Butterfly Monument: A tribute to Shannen Koostachin

Jules Koostachin and Rick Miller

2017, 28:40 minutes, colour, English with closed caption

TAPECODE 1009.04

Butterfly Monument documents the creation a public memorial dedicated to the late Shannen Koostachin, a young Cree education advocate from Attawapiskat First Nation, Moskekowok territory. Through personal stories shared by Shannen’s immediate family we learn about who Shannen was and what motivated her passionate crusade for equitable access to education for Indigenous children and youth. The film also documents director Jules Koostachin’s efforts to lead the community campaign that made this public monument to her young relation a reality.

Shannen was a trailblazer with Canada’s largest youth-led activist group when she sadly passed away at the young age of 15. Her legacy is kept active by Shannen’s Dream, a national campaign for improved First Nation schooling. The Butterfly Monument, Canada’s first public monument honouring a Cree youth is located on the traditional territories of Timiskaming First Nation, in the City of Temiskaming Shores, Ontario.

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