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Children of the Broken Treaty

Canada's Lost Promise and One Girl's Dream

by (author) Charlie Angus

University of Regina Press
Initial publish date
Aug 2015
Native American Studies, General, Human Rights
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Children of the Broken Treaty exposes a system of apartheid in Canada that led to the largest youth-driven human rights movement in the country's history. The movement was inspired by Shannen Koostachin, a young Cree girl named by George Stroumboulopoulos as one of "five teenage girls in history who kicked ass." All Shannen wanted was a decent education. She found an ally in Charlie Angus, who had not idea she was going to change his life and inspire others to change the country. Based on extensive documentation assembled from Freedom of Information requests, Angus establishes a dark, unbroken line that extends from the policies of John A. Macdonald to the government of today. He provides chilling insight into how Canada--through breaches of treaties and callous neglect--has deliberately denied First Nations children their basic human rights.

About the author


Charlie Angus has served as the NDP Member of Parliament for Timmins-James Bay since 2004. In 1985 he formed the Juno-nominated alt-country band Grievous Angels. He became involved in politics through his organizing efforts to stop the Adams Mine garbage proposal and numerous plans to import PCBs to Northern Ontario. He is author/co-author of five books on Northern Ontario life and culture including We Lived A Life And Then Some and Mirrors of Stone.


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