Attawapiskat Emergency

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Book Excerpt: Children of the Broken Treaty

The state of emergency was declared on Oct. 28, 2011, by Attawapiskat's new chief, Theresa Spence. I had known her through her work on council. She didn't strike me as a firebrand or overly political. She was worried that, as the arctic winter descended on the community, people in these makeshift quarters could die. Days turned into weeks, and the temperature kept dropping. Officials from the regional office of Aboriginal Affairs spoke with the community about advancing some money to repair some of the condemned houses, but there was no offer to help get the families out of the tents and shacks.
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Attawapiskat Neighbour In Dire Straits

OTTAWA - A year after the northern Ontario community of Attawapiskat jarred the country's conscience with its deplorable housing conditions, the reserve next door has only narrowly averted a similar c...
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On the Anniversary of Attawapiskat, One Film Tells the Real Story

This week will mark the first anniversary since Attawawpiskat First Nation declared a state of emergency over the abysmal housing situation on the James Bay coast. Footage of the living conditions in this isolated community shocked Canadians and resulted in a media firestorm. The crisis became a cultural Pandora's box that unleashed numerous issues and misconceptions regarding our relationship with Canada's First Peoples. Now on the eve of this dark anniversary, Canada's "Katrina" moment has made it to the big screen. And who better equipped to tell the real story of the 2011-housing crisis than iconic filmmaker Alanis Obamsawin?
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God Save Our Queen!

With respect to those who suggest we henceforth do without the British Monarchy, there wouldn't be a Canada without the British Monarchy. This trumps everything as regards this debate. We have real problems in Canada at the moment -- and the British Monarchy isn't one of them.
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Work Complete On Attawapiskat Shelter

ATTAWAPISKAT, Ont. - A healing centre in the troubled Attawapiskat reserve has been turned into a temporary shelter as the band struggles with a housing crisis.The retrofiting of the shelter is aimed...
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Battle Over Attawapiskat Manager Rages

OTTAWA - Even a brief period under third-party management is too much for the community of Attawapiskat, according to a local grand chief.Stan Louttit of the Mushkegowuk Council that includes the Jame...