State of Emergency in Attawapiskat

It might seem like a surprise to some Canadians. This is how we treat our own people — we put them in make-shift housing with no clean water and heat. We speak to other nations like we are better, but this is how we treat our First Nations, like second-class citizens.

I’ve unfortunately witnessed the effects of this injustice. And the damage it lasts spreads from generation to generation. The cycle of poverty is vicious and continuous. Where there is no hope, there is little one can do to insil it.

Additional reading from the Globe and Mail: Rae wants Harper to see Attawapiskat for himself

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