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Attawapiskat emergency debate to be held by MPs this evening

House of Commons Speaker acknowledges 'the gravity' of the crisis in northern Ontario community

Apr 12, 2016

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The House of Commons will hold an emergency debate this evening over "the gravity" of the many teen suicide attempts on the First Nation reserve of Attawapiskat.

The request for an emergency debate comes as Attawapiskat Chief Bruce Shisheesh fears more young people will try to harm themselves while the community tries to grapple with the crisis after declaring a state of emergency Saturday, following reports of 11 suicide attempts in one day. There are also reports of over 100 suicide attempts and at least one death since September.

The emergency debate was approved by House Speaker Geoff Regan on Tuesday morning on a request from NDP MP Charlie Angus, whose riding includes Attawapiskat.

"The crisis in Attawapiskat has gathered world attention and people are looking to this Parliament to explain the lack of hope, that's not just in Attawapiskat but in so many indigenous communities. And they're looking to us, in this new Parliament, to offer change," Angus said in the House of Commons on Tuesday morning.

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Full article:

http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/attawapiskat-suicide-crisis-emergency-de...

Paladin1

Not to take away from the gravity of the situation but that 100:1 ratio seems odd to me. 

quizzical

wtf? stfu. the second you "but" you indicate fkn privilege and the reality you do want to take away from the gravity.

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wtf? stfu. the second you "but" you indicate fkn privilege and the reality you do want to take away from the gravity.

 

lol like omg , of course you see that quizzicalCool

You always see FUCKIN MALE WHITE PRIVILAGE with some settler scum on the side in all my posts. If I agree with you I'm mansplainin and if I don't then I'm supporting some kind of abuse. I totally get it.

 

But 100+ attempts and 1 death?  I'm glad there isn't more deaths, which of course you won't believe because im a raging racist, but it sounds like there is more to the story I'd like to know.

 

A_J

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But 100+ attempts and 1 death?  I'm glad there isn't more deaths, which of course you won't believe because im a raging racist, but it sounds like there is more to the story I'd like to know.

This article from Statistics Canada (http://www.statcan.gc.ca/pub/82-624-x/2012001/article/11696-eng.htm) states a 20:1 ratio is typical.

Mr. Magoo

Well, if someone were to try to take their own life by ingesting an entire bottle of aspirin, there's a pretty good chance they wouldn't succeed.  But we would still see it as a cry for help, yes?

I'm not really thinking of this in terms of whether these teens were any good at suicide so much as I'm wondering whether this is going to be just another opportunity for the government to nod solemnly and then basically do nothing.

Or perhaps we'll see a unanimous committment to sending an elite team of the best counsellors and therapists that money can buy, to help remote native teens deal more positively with the fact that their life is shit.

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Here is the importance that the Trudeau government puts on aboriginal issues. I would say it was shameful but it is exactly what I expected from Liberals so why bother they are by definition shameless.

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Here’s Where Trudeau Was During An Emergency Debate On Indigenous Suicide

While MPs were participating in an emergency debate on the Indigenous youth suicide crisis, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was socializing with fellow Liberals at one of Ottawa’s swankiest restaurants. Trudeau, his senior advisors, and members of cabinet attended a former Liberal’s book launch Tuesday night at Beckta, a high-end restaurant a few blocks from Parliament.

They were there for the launch of Bill Graham’s political memoir. Graham served as foreign affairs and defence minister in the early 2000s, and later as interim leader of the Liberal party.

Former prime minister Jean Chrétien — who told reporters on the Hill earlier that day that the solution to the Attawapiskat suicide crisis might be to move the entire community — was also at the book launch.

https://www.buzzfeed.com/emmaloop/trudeau-was-at-a-liberal-book-launch-d...

 

 

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Here is the importance that the Trudeau government puts on aboriginal issues. I would say it was shameful but it is exactly what I expected from Liberals so why bother they are by definition shameless.

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Here’s Where Trudeau Was During An Emergency Debate On Indigenous Suicide

While MPs were participating in an emergency debate on the Indigenous youth suicide crisis, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was socializing with fellow Liberals at one of Ottawa’s swankiest restaurants. Trudeau, his senior advisors, and members of cabinet attended a former Liberal’s book launch Tuesday night at Beckta, a high-end restaurant a few blocks from Parliament.

