Client: The Office of the Provincial Advocate for Children and Youth
Designer and Illustrator: Una Lee
The multicoloured bubbles represent children’s dreams – their optimism and fragility. The red, yellow, white and black bubbles on the cover of the report bear the colours of the medicine wheel and are separated from the other bubbles. The artwork asks whether the dreams of First Nations youth are as important, and therefore should be as well nurtured, as the dreams of non-Native youth. In February 2012, a delegation of First Nations youth presented this report to the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC), where they testified about their experiences of inequity in the Canadian education system. After the report presentation and media generated by the delegation, Members of Parliament unanimously supported a motion to ensure that First Nations students have access to the same quality of education as non-First Nations students, and a UNCRC rapporteur has accepted an invitation for an unofficial visit to Canada.