SchoolBOX Indigenous Library Project
SchoolBOX is excited to partner with Indigenous youth leaders to ‘Make Education Possible’ by installing our first library in an Indigenous community in Canada.
The Indigenous Youth Empowering Students (IYES) program is the catalyst for the SchoolBOX Indigenous Library Project, launching in 2017. Since 2009 the IYES program has enabled 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 launching a new pilot program, working with an Indigenous community to install our first on-reserve library 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 Indigenous communities.
Terri’s Story: Our Reason for Action
Terri Meekis is an Anishnaabe single mom from the Wabuskang 21 First Nations Reserve, in Treaty 3 Territory, Northwestern 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 First Nation 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 Indigenous communities!
Terri teaching children about the medicine wheel and playing tag, in Nicaragua.
For more information on our Indigenous Library Project, email Sarah Kerr at email@example.com.
- Launch the SchoolBOX Indigenous Library Project in 2017.
- Empower leaders of the Wabauskang First Nation with books and resources to start a library on their reserve.
- Partner with additional Indigenous communities where our IYES leaders have roots to create culturally relevant school libraries in communities across Canada.
- Apply 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.
Contact Sarah Kerr for more information on how to help: firstname.lastname@example.org