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Hi-Ho Mistahey!

Hi-Ho Mistahey!

Fourteen-year-old Shannen Koostachin launched a campaign to build a suitable school for the children of the Cree community of Attawapiskat in 2008. Two years later, tragedy struck when Shannen was killed in a car accident. Her campaign became a national movement, bringing people from all walks of life together to make Shannen's Dream — the dream of fairness in education for First Nations children, in schools that are safe and welcoming — a reality.With the documentary Hi-Ho Mistahey!, Alanis Obomsawin brings together the voices of those who have taken Shannen's Dream across Canada and all the way to the United Nations in Geneva, in a larger-than-life adventure. In February 2012, a motion on education for First Nations children passed unanimously in the House of Commons. The voice of the children had been heard, and construction of a new school in Attawapiskat could finally begin

“Beautiful film, heart touching, informative, soul penetrating, made with the love of a powerful filmmaker and woman of inspiring integrity and meaning - Alanis Obomsawin. Thank you to Shannen, Shannen's family and friends for sharing their journey with us. Miigwech”


Main credits

Obomsawin, Alanis (film director)
Obomsawin, Alanis (screenwriter)
Obomsawin, Alanis (film producer)
Obomsawin, Alanis (narrator)

Other credits

Editor, Alison Burns; director of photography, René Sioui Labelle; original music, Alain Auger.

Docuseek subjects

Distributor subjects

Children and Youth
Aboriginal Peoples in Canada
Attawapiskat Indian Reserve No. 91 (Ont.)
Indigenous peoples
Right to education


; "Hi-Ho Mistahey!"; National Film Board of Canada