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Aboriginal Housing Crisis in Canada Threatens to Explode

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Efforts by the Red Cross, and emergency funding for housing repairs, have improved the most dire of Attawapiskat's housing situations, but Spence and other leaders hope meetings with government can address the wider aboriginal housing crisis by resettin


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Past Member (0)
Saturday February 9, 2013, 6:23 am

Mike S (86)
Saturday February 9, 2013, 8:18 am
Noted and thank you Cal.

Winn Adams (179)
Saturday February 9, 2013, 3:47 pm
Thanks for the info.

Faye Swan (23)
Saturday February 9, 2013, 10:11 pm
Noted - thank you!

Ela V (85)
Sunday February 10, 2013, 3:21 am

Aaron Bouchard (158)
Sunday February 10, 2013, 11:35 am
Noted thanks

Birgit W (160)
Sunday February 10, 2013, 1:20 pm
Thank you

Past Member (0)
Sunday February 10, 2013, 1:27 pm
There is much more today on Indian Country! This is only one link to so much of great interest there.

greenplanet e (155)
Sunday February 10, 2013, 5:41 pm
Terrible what has happened to aboriginal peoples. I applaud them speaking up on vital issues to us all.

Paul Girardin (126)
Monday February 11, 2013, 12:47 am
Noted & shared!

paul m (93)
Monday February 11, 2013, 5:23 am


Birgit W (160)
Monday February 11, 2013, 3:50 pm

bob m (32)
Monday February 11, 2013, 4:52 pm

Build a house each other.. don't use the homes the devil white man provides; for fire wood.. native" communities receive 7-8 times times the $$ support than others...go figure eh?

Autumn S (151)
Tuesday February 12, 2013, 6:16 am
noted, thanks Cal

Robin S (0)
Tuesday February 12, 2013, 8:46 am
Not only does Attawapiskat recieve millions of dollars from the Debeers Diamond Mine in contracts it also employees many of Attawapiskat's members. Chief Spence is no hero in my books and there should be a full out investigation to where all the missing Government money has gone. Attawapiskat should be rich but it seems like the only people that are rich are Chief Spence, and her boyfriend (reserve's consultant, who was billing the Band $850.00 per day for services, TAX FREE TO BOOT). Please I encourage all care2 readers to do some research and find out the truth about Attawapiskat. They have millions of dollars in investments yet their housing is appalling. Chief Spence also billed the band for thousands of dollars to run the local day care for a three months. Many poor decisions have lead to this crisis. I also encourage you to research the James Bay Treaty, I think it is Treaty 9 for Attawapiskat. There is more than one side to this story but there is much fear in telling the other side, being labelled a racist is one. The band members of Attawapiskat will not even talk about it for fear of backlashes from their community and band leaders (reserve).

Native issues are a complex problem in Canada. Canada pays BILLIONS of dollars each year to the Native Infrustructure, this expense is Canada's second largest expense, with universal health care being at the top.
I am no expert on aboriginal issues and treaty rights but since the Idle No More movement started here in Canada I have done many hours of reseach into Aboriginal issues etc. There is much corruption within some of the 600 plus First Nations in Canada, with some chief's making more than the government leader of the province in which they are located, and keep in mind that many reserves house less than 1500 residents. Their financial matters don't have to be transparent to either their own people or the government, it is truly unbelievable. There are also some reserves that are doing quite well and embracing the future, cudoos to them. They want transparency and accountability and they are working hard to make prosperity on their reserve a reality. They are open minded and are willing to take chances and do what is necessary to succeed. Awesome!!

The Indian Act is archaic and must be abolished as it truly is an open door to corruption on the reserves among other things. The government has tried in the past to change this racist act but many of the chiefs opposed to it as it meant that they would give up much of their power, and let me tell you they have power. Do your research. It is almost impossible to get a full concensus with regards to changes when you have 600 plus bands (reserves), all with different complex issues and agendas to work with.

When the Idle No More movement first started in the fall of 2012, I thought it was a great thing as these people were protesting for the saving of waters and lands from destruction of industry. I am confused now and no longer believe in this movement. It has turned out to be nothing more than a smoke screen for aboriginal issues.

I am appalled at our Government for allowing these protestors to hold our country as randsom. They have blockaded rail lines, major border crossings, main highway arteries etc. not only causing the loss of millions of dollars in revenue but also stopping law abiding citizens from going to their place of work and various other places such as medical appointments, etc.

Chief Spence, of course, supports and encourages the Idle No More movement, but many natives across Canada are now trying to distance themselves from her. There are many problems on reserves, and many truly complex issues that can't be solved with money alone.

We no longer live in an era of fur trade, trapping and hunting as a way of life, those days are gone. It is wonderful to be able to embrace and learn about your culture but this is the 21st centruy and Natives must embrace this era as there is much prosperity for those who look for it and follow it. Yes, this will mean for those who truly want something better in life that they will have to relocation. We all must work if we want to have things in life and if it means having to move to support your family and yourselves then so be it. Welcome to my world.

I have decided to finally speak my mind and no longer fear being called a racist because I have a different view than others. The word "Racist" has been used far too loosely by those who dislike you because you don't believe in their cause.

bob m (32)
Friday February 15, 2013, 3:48 pm

Enjoy your cadillac Escalade Theresa a few others in your inner circle do.. even though there are no roads to speak of......have you seen the drawn gaunt faces of the clan mothers protesting?..with their coverings of rags ... you'll see 10 times more despaire in cities amongs the non natives... go figure eh?
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