They were there for the launch of Bill Graham’s political memoir. Graham served as foreign affairs and defence minister in the early 2000s, and later as interim leader of the Liberal party.

Former prime minister Jean Chrétien — who told reporters on the Hill earlier that day that the solution to the Attawapiskat suicide crisis might be to move the entire community — was also at the book launch.

https://www.buzzfeed.com/emmaloop/trudeau-was-at-a-liberal-book-launch-d...

 

 


Trudeau is also the Minister of Youth. Another reason to attend the debate.

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But 100+ attempts and 1 death?  I'm glad there isn't more deaths, which of course you won't believe because im a raging racist, but it sounds like there is more to the story I'd like to know.

This article from Statistics Canada (http://www.statcan.gc.ca/pub/82-624-x/2012001/article/11696-eng.htm) states a 20:1 ratio is typical.

Thank you A_J. I wanted to say 1:27 but this exemplifies my point even more I believe.

 

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Well, if someone were to try to take their own life by ingesting an entire bottle of aspirin, there's a pretty good chance they wouldn't succeed.  But we would still see it as a cry for help, yes?

I'm not really thinking of this in terms of whether these teens were any good at suicide so much as I'm wondering whether this is going to be just another opportunity for the government to nod solemnly and then basically do nothing.

I read an article in macleans that speaks to the exact same point. Every time a government comes in they make all these tall promises and solem oaths to help, throw some money around and disapear.

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Or perhaps we'll see a unanimous committment to sending an elite team of the best counsellors and therapists that money can buy, to help remote native teens deal more positively with the fact that their life is shit.

That could very well explain the rash of suicide attempts.

 

 

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INAC occupation in Toronto

Breaking news: Indigenous activists and allies, including members of Black Lives Matters, are occupying the Toronto office of Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada to focus attention on the urgent situation in Attawapiskat. Watch our video report from inside this ongoing direct action.

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I think the rate of successfully completed suicide is lower than usual because so many teenagers and children are attempting suicide in Attawapiskat.

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Occupy INAC focuses national attention on Attawapiskat

Ricochet has exclusive video reports from inside the occupation in Toronto

On Wednesday, Indigenous activists and their allies, including members of Black Lives Matter in Toronto, began an occupation at the INAC offices. Now in its second day, the #OccupyINAC action has inspired similar sit-ins at INAC offices in James Bay and Winnipeg. A solidarity rally is planned tonight outside the occupation at 25 St. Clair Ave E in Toronto, beginning at 6:30pm....

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Hey everyone there is an occupation of Indigenous and Northern Affairs office in Winnipeg ( 365 Hargrave ).

They are doing this in solidarity with other ‪#‎OccupyINAC‬'s going on in Toronto. It is all about recognizing ‪#‎suicideisgenocide‬ and to abolish the Indian Act.

They need more sleeping mats, blankets, and pillows. Please come by.

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During suicide debate Justice Minister says it’s time for First Nations to shed Indian Act ‘shackles’

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Justice Minster Jody Wilson-Raybould said Tuesday the Trudeau Liberal government aims to “complete the unfinished business of Confederation” and replace the Indian Act with a “reconciliation framework” that would outlast the life of this administration.

Wilson-Raybould didn’t lead the government side in an emergency debate held late into the night which was triggered by a suicide crisis gripping the small fly-in community of Attawapiskat in Ontario’s James Bay region. Yet, her speech was the only one that revealed the extent of the historical vision the Trudeau government has when it comes to reshaping the relationship between the state and the original inhabitants on this land.

The Liberals aim to do nothing less than scrap the Indian Act. In its place the government wants to create a new relationship based on section 35 of the Constitution, which guarantees Aboriginal rights, and the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP), according to Wilson-Raybould....

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INAC occupation in Toronto

Breaking news: Indigenous activists and allies, including members of Black Lives Matters, are occupying the Toronto office of Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada to focus attention on the urgent situation in Attawapiskat. Watch our video report from inside this ongoing direct action.

 

Taken from the gentleman interviewed. They're demanding action be taken right away and not just send outsiders to put a bandaid on it. Theywant a perminate solution, don't just want money. Want their own people up there to help them.

What exactly would more First Nations councilers and mental health people do to help that's not already being done? I think a major issue is that many people want to help but no one really has a solid plan or idea on what do to.

