Heartspeak about Shannen’s Dream Main DVD

English & Français


Shannen Koostachin had a dream that all First Nation children would have an education in safe, “comfy” schools. The Heartspeak about Shannen’s Dream DVD (English) features a short educational documentary (14:33 min) that succinctly captures the story of Shannen's Dream. In her short life, Shannen has inspired national interest to carry on the fight for equitable education rights for all First Nation children and youth.

A Message to the Educational Community
(2:45 min) is also on the DVD.


Heartspeak is a vehicle to spark dialogue and creative expression with the goal to share, educate, and make a difference.

Youth take centre stage on Heartspeak to share their insights, experiences and talents to inspire us all to action—to improve our relationships, school, home and community lives.

The expanding Heartspeak library covers topics such as

  1. indigenous/aboriginal peoples

  2. bullying

  3. eating disorders

  4. transitions to post-secondary education

  5. relationships with:

  6. family (parents/siblings/extended/blended families)

  7. peers

  8. mentors/finding role models

  9. teachers

  10. depression/anxiety

  11. mental health

  12. violence/sexual assault

  13. learning disabilities

  14. coping with loss/illness/injury

  15. and more

Shannen’s Day of Action Companion DVD

On April 27, 2011, Heartspeak joined students, educators, families, politicians, and social justice seekers on Parliament Hill to stand up for education rights in Canada. See inspirational highlights on Heartspeak’s Shannen’s National Day of Action DVD.

We can create a better future.


Day of Action 2011

Le rêve de Shannen


Proceeds from all Heartspeak DVDs, workshops, presentations and screenings will support Heartspeak programs.

Heartspeak about Shannen’s Dream





Heartspeak’s Making Shannen’s Dream a Reality is the perfect way to compliment these DVD resources and create an interactive, engaging, and memorable learning experience.

english | français

Heartspeak about Books with no Bounds
Episode 1 - NEW

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. To date, these exceptional young role models have shipped over 68,000 books to all 49 communities in the Nishnawbe Aski Nation and beyond.

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


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Where are the Hallways?

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.


Workshops/Presentations available on subject matter from all DVDs
Includes screening, Q&A with documentary filmmaker Shelley Steele, and panel discussion.

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