Children of the Broken Treaty
Canada's Lost Promise and One Girl's Dream
ISBN: 9780889774018
Year: 2015
Pages: 342
Binding: Paperback
$27.95

"Gripping. Disturbing. Maddening. A must read." Joseph Boyden 

"The story of sustained evil done by our government to Indigenous peoples... discomforting reading, but essential." John Ralston Saul 

Children of the Broken Treaty exposes a system of apartheid in Canada that led to the largest youth-driven human rights movement in the country’s history. The movement was inspired by Shannen Koostachin, a young Cree woman whom George Stroumboulopoulos named as one of “five teenage girls who kicked ass in history.”
 
All Shannen wanted was a decent education. She found an ally in Charlie Angus, who had no idea she was going to change his life and inspire others to change the country.
 
Based on extensive documentation assembled from Freedom of Information requests, Angus establishes a dark, unbroken line that extends from the policies of John A. Macdonald to the government of today. He provides chilling insight into how Canada--through breaches of treaties, broken promises, and callous neglect--deliberately denied First Nations children their basic human rights.

"I keep thinking how incredible it is that a Member of Parliament could care so much about his constituency." Alanis Obamsawin 

"Shannen did everything in her power to ensure First Nations children would get the proper education they deserve and after reading this book, you will too." Cindy Blackstock 

 

CONTENTS

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS.....................................................................................................XI

INTRODUCTION...................................................................................................................XIII

PART I: THE SHADOW OF ST. ANNE’S

Duncan Campbell Scott Comes to James Bay...............................................................5

The Mission School............................................................................................................ 13

Three Little Boys...................................................................................................................25

The ’60s’ Solution.................................................................................................................29

The Chrétien Letter...............................................................................................................36

One Little Boy.........................................................................................................................43

The Dark Legacy...................................................................................................................47

James Bay Education after St.Anne’s.............................................................................54

PART II: FIRE AND WATER, 2004–06

James Bay Journey.............................................................................................................67

The Water Crisis.................................................................................................................71

Fire and Flood.....................................................................................................................85

PART III: ATTAWAPISKAT SCHOOL CAMPAIGN, 2007–09

The Third Generation........................................................................................................95

Students Helping Students............................................................................................101

Containing the Damage.................................................................................................107

The Spark..........................................................................................................................116

Shannen Meets Chuck...................................................................................................119

The Disappearing School..............................................................................................130

The Fight Goes International........................................................................................140

Education Is a Human Right.........................................................................................147

Grade Nine.......................................................................................................................151

Six Boys, One Girl...........................................................................................................155

The Year of Emergencies.............................................................................................160

The Darkest Part of the Night.......................................................................................165

People in Tents...............................................................................................................173

Labour Joins the Fight..................................................................................................179

Attawapiskat Wins.........................................................................................................184

PART IV: SHANNEN’S DREAM, 2010

Tragedy............................................................................................................................191

A Litter of Puppies.........................................................................................................196

The Dream Is Launched.............................................................................................208

PART V: CANADA’S KATRINA MOMENT, 2011–12

The 2011 Housing Crisis...........................................................................................219

Rise of the Trolls..........................................................................................................231

Christmas in Attawapiskat.........................................................................................241

From Hawaii to Idle No More.....................................................................................248

PART VI: THE FUTURE IS NOW, 2012–15

The United Nations.....................................................................................................259

The Rogue Chiefs.......................................................................................................269

Shannen’s Team.........................................................................................................278

CONCLUSION..............................................................................................................284

NOTES............................................................................................................................291

SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY.......................................................................................319

Charlie Angus

Charlie Angus is a musician, writer, and Member of Parliament for Timmins-James Bay.
"Children of the Broken Treaty is an incredibly important book. At times it is difficult to read -- it really makes your blood boil at the injustices the Treaty 9 people have had to endure."
Christine Smith (McFarlane), Rabble.ca
"I knew about Rosa Parks, now I know about Shannen Koostachin. Not enough I'm sure, but enough to make me sad and angry-and hopeful."
Jim Creskey, Embassy News
"The story is at times inspiring, at other times infuriating. The author's interest in the issue is genuine and heartfelt....An exemplary piece of writing and reporting that merits attention from the country's many non-fiction writing prizes."
Dan Rowe, Quill and Quire
"The NDP... has promised to uphold indigenous treaty rights and inherent rights, to call a national inquiry into missing and murdered indigenous women, and invest in essential funding for First Nations education and infrastructure--a move passionately advocated by NDP member of parliament Charlie Angus in his recent book, Children of the Broken Treaty, released while on the campaign trail."
Julian Noisecat, The Guardian
Charlie Angus joins Stu Mills in studio along with Nadine Tookate, who just finished grade 8 at the school Shannen fought for.
All In A Day, CBC Ottawa
Thirteen-year-old Shannen Koostachin understood that her fight for a proper school in her home community was more than just a request for infrastructure; she was also demanding the same opportunities for a healthy, prosperous future that are given to other Canadian children. In this excerpt, Charlie Angus documents a turning point in the campaign for a proper school, in May 2008, when Shannen Koostachin faced the Minister of Indian Affairs.
Excerpt, Hill Times
MP's new book tells story of girl who stood up to Ottawa on First Nations education
Josh Dehaas, CTV News
Native Vote Could Make The Difference in Canada's Elections
Julian Brave NoiseCat, Huff Post (US)
Shannen's Dream an inspiration for Attawapiskat valedictorian visiting Ottawa
News, APTN
Cover-up of residential school crimes a national shame
Jesse Staniforth, Toronto Star
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