I have a bit of difficulty following the next lady's points. She mentions why do they have to sell off their land and their waters in order to get resources to live.  You need resources or industry to make money and give people income, you can't make do in an isolated community with just small businesses.  The Victor mine employes 26% of Attawapiskat residents. They need more meaningful jobs.

 

Also what probably doesn't help is that Attawapiskat only became a perminate town in the 60's.

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In a channelling of his colonialist "white paper" from his days as Trudeau Sr's "Indian Affairs" minister, Jean Chretien suggests maybe moving Attawapiskat. We need better solutions. A mental health emergency, as declared, is of course just a stop gap to head off more suicide attempts in the very short term. 

I don't normally link the National Post, but they've run an interesting piece on [url=http://news.nationalpost.com/news/canada/why-quebecs-cree-are-thriving-w... Quebec’s Cree are thriving while misery reigns across James Bay at Attawapiskat[/url]. Post readers caught up in Post ideology will simply point to the Quebec Cree's business ventures and issue a rousing call of "praise capitalism!" But there's more in that article worth noting. 

- the Quebec Cree are sending letters and cards to Attawapiskat. That's as good a blow against hopelessness and despair as professional mental health care services, perhaps.

- the Quebec Cree control local government, including health, education and economic development - whereas Northern Ontario Cree are at the whim of Ottawa bureaucrats

- suicide rates are lower in communities that have taken strong steps to protect and value their indigenous culture (and where Ottawa polciies have not made that challenging to impossible, as at Attawapiskat

- ditto for language preservation: Cree remains the language of 95% of Quebec Cree and is used in schools

- youth centres with social activities available

The article does not mention it, but Ontario might consider moving from emergency response to some of the measures in the [url=http://www.gcc.ca/issues/paixdesbraves.php]Paix des Braves[/url] in which Quebec devolves funds and the power to decide on how to use them to the Cree. It is a less colonialist approach and might offer some lessons for giving Northern Ontario Cree more control over Cree affairs. 

What can be done? 

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Coon Come says that if Canadians truly want an end to the tragic stories emerging from Attawapiskat and other reserves, the country has “to embark on a mission” to revive indigenous nationhood and create the conditions for indigenous cultures and languages to flourish and for indigenous people to manage their own affairs.

In other words, end the colonial relationship between Ottawa and indigenous communities. It is good that Judy Wilson Raybould is (more politely) saying this. I hope she can convince her cabinet colleagues to move towards true reconciliation - and decolonization. 

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Solidarity action with Attawapiskat at Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops, BC, ne Secwépemc'ulecw.

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De Beers’ Colonial Plunder in Attawapiskat

In 1995, a report issued as part of the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples called suicide “one of the most urgent problems facing aboriginal communities." 22 years later, Canada’s ongoing colonial project is still taking a staggering and gruesome toll on the health and lives of First Nations. In Attawapiskat, a community of close to 2,000, there were 11 suicide attempts last Saturday, on top of 100 suicide attempts since last September.

In response to such events there has been mobilization. In Toronto, Idle No More and Black Lives Matter have responded with an occupation of an Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada office; in Ottawa people are marching from Parliament Hill to INAC in Gatineau; while other INAC offices are being occupied in Winnipeg, Regina and James Bay.

But recent events in Attawapiskat are not simply a generalized response to decades and decades of Canadian colonialism - the specifics of Canadian colonialism in Attawapiskat are damning, too… Attawapiskat is 90km from the open-pit Victor Diamond Mine, where multinational diamond company De Beers, founded by the British imperialist and white supremacist Cecil Rhodes, has managed to work out an astonishingly preferential agreement to plunder the resource wealth of the Attawapiskat First Nation with the complicity of the Ontario and Canadian governments. The mine itself is on lands taken from Attawapiskat First Nation through an extension of Treaty 9 in 1930....

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Well, holy shit. So much for the problem being "no resource base." Also from the linked article:

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In 2015, investigative reporting by CBC found out that De Beer's had pulled $2.5 billion worth of diamonds from the Victor mine since opening, and was paying almost nothing in royalties. In 2014 alone, De Beers pulled $392 million of diamonds from Victor Lake mine but only paid the Ontario government $226 in royalties. The Cree Community of Attawapiskat received none of the (pitifully small) royalties.

quizzical

criminal.

quizzical

imv they're every bit as much blood diamonds as those from Africa.

