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Time to shutter Attawapiskat reserve

Editorial

QMI Agency

When are our political leaders going to drop their politically-correct posing and bogus empathy, and finally admit Attawapiskat is a lost cause that must be closed down?

There is no sane reason for continuing to pump taxpayers’ money into that isolated First Nations reserve on James Bay when it is so blatantly obvious that it is absolutely beyond hope.


The latest “emergency” in the reserve’s loop tape of crises has melting snow and high water levels backing up sewers, sending human effluent into homes and buildings, and necessitating the evacuation of the hospital.


Let’s be blunt. The image of nature’s unforgiving harshness once again turning Attawapiskat into a toilet is more symbolic of an ongoing truth than politicians have the parts to admit.


The time has come to pack up the reserve’s some 1,800 residents, provide options such as relocation to fellow Cree reserves in less hostile climes, and then raze Attawapiskat beyond the point of resurrection.


This would finally be money well spent.


Forget that Attawapiskat is “traditional” Cree land because it can no longer sustain a “traditional” way of life. The hunting and fishing of ancestral lore are gone.


It’s now more Chernobyl than charitable.


Admittedly we have no respect whatsoever for Attawapiskat’s grandstanding chief, Theresa Spence, and so it came as no surprise that, as late as Friday afternoon, she had yet to respond to repeated emails and calls from Aboriginal Affairs Minister Bernard Valcourt’s office.

Here was her reserve, deep in septage, and she was too busy to meet with the only people who could realistically come to her rescue.


Canadians are fed up with this.


They’re tired of Attawapiskat hogging headlines for all the wrong reasons. They’re tired of seeing their money being tossed down the toilet - over $90 million over five years - when there is never an upside, but only a demand for more money and total disregard for accountability.


But, more importantly, Canadians are tired of seeing the residents of Attawapiskat, the women and the children, living in the abject poverty of unheated shacks while their chief and band council use them as sacrificial pawns.


This has to stop.


Get everyone in Attawapiskat to safety and then blow the place to oblivion.


It’s toxic.


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