Attawapiskat State Of Emergency
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.
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?
The First Nations community of Eastmain has sent 117 boxes full of dry goods and Christmas gifts to Attawapiskat. About 1,800
Far from the shambling tents and tarps that the world now knows as Attawapiskat -- a northern Ontario reserve that catapulted
A B.C. Chief is warning First Nations that have declared a state of emergency because of living conditions in northern Ontario
For most Canadians, an unlimited supply of clean water flowing freely from a tap and imperceptibly whisking away their waste
As the Canadian Red Cross prepares to send aid to the northern Ontario Cree community of Attawapiskat this week to help it
The Canadian Red Cross will help bring aid to the Attawapiskat reserve in Northern Ontario where a state of emergency has
UPDATE: Officials from the Aboriginal Affairs department will be in Attawapiskat early next week, Minister John Duncan told