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We, the undersigned, believe that the Government of Canada has been unfair to those whom it serves, namely the First Nations peoples and specifically those of Attawapiskat in the James Bay Coastal Region.

The Government of Canada, through its functional branch Indian and Northern Affairs Canada, has left the J. R. Nakogee school contaminated by a diesel fuel spill since 1979 and unusable since the year 2000. The Nishnawbi Aske people of Attawapiskat were promised by three separate Ministers responsible for INAC that a new school would be built for the children. The latest Minister for INAC, the Hon. Chuck Strahl, was in Attawapiskat were he met with the Nishnawbi Aske Band Council, Chiefs, and elders and announced funding for a new facility to be built in the spring of 2008.

The rejoicing of the community was short-lived as the very same Minister turned around and without warning cancelled the funding and halted the plans for the construction of the new school. The spokesperson for INAC, when interviewed on CBC North Radio, reiterated that the primary concerns of INAC was to address the Health and Safety concerns of the community. We feel that this is a bald-faced lie, as the children are now in crowded classrooms, where the doors and windows do not close properly; where the bathrooms do not always work; where the bathroom doors cannot be closed; where the children are exposed to mold levels that would not be tolerated in any public school in Canada; where young students have to walk in the cold with wind chills reaching -50 to reach the gymnasium or the library; where the meals and snacks are prepared in areas still contaminated by diesel fumes and by mold growth and rodent infestations.

We believe that the Government of Canada is obligated to honour the rights of First Nations peoples to education in acceptable facilities as promised and outlined in Treaty 9. We the undersigned decry the deplorable way that the Government has continued to treat First Nations people as second-class citizens by denying them facilities considered a right by any other group of students within Canada. We the undersigned protest to the utmost the cancellation of the school in Attawapiskat, among others, and challenge the Government to do the right and legally required thing by providing the funding for the new school facility and by cleaning up the fuel contamination in the community of Attawapiskat.

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Latest Signatures

  • 08 October 2015100. Kandy Fernandez
    Please reconsider. It is unfair that these children have to be educated in such an unsafe environment.
  • 01 September 201599. David T
    I support this petition
  • 29 June 201598. Kat G
    I support this petition
  • 27 May 201597. Paul H
    I fully endorse this petition
  • 02 October 201496. Penny D
    These are basic human rights not being met for children in our country. Education is a right, not a privilege, so please rebuild this school!!! Address, Postal Code Hamilton, ON
  • 13 August 201495. Bonnie D
    How much longer is Canada going to deny Aboriginal peoples existance? Unacceptable.
  • 19 March 201494. Poneill Walton
    I support this petition
  • 28 February 201493. Samantha H
    The fight for this school has gone on long enough, and it is time for the government to do something about this. Address, Postal Code Woodstock, Ontario
  • 24 December 201392. Kathy W
    I support this petition
  • 28 November 201391. Anthony T
    let us move forward and help where it is needed Address, Postal Code caledon, ontario
  • 21 November 201390. Gini S
    As an educator (albeit at the post-secondary level), I was truly saddened to learn about the situation in Attawapiskat. I believe that all children living in Canada should have the right to receive a solid elementary and secondary school education. That t
  • 28 September 201389. Telford E
    I support this petition
  • 26 September 201388. Shelly E
    I support this petition
  • 21 January 201387. Lois B
    I support this petition
  • 18 September 201286. Christopher L
    It is the Government of Canada's responsibility to ensure an excellent quality of life for our First Nations, sending qualified and emphathetic people to work with the members of our First Nations' communities to help them realize their aspirations. Anyth
  • 16 September 201285. Matthew D
    I support this petition
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  • 21 June 201283. Sharon H
    there is no reason the Canadian Government should allow this injustice to occur. All children deserve proper schools and healthy conditions. The government's denial is an act of racism and is a criminal act against the constitution of human rights. Addre
  • 20 June 201282. Kyle V
    This is an example of the government abusing our rights!!! Address, Postal Code 540 Sherbourne St Apt 1203 Toronto On M4X1L2
  • 19 May 201281. Mark G
    I support this petition
  • 08 May 201280. Susan W
    Everyone deserves a safe place to learn! Address, Postal Code Barrie Ontario
  • 04 May 201279. Larena S
    do the right thing! and not the right thing for just you, but for everyone present and future!
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Shawn PenningtonBy:
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