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St. Pats Kicks Off Campaign For Attawapiskat: Students Want New School for their Coastal Friends

by NationTalk on February 8, 2008826 Views

2008-02-08

The grade five class at St. Patrick’s School in Cobalt have joined the fight for a new school in Attawapiskat. The class is joining the “students helping students” letter-writing campaign to call on the federal government to live up to its commitment to build a grade school in the remote community.Charlie Angus will be speaking to the students on the needs for a school. “It is wonderful to see students outside of Attawapiskat recognizing the needs of others. Too often we turn a blind eye to the plight of distant communities. But this school and these youngsters obviously care about ensuring every child has a decent education.”

Angus says the Federal government should learn from this. “It is amazing how many teachers, students and parents understand the dire situation that exists up the coast, yet the people responsible for the well being of First nations don’t seem to care. We have seen numerous schools in my riding get facelifts and upgrades in the last couple of years. But none of these were in the same boat as the Attawapiskat school. Why does one segment get immediate attention while another segment suffers?”

Last month, Angus launched a letter-writing campaign asking other schools to get involved in the federal government lobby effort.

St Patrick’s School has decided to make this effort their project for Lent.

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