8:00-9:30 PM EDT
The short film, Butterfly Monument, documents the creation of a public memorial dedicated to the late Shannen Koostachin, a young Cree education advocate from Attawapiskat First Nation. Shannen was a trailblazer with Canada’s largest youth-led activist group when she sadly passed away at 15.
This important film is especially relevant during Indigenous History month. Butterfly Monument works to counter the discriminatory ideas of Indigenous persons and offers a story of resilience and diversity, and humanity.
Jules Koostachin, Andrew Koostachin, and Irene Linklater will set the stage for this important film and respond to questions following the screening.
Born in Moose Factory Ontario, Jules was raised by her Cree-speaking grandparents in Moosonee, and also with her mother in Ottawa, a warrior of the Canadian Residential school system. Jules is a band member of Attawapiskat First Nation, the Ancestral lands of the MoshKeKo AsKi InNiNeWak. She resides in Vancouver with her family. She completed her PhD with GRSJ at the University of British Columbia, her research MooNaHaTihKaaSiWew: Unearthing Spirit focuses on Indigenous documentary.
A day school survivor, Andrew Koostachin, was born and raised in Kattawapiskak, which is a proper name for Attawapiskat. His family traditional homeland is at Nakatwesakii (Lake River, ON) where his ancestors harvested the land and roamed the area for survival for many years. He left his home community at 13 yrs old, to pursue his high learning in Ottawa, Timmins and North Bay. He lived for 4 years in Toronto after college, then in 1988 returned home, met his beautiful wife, Jenny, and started a family. They both shared and raised seven children, their third child, a beautiful girl by the name of Shannen Koostachin. Andrew worked for the Attawapiskat First Nation Education Authority, as a student counsellor at JR Nakogee Elementary School for 20 years, and is now currently working as Arena Manager at the Reg Louttit Sportsplex, the community’s recreational facility since 2012. His involvement with the community leadership has helped him to stay active focusing on youths. He currently serving his 4th Term as member of council, with portfolios, on Lands and Resources, Social Panel, Education and Youths.