Life isn’t very good for the people of Attawapiskat. The people in the northern Ontario community have suffered through housing problems, sewage backups, conflicts over the local De Beers diamond mine, and allegations of severe mismanagement by former chief Theresa Spence and her non-native boyfriend who kept the books
This week things got worse when it was announced Attawapiskat was experiencing a suicide crisis. NDP MP Charlie Angus didn’t realize this problem was happening in his home riding until this week, he responded by calling for an emergency House of Commons debate. A team was dispatched including Assembly of First Nations chief Perry Bellegarde, Ontario Health Minister Eric Hoskins, and Minister for Children and Youth Tracy MacCharles- they came bearing $2 million in temporary aid, with a promise of a long-term solution.
On that same day – while Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada should have been busy working on a tragic emergency – a group of self-promoting idiots marched into INAC’s Ontario regional headquarters and shut them down. The media was all over the protest like a fly on a bright light. Later that evening the protesters had a visitor, Grand Chief Derek Nepinak- who spent the evening “in solidarity” with the people who helped orchestrate one of the cruelest incidents of indigenous abuse that’s happened this century.