Policywonk

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Well, holy shit. So much for the problem being "no resource base." Also from the linked article:

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In 2015, investigative reporting by CBC found out that De Beer's had pulled $2.5 billion worth of diamonds from the Victor mine since opening, and was paying almost nothing in royalties. In 2014 alone, De Beers pulled $392 million of diamonds from Victor Lake mine but only paid the Ontario government $226 in royalties. The Cree Community of Attawapiskat received none of the (pitifully small) royalties.

$226? Pitiful. it probably costs way more to collect them. 

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Sue Deranger with the Newo Yotina Friendship Centre protests outside Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC) offices in Regina. Activists have been occupying INAC offices in Toronto, Winnipeg, and James Bay following news of the suicide crisis in the Attawapiskat First Nation in northern Ontario. Occupiers are demanding that the federal government offer more than band-aid "solutions"

regina sk april 15 2016 susana deranger with the

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Canada: Attawapiskat First Nation Declares State of Emergency Over Attempted Youth Suicides

http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/04/16/cana-a16.html

"The ruling elite and the media have responded to the Attawapiskat crisis with crocodile tears..."

Again.

lagatta

I guess De Beers can no more change its propensity to plunder Indigenous peoples and their lands than the proverbial leopard can change her spots.

But this might be the focus of a campaign, about the lies behind "clean diamonds" from the North of Canada. De Beers was also a master of publicity, creating an association between diamonds and love and a desire for them even among "average consumers", not just the wealthy.

 

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Neskantaga First Nation in 3rd year of state of emergency over suicides

The chief of Neskantaga First Nation in northern Ontario says he is not lifting a state of emergency over suicides that was issued after four suicides in  2013 until the root causes of the crisis are addressed.

Chief Wayne Moonias made the remarks on Friday during a visit to his community by Indigenous and Northern Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett.

Bennett is on her way to Attawapiskat, the Cree community that declared a state of emergency last week after 11 suicide attempts in one day. Neskantaga is also located on the Attawapiskat River and also has a history of suicide, Moonias said.

"We have not lifted that state of emergency to this day, because of the fact the [living] conditions still remain the same," Moonias said, adding that a 14-year-old girl from Neskantaga died by suicide in January.

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The minister also visited Pikangikum First Nation on Friday where nine people died in a house fire in March. She was scheduled to travel to Bearskin Lake First Nation on Saturday, where a 10-year-old died by suicide in December. On Monday, Bennett plans to visit Attawapiskat.

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..scroll down to this huff post page for more prices in attawapiskat.

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Paladin1

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..scroll down to this huff post page for more prices in attawapiskat.

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Those prices seem to be on par with Northern Alberta and the oil-industry towns. The remote location mixed with the money being funneled into the town makes a classic case of supply and demand.

quizzical

what? what money being funneled in?

Mr. Magoo

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The remote location mixed with the money being funneled into the town makes a classic case of supply and demand.

Perhaps you mean inflation?  Or just high prices?

How much of something there is is the "supply", and how badly people want it is the "demand", and neither are affected by an influx of currency.  If supply is low and demand is high, the price goes up, but necessarily stops at the price people will or can pay.  That said, if everyone in an oil industry town is wealthy, that could certainly lead to high market prices.

I don't think everyone being wealthy is so much of a problem in Attawapiskat, though.

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paladin1

..nothing personal but i'm not interested in debating with you the merits of this situation and the struggle surrounding it. i take my lead from first nations. my interest is in a meaningful resolution and seeing an end to the indian act. ultimately my interest is in seeing an end to colonialism. 

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..video

Ricochet - English

"This is beyond heartbreaking, this is not a tragedy. Let's call it what it really is: a continuation of genocide." Day five at #OccupyINAC, where occupiers want to know why PM Justin Trudeau, who is also the minister of youth, won't meet with the children of Attawapiskat.

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Canada Needs A Multijurisdictional Emergency Management Team to Help Indigenous Communities in Crisis  -  by Pam Palmater

http://policyoptions.irpp.org/magazines/april-2016/how-canada-turned-a-b...

"So far, all levels of government and the Assembly of First Nations have reacted in the same noncommittal way..."

Paladin1

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paladin1

..nothing personal but i'm not interested in debating with you the merits of this situation and the struggle surrounding it. i take my lead from first nations. my interest is in a meaningful resolution and seeing an end to the indian act. ultimately my interest is in seeing an end to colonialism. 

