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She will be selling food like pizza for a donation, and providing information on the current crisis.

There will be a board of information on Attawapiskat as well as Shannen’s Dream, a 15-year old girl from the community who fought to bring a school to her hometown, but tragically died in a car crash before achieving her goal. The poster boards were made with the help of youth from the Rising Spirit Youth Centre earlier this week.

The elementary school in Attawapiskat was closed in May of 2000 because of possible health problems from a massive diesel fuel leak in the area in 1979. There will also be a letter writing area set up, where people can write letters to Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities Chuck Strahl, urging him to help the community get a school back.

Knott first learned about the plight in Attawapiskat and Shannen’s Dream last summer, and when she heard about the most recent conditions, she felt compelled to help in some way. She worries about the effect this will have on the children, calling the situation “appalling”.

On October 28, 2011, the community of Attawapiskatt declared a state of emergency for the third time in as many years. Residents are living in tents and temporary shelters while temperatures drop dangerously low, and many buildings lack electricity and running water.

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