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Attawapiskat, Revisited: While Many Indigenous Communities are Economically Impoverished, They Are Far From Poor

By Leanne Simpson. Leanne is of Mississauga Nishnaabeg ancestry and is the author of Dancing on Our Turtle’s Back: Stories of Nishnaabeg Re-Creation, Resurgence and a New Emergence. She is the editor of Lightening the Eighth Fire: The Liberation, Resurgence and Protection of Indigenous Nations and This is an Honour Song: Twenty Years Since the Blockades, all published by Arbeiter Ring Publishing in Winnipeg.

As usual posting this should not be taken as an endorsement of the line of Leanne Simpson.

At the time of writing this, three months have passed since Attawapiskat became a household name in Canada. Three months, and the band-aid solution of 22 homes has not been delivered and the community remains virtually unchanged. Three months, and the issues this community brought to the consciousness of Canadians have been all but forgotten.

We all like to believe that things are shifting in Indigenous-state relationships. We like to believe that things are getting better, that we’ve moved on from the circumstances that created flashpoint events like the Oka Crisis, Ipperwash, and Caledonia. Read the rest of this entry

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“Band-Aid” Resistance in Attiwapiskat

The so-called Assembly of First Nations, lead by 'National Chief' Shawn Atleo (centre) is the chief Native comprador body in Canada

A new article by Johnny Hawke of the northern Ontario based Anishinabek Confederacy to Invoke our Nationhood (ACTION). In this article he examines the indigenous response to the situation in the Cree community of Attiwapiskat that has been in the mainstream Canadian media so much lately and consequently and driving White people into a fury again about Indians.

The Mushkegowuk Community of Attawapiskat is making headlines in the media where they have declared a state of emergency regarding their housing crisis where any response has only provided shelter for the massive public opinions on tax payer’s rights, corruption, third party management, accountability, sovereignty, and civil disobedience, while the real issue of housing gets left out in the cold. Read the rest of this entry