No problem Epaulo13, I appreciate your candor.  I'll do my best to remember not to quote you in replies and such.

 

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The remote location mixed with the money being funneled into the town makes a classic case of supply and demand.

Perhaps you mean inflation?  Or just high prices?

How much of something there is is the "supply", and how badly people want it is the "demand", and neither are affected by an influx of currency.  If supply is low and demand is high, the price goes up, but necessarily stops at the price people will or can pay.  That said, if everyone in an oil industry town is wealthy, that could certainly lead to high market prices.

I don't think everyone being wealthy is so much of a problem in Attawapiskat, though.

Maybe I'm using the wrong terminology.  There is a demand for those basic living supplies so companies sell (supply) it at inflated prices because they know they can get away with charging it.  you make an excellent point about the price stopping at what people will or can pay.   I know *I* can't afford $40 a package toilet paper or those other high prices and neither could most of the members here but somehow companies are getting away with charging it and the residents there don't have the benefit of the oil industry. 

They DO have that diamond mind but it seems like the town is getting a paltry amount of what is being made from the mine. I've read they get like 2-4 million dollars a year from it, and I believe I read it goes to the government first or something.  One of my first stops would be to figure out what the hell went on with that diamond mine deal and reneotiate.

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How CBC Found the Secret Diamond Royalty

http://www.cbc.ca/news/business/how-cbc-found-the-secret-diamond-royalty...

"A secret diamond royalty unveiled, but that only raises new questions..."

Paladin1

I've read Alex Hundert was present at the protest.

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Protesters set up camp outside Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada office in Regina

Seven tents have popped up along Albert Street as a protest in front of Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada offices moves into a new phase. 

Robyn Pitawanakwat, organizer, said she and others are prepared for the long haul. 

“We started off with a protest on Friday because we wanted to bring attention to the issues that are happening in a lot of First Nations communities across Canada — the mental health crisis, the water issues, the housing issues,” she said Monday. “So today, we are trying to bring more attention because (the previous protest) really didn’t seem to do anything.”

She was disappointed INAC decided to close its office Friday during the initial protest.

Monday morning, protesters made their way to INAC armed with tents, flags, tables and food supplies before the doors of the office were set to open....

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"Where's Trudeau"

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Indigenous children, mothers and families and allies are occupying INAC offices in vancouver, coast salish territories. in solidarity with the youth of Attawapiskat and their demands and needs. Drop by, we are here at 1138 Melville street, 6th floor

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INAC protesters fenced out in Regina

A fence wasn’t enough to deter protesters in front of the Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC) office in Regina Tuesday.

For a third day the office remained closed to the public as protesters maintained a presence outside. At 3 p.m., a six-foot metal fence was placed on the property line in front of the INAC building, but protesters only moved their tents outside of the fence onto public property. They plan to stay put....

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..an important read

Jean Chrétien, St. Anne’s and the ‘straight highway’ to Attawapiskat’s suicide crisis

In 1968, when Jean Chrétien was Indian Affairs minister, he received a hand-written letter raising concerns about the “prejudicial” treatment of First Nation children at St. Anne’s Indian residential school, an institution that would eventually become notorious for the magnitude of abuse inflicted on students there, including the use of a homemade electric chair.

Children from Attawapiskat, the Cree community along Ontario’s James Bay coast, which Chrétien suggested last week should consider relocation, attended St. Anne’s along with those from the neighbouring communities like Kashechewan and Fort Albany, where the school was located.

For years the federal government, including under Chrétien’s administration, along with the Catholic Church tried to suppress the breadth of the abuse at St. Anne’s, triggering court battles that continues to this day....

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#GroundZeroINACtoronto will be issuing a press release tomorrow, Thursday, April 21 at 4 pm in front of the INAC building at 25 St Clair Ave East.

The Youth of Attawapiskat have let us know that they are satisfied with the meeting that took place on Monday with Federal MP's and the Regional Director of INAC.

The time has come for us to go back to our families and loved ones, and to come out and thank our supporters. Without you, this week of awareness that has spread across the land may never have happend.

This is just the beginning as First Nations continuing to win hearts and minds across Turtle Island.

We want to thank Black Lives Matter, No One Is Illegal, Idle No More, the Mohawk Warrior Society, and especially all Grass Roots Community members, and the amazing support from those who donated time & energy, prayers & medicines, delicious home cooked meals, and love.

