You Are Invited to a ‘Have a Heart For Our Indigenous Youth’ Event in Niagara, Ontario

–         ACall-Out to Our Government To Adequately Fund Child Welfare Services

 An Invitation to you from the Niagara Centre NDP

 Posted February 8th, 2017 on Niagara At Large

 Niagara, Ontario –  This coming Saturday, February 11th, The Niagara Centre NDP invites you to Have a Heart for our indigenous youth: call on our government to adequately fund child welfare services.

The film Hi-Ho Mistahey will be screened at this event following by a group discussion

Hi-Ho Mistahey, produced by indigenous filmmaker Alanis Obomsawin, will be screened at this event following by a group discussion

The Niagara Centre NDP invites you to mark the National Day of Action on Equity for Indigenous Youth on Saturday, Feb. 11, from 1:00 to 4:00 pm, at the Community Room in Welland Civic Square (City Hall) 60 East Main Street, in Welland. 

Canada is failing its indigenous youth – and it’s a tragedy and a national disgrace.

In a historic ruling in January 2016, the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal found the Canadian government racially discriminated against 163, 000 First Nations kids by systematically underfunding federal services that put their lives at risk. 

But a year later, and despite a unanimous vote in the House for the government to immediately stop the underfunding and comply with the historic ruling, this discrimination continues. 

New Democrats are joining with the First Nations Child & Family Caring Society of Canada to call on the government to comply with the Tribunal’s ruling and put an end to discrimination against First Nations children. 

Saturday’s program by the Niagara Centre NDP begins with a screening of the feature film Hi-Ho Mistahey! (“Love you, forever”), followed by discussion led by two well-known members of our local indigenous community, Celeste Smith and Leigh-Ann Hill.

Directed by indigenous filmmaker, Alanis Obomsawin, Hi-Ho Mistahey! tells the fascinating story of the  “Shannen’s Dream” campaign to improve on-reserve education in Attawapiskat, after the federal government backed away from giving the community a desperately-needed new school. The film is  an inspiring and often heart-breaking story of youth activism and the struggle for Indigenous schooling in the North.

The Niagara Centre NDP will provide you with postcards to send to Ottawa to indicate your concern and your support for this fight for fairness for indigenous children.

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 “A politician thinks of the next election. A leader thinks of the next generation.” – Bernie Sanders




One response to “You Are Invited to a ‘Have a Heart For Our Indigenous Youth’ Event in Niagara, Ontario

  1. When this Provincial Liberal Government has the funds to give communities to “CELEBRATE”Canada’s 150 Years…I wonder just where the Priorities Lie
    Is it more important to put on a bogus big show and cut the Funding of Autistic Children or to cut a milk substantiate that a child needs to live or to cut or eliminate funding to indigenous Children…I just do not get it …. AS Billions of dollars were wasted by this Provincial Liberal Government and they are clueless when it comes to Health Care needs….Get rid of these f***** Governments whose only concern seems to be pay back to their huge Corporate Donors.


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