If you can cut through the racism, ignorance, and half-baked opinions of pundits, politicians and sound-bite media, most folks will realize that Attawapiskat and many other First Nations have been labouring under the repression of colonialism far too long.
The antidote for poverty is self-determination and no one can give you that. You have to stand up and take action yourself to make it happen. Colonialism does not give way on its own; it must be defeated through vigorous and enlightened opposition.
As of Dec. 11, 2012, Theresa Spence has undertaken a hunger strike in Ottawa. She is protesting the relative inaction of the federal government in regards to Native rights...as well as the near-gutting of environmental laws protecting all navigable waterways in Canada, with the Dec. 14, 2012 passing of Bill C-45 by the federal government...a decision that greatly affects all Canadians.