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.
The Haldimand Tract is a strip of land that runs the length of the Grand River that is 10km deep on each side. It was granted to the Six Nations Confederacy in recognition of their loyalty to the British Crown during the American Revolution. The Haldimand Tract is central to the ongoing land claims struggle of the Six Nations with the surrounding settler communities, provincial and federal governments.