You held down the outside of the building and kept us in a good way. This would not have happened with out you.

Communities from across Turtle Island have stepped up and joined the #OccupyINAC movement to call attention to the suicide crisis and conditions in northern communities.

It is now time for us at #GroundZeroINAC to support them and their issues.

We are issuing a call out for all singers, drummers and dancers to join us in this celebration.

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Toronto protest ends, INAC offices still occupied in Winnipeg, Vancouver

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But while the occupation in Toronto has ended, groups are still inside buildings in Winnipeg and Vancouver — and a key figure in Idle No More sees similarities to that movement.

"People felt all of the same energy with [as Idle No More].This need to do something, this need to say something, this need to demonstrate that they exist. We exist. And we are not going to let those things happen and be silent about it," said Tanya Kappo, a Cree lawyer from Alberta who was involved in Idle No More from its earliest days.

The #OccupyINAC protesters are demanding that Ottawa do more to help Indigenous communities like Attawapiskat, Ont., and Pimicikamak, Man., which have seen multiple suicide attempts in recent months.

Protesters are also camped outside INAC's Regina office, while ongoing demonstrations keep the department's Gatineau office closed to the public....

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Occupy INAC Victory Rally and Press Conference

Monday, April 25 at 10:30 AM

Ministry of Aboriginal Affairs 1183 Melville

Vancouver, British Columbia

Speakers include Council of Mothers and Grand Chief Stewart Phillip

Ten Indigenous mothers, children, youth and one father occupied INAC offices from Monday April 18th to Saturday April 23rd. For six continuous days, our families lived in the lobby of INAC offices, with no access to the outside, taking a strong stand for youth and future generations.

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We, the Council of Mothers occupying INAC office in Vancouver, are also demanding that funding for Indigenous languages and Cultural Connections for Aboriginal Youth is re-established.

We confirmed a meeting with both Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs Carolyn Bennett and Minister of Canadian Heritage Mélanie Joly to discuss these demands and ended our occupation on Saturday April 23, 2016.

According to Nuxalk and Onodaga mother Jerrilyn Webster “We had to occupy INAC offices because the voices of our young people are not being heard. There is an urgency for young people in our communities. Because of Canada’s colonial baggage, Indigenous languages and cultures and not being prioritized by the government.”

“The meeting we have secured to discuss funding for Indigenous languages and Cultural Connections for Aboriginal Youth is a victory. But we know this is not about one meeting, we need long-term commitment and accountability from this government,” Webster further states.

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Nearly a month into suicide crisis Attawapiskat still waiting for action from Liberals: Angus

NDP MP Charlie Angus says there’s real concern in Attawapiskat children continue to fall through the cracks because the Cree community still lacks a dedicated child mental health counselor.

Angus said despite reports last week there was a counselor dedicated to children in the northern Ontario First Nation it’s simply not the case.

In fact, if the government doesn’t act immediately, the suicide crisis gripping the small remote community could get worse.

“Twenty-eight days into the (suicide crisis) we’re still waiting for badly needed mental health counselors for children,” said Angus, who was in Ottawa Tuesday after a trip to Attawapiskat, a community in his riding. “For the federal government not to know what they actually had on the ground to help the community is very troubling.”....

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Ottawa continues legal fight against St. Anne’s Indian residential school survivor over suppressed evidence

Ottawa is continuing its court battle against a residential school survivor who attended the notorious St. Anne’s Indian residential school.

The survivor, known only as H-15019, wants a new compensation hearing without federal lawyers present because they previously suppressed evidence to discredit the  claim.

A hearing on the case is scheduled for Wednesday in Toronto before Justice Paul Perell.

St. Anne’s, which was located near Fort Albany First Nation in Ontario’s James Bay region, was one of the most notorious residential schools throughout the dark history of the institutions. An OPP investigation launched in the 1990s led to several convictions. The school, which closed in 1976, was home to an electric chair that was used on children who attended there. Children from Attawapiskat attended the school.

Ottawa’s lawyers are asking the court to dismiss H-15019’s application, known technically as a request for direction (RFD), according to recent submissions filed with the Ontario Superior Court. Ottawa says the application for a new hearing should be rejected because it is “premature.”  The submission argues the survivor has not exhausted all possible appeal avenues under the Independent Assessment Process (IAP) created by the multi-billion dollar Indian residential school settlement agreement between Ottawa, the churches and survivors.....

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