After 14 years, new school finally set to open in Attawapiskat

Chelsea-Jane Edwards

Chelsea-Jane Edwards


The new school year is still a month away, but the excitement is building in Attawapiskat. This year they'll finally be attending classes in a new, permanent school. It's been 14 years since the former elementary school in Attawapiskat was condemned for toxic contamination.

Chelsea-Jane Edwards was one of the people who campaigned hard for the school.
"As a child growing up I never had the opportunity to go to a real school, only in portables, which were run down. I didn't have that learning atmosphere."
Since 2000, four different Aboriginal Affairs Ministers have promised or said that the school would be built. "When we they announced that we were going to get a new school, which was the fourth time," Ms. Edwards tells guest host Helen Mann.

"I wasn't sure if I should believe it. And the only way I would believe it was when I'd see the new school standing. And right now it is standing. And it's a dream come true."

UPDATE: After a referendum on August 27th, the community named their school "Kattawapiskak." You can find out more here.

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