Indigenous/Aboriginal Issues

Heartspeak builds on and strengthens the safe schools, equity and inclusion policies and also provides a vehicle to move forward The Accepting Schools Act in Ontario.
Heartspeak is bridging intergenerational and cross-cultural dialogue.

Bring a Heartspeak with Shelley workshop to your school.
Hear what youth are saying. Speak out to create a better future.

Books with no Bounds

This introductory Heartspeak episode presents the mission of Books with no Bounds, co-founded by “teen sisters on a mission,” Julia and Emma Mogus, as they strive to bring the gift of reading to children and youth in Canada's northern First Nation communities.

Learn more about the lives and issues confronting today's Aboriginal children and youth alongside Emma and Julia.


Available from Heartspeak

  1. DVD — Heartspeak about Books with no Bounds

  2. Workshop — Making Shannen’s Dream a Reality

 

Shannen’s Dream

All she wanted was to go to a real school.
She became a role model and a legend.

Heartspeak has helped document the Shannen’s Dream campaign and has touched several schools across Canada and South Africa with engaging workshops. Learn More

Our Dreams Matter Too

The 3rd Annual Our Dreams Matter Too Walk will be held on June 11, 2014. Featuring footage from the Our Dreams Matter Too walk (2013) in Oakville, Ontario, youth leaders Wes Prankard, Founder of Northern Starfish, and Julia & Emma Mogus, Co-founders of Books With No Bounds, encourage children, youth, families, schools, and organizations to write letters to your MP and the Prime Minister supporting culturally based equity for First Nations children and organize a walk to a mailbox in your community. Learn More at the First Nations Child & Family Caring Society of Canada

  1. HeartspeakTV — Our Dreams Matter Too Walk

NationTalk Radio Interview

Shelley Steele, Founder of Heartspeak is interviewed on NationTalk about Heartspeak’s mission to produce inspirational, educational, and social media featuring young role models, as they share lessons learned based on lived experiences.

Topics include bullying, mental health and addiction, leadership, disability, racism, gender issues, the inequities faced by First Nation children in Canada, and more.

Listen on NationTalk now

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Fsxn8zt9zU&list=UUPuzo-wQfI_vUetj1SuBi2g
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Fsxn8zt9zU&list=UUPuzo-wQfI_vUetj1SuBi2g

Where are the Hallways NEW

Provides insight into the day-to-day lived experiences of students and staff in Kashechewan First Nation who attend St. Andrew’s Elementary School. Attending school in portables, the elementary students, staff and parents address the need for a new elementary school in Kashechewan. Students share perspectives regarding school life—the challenges, supports, successes, the importance of education and their hopes for a better future.

  1. Workshop — Inquire

  2. DVD — Where are the Hallways?

Making Reconciliation a Reality NEW

Stories of Reconciliation provides a vehicle and educational tool to inspire dialogue and reconciliation. Stories of Reconciliation features people from all walks of life—students, educators, singer/songwriters, residential school survivors, ministers, parents, community leaders, a former Prime Minister—sharing lived experiences, stories, and strategies to encourage leadership for all—to make reconciliation a reality. Also features Final TRC Event, Justice Sinclair/Walk for Reconciliation). Excerpts will be screened.

  1. Workshop — Inquire