SchoolBOX Canada: Indigenous Youth Empowering Students

SchoolBOX is excited to partner with IYES alumni youth leaders to ‘Make Education Possible’ in Indigenous communities in Canada

The Indigenous Youth Empowering Students (IYES) program is the catalyst for SchoolBOX Canada, our newest program launching in 2017. The IYES program enables Indigenous youth to travel to Nicaragua on a school build project where they are able to embrace their own cultural identity and customs through sharing them with the children of Nicaragua.

Our long-term vision has been to empower Indigenous youth to use their experiences in Nicaragua to become leaders of change in their home communities. According to AFN, only 39% of reserve schools in Canada are equipped with libraries, and almost 50% of reserve communities are in need of a new school. Given the need for educational resources here in Canada, SchoolBOX is working towards equipping schools in Indigenous communities with libraries in 2017. 

The story of one of our IYES alumni, Terri Meekis, is one of the reasons we are committed to ‘Make Education Possible’ not only in Nicaragua but also in Canadian Indigenous communities.

Terri’s Story: Our Reason for Action
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Terri Meekis is an Anishnaabe single mom from the Wabuskang 21 First Nations Reserve, in Treaty 3 Territory, northern Ontario. She traveled to Nicaragua with SchoolBOX’s Indigenous Youth Empowering Students (IYES) program in 2012. During her trip, Terri helped to construct a school and library in an impoverished Nicaraguan community and shared her Indigenous culture with the children.

Terri’s heart for empowerment through education is all the more significant given that her own Waubuskang 21 Reserve community is currently without an elementary school or a library. Her children have to travel each day outside of their community to attend elementary school. Unfortunately, their experience is not unique.

Terri’s story, similar to many other Indigenous communities, is our motivation launch SchoolBOX’s first library in Treaty 3 Territory in northern Ontario.

Our goal is to provide educational resources and empowerment to Canadian Indigenous communities!

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Terri teaching children about the medicine wheel and playing tag, in Nicaragua.
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For more information on SchoolBOX Canada, email Sarah Kerr at sarah@schoolbox.ca.

  • Launching SchoolBOX Canada: Indigenous Youth Empowering Students in 2017.
  • Empowering leaders in a Treaty 3 reserve community with books and resources to start a library in an on-reserve elementary school.
  • Partner with additional Indigenous communities where our IYES leaders have roots to create culturally relevant school libraries in communities across Canada.
  • Applying SchoolBOX’s 10 years of experience providing educational tools and facilities in Nicaragua, to First nations, Metis and Inuit communities in Canada through our Indigenous youth leaders.

SchoolBOX is now raising funds for the first library in Treaty 3 Territory.

Please visit our CanadaHelps page to donate:

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Cash or cheques can be mailed to:

SchoolBOX Inc.
Attn: SchoolBOX Canada
PO Box 201, Mill St.
Almonte, Ontario,
Canada, K0A 1A0

Contact Sarah Kerr for more information on how to help: sarah@schoolbox.ca