TORONTO, Nov. 30, 2011 /CNW/ - The Ontario Public School Boards'
Association is urging its member boards to support the Canadian Red
Cross in its efforts to meet the immediate needs of families in
Attawapiskat. With families living in tents or makeshift wooden
shelters and without running water, the Canadian Red Cross is
mobilizing to meet the challenges in Attawapiskat.
The Canadian Red Cross is working closely with the community and public
authorities to determine the best course of action to address this
crisis. Donations are desperately needed for emergency supplies such as
heaters, blankets, generators, insulated sleeping mats and winter
"Our member school boards are tremendously giving and care deeply about
the welfare of the children of Attawapiskat," said OPSBA president
Catherine Fife. "Donations made to the Canadian Red Cross reinforce our
commitment to the Attawapiskat community."
The plight of the students in Attawapiskat has been an ongoing cause for
the Ontario Public School Boards' Association. In 2008, the OPSBA Board
of Directors unanimously passed a motion urging the Government of
Canada to fund the building of a new school in the Attawapiskat
community. For 11 years now, the children at Attawapiskat have been
promised a real school instead of makeshift portables. They were moved
into portables 11 years ago when a diesel spill left their school
environment toxic. Poorly resourced, even dilapidated, on-reserve
schools are deplorably common across remote Northern First Nation
Conditions for First Nations children and youth are the subject of
endless, often ignored, studies. The research shows that First Nations
children face increased challenges to health and mental well-being with
suicide rates among youth five to six times higher than is found in the
Canadians wishing to make a financial donation may give online at www.redcross.ca, call 1-800-418-1111 or contact their local Canadian Red Cross office.
SOURCE Ontario Public School Boards' Association
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