February 14 marks the annual Have a Heart Day, a campaign for First Nations children to get the same chance as other Canadians to grow up healthy, safe, with a good education, and proud of their cultures.
Today children and youth rallied at Parliament Hill for the annual Have a Heart Day. In support of the campaign, the National Film Board is offering a free, online screening of the new Alanis Obomsawin film, Hi-Ho Mistahey!
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Obomsawin’s film depicts the Shannen’s Dream Campaign. The late Shannen Koostachin was a youth activist from Attawapiskat who launched a national call for First Nations children to have access to a quality, culturally-based education.
A scene from the annual Have a Heart day, started by the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society, in Ottawa is featured in the film.
Hi-Ho Mistahey is available free online from Feb. 14- 16.