April 14, 2016

“Nothing is going to change”: Attawapiskat has received almost $1 BILLION in ten years. So where did it go?

Ezra LevantRebel Commander

Attawapiskat is a broken town in Northern Ontario, about 2,000 souls altogether. It makes headlines at least once a year for a calamity of some sort.

A few years back, it was leaky houses. NDP MP Charlie Angus was good at getting media attention for the band but not good at solving their problems.

That’s not really his job, though. That’s up to the band councillors and chief, and until about a year ago that chief was Theresa Spence. (Remember her phoney hunger strike?)

Today, things are still so awful in Attawapiskat that 13 children were planning a mass suicide pact. Why? The first and real answer obviously lies with their families.

But if there are political and economic problems, the band — not Ottawa — are responsible. And the band runs Attawapiskat like a medieval fiefdom, ripe for nepotism and corruption.

One of the richest diamond mines in the world was built just down the highway in 2008. The band’s earned hundreds of millions of dollars from it. (Keep in mind: That doesn’t include the millions they also get in government money.)

Yet here we are again.

Another media circus. Another exchange of pieties in Parliament.

Sure, some more money will be sent. But will it matter?

WATCH my prediction for what will happen next — and what’s different about this latest crisis, now that Justin Trudeau is prime minister…

NEXT: After experiencing several unfair dealings with police officers in the UK, activist Tommy Robinson just had a battery charge against him dismissed in court. He tells me the latest chapter in his long, upsetting story.

THEN: Sun Media Columnist Candice Malcolm explains why the NDP is heading back to socialism through the LEAP Manifesto, and why that's something we all need to worry about.

FINALLY: I'll read my viewer feedback, good and bad!

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commented 2016-04-15 04:12:53 -0400
Considering how much money the band gets every year, and how bad the conditions are, where does this money go?

Surely the band can put the funds into new housing, and everyone gets a new home with running water, indoor plumbing, new schools, free heating (yes, there is a lot of money left over once new homes are built), and arrange for an air ambulance when needed.

A new arena and an ice resurfacing machine, three day helicopter hunting trips for the tribe’s council, and the executive giving themselves healthy payrolls is not good money management. What next, flying in fresh pizza for council meetings?

But instead of asking where the funding went, the complaint becomes that the fault is from outside the band. Throw more money at them and in two years we will see yet another tragedy coming from this band.

One billion dollars in ten years! Really? And the homes look like shacks barely standing? Nice trucks, though.
commented 2016-04-15 01:05:46 -0400
Indian Affairs or whatever it’s called today gets a cut of our tax dollars. When they squander it it’s their own fault. This place does not need our money. They need to pull up their pants, get some bloody pride in themselves and start teaching it to their kids to have some pride in their band and stop whining. Kick idiots like Theresa Spence in the ass and to the curb for her mismanagement of the band and put a competent person in who won’t squander the money. I feel ZERO white guilt for this “crisis” as CBC was reporting it earlier today.
commented 2016-04-15 00:53:06 -0400
Thanks a lot for bringing the information to the public. Obviously the authorities who authorize payments to the tribe and who don’t demand investigations on the chief’s actions are on payroll or even the organizers of the financial scheme.
What can be done about it? I’m serious, I just don’t know what can be done to help the people and to stop the criminal scheme.
commented 2016-04-15 00:47:18 -0400
Of course the CARING lefties want things to stay the same , to hell with the natives who suffer and die horribly , of course when it comes to the missing women they suddenly get all concerned since that would be self serving to them of course. Then they call us racist and hateful.
commented 2016-04-15 00:44:42 -0400
Peter damn rights it will be Harpers fault, Justin could be PM for 50 years and it would still be Harpers fault. Maybe one of these residents can take out Spence before they try to off themselves.
commented 2016-04-15 00:34:31 -0400
whitey doesn’t understand how much better the natives are at politics than him.
no shit.
everything on the rez is politics. he is milking you like a fat cow.
and if you have never been on a fly-in rez…one of those small bottles of booze (sorry, I don’t drink) costs about $400 and up. so if they want to have a bash and get smashed, the price is astronomical.
commented 2016-04-14 23:56:56 -0400
Its too bad that a national leader has never had the balls to see, or admit that they are still victimizing the native population, just as their own people are doing, through their own tin pot dictatorship.

For god sakes already; repeal the GD Indian Act, or whatever they’re calling it these days, and dissolve both the reserve system, and the self entitled band councils that go with them.

Declare this remote hell hole, to be a soon to be Ghost Town, a vast waste land that is sucking the very soul out of its inhabitants, and move them somewhere that doesn’t have to be flown into, or require a 6 month trek on horseback or dog sled.

What’s wrong with living in a rural area that is no more than 5 or 10 miles away from a major urban center ?, where they can still enjoy hunting and fishing, if that’s what floats their canoe. A place where the youth could migrate into the larger urban centers, if they so choose, and still have the option to go back and see mom and dad in the next rural municipality, that could be even accessed by a bus service a few times a day.

I hear this “Because its 2016”, every now and then, so why are they kept in isolation, like it was still the frontier days ?, its 2016 for god sakes, and the frontier days are long over, its time to come into civilization, and into the 21st century, rather than some 3rd world backwater.

Its time that natives be recognized that they’re Canadian citizens too, rather than ward of the crown, in some patriarchal society, where the racism of lowered expectations rule the day.

Let them own their own land, their own homes, and allow them the pride of ownership, and know that it takes hard work and determination in order to know these joys, and to know that this is “Theirs” to own, rather than the property of some Indian Chief, and their band of favorites. This aren’t Hollywood or Disney characters that are to be put on display, like animals in a zoo, but rather they are human beings, who deserve to live a life of self fulfillment and self actualization.

If they need help getting established, than give them the help and skills they need in order to make a decent living, while weaning them off the public teat. If some native leader decides to cry racism, tell them that it’s not colonialism or racism to empower first nations people, its because “Its 2016”, time to leave the nest and become someone in the world, rather than a slave to their dependency on others.

Enough with this “You stole my land” BS, because they probably stole it from some originally anyway, time to move on and get over themselves and stop whining about something that might have happened over 200 plus years ago. Whats done is done, and there’s no going back.
commented 2016-04-14 22:19:02 -0400
Everything will be blamed on residential schools. Generations from now there will be stories of how great grandfather suffered at a residential school 100 years ago which is why I don’t go to school now.

This was a residential school report done 25 years ago . It actually has constructive analysis and not a collection of anecdotes from people who thinks dreams are a constructive part of your day.

http://library.queensu.ca/ojs/index.php/edu_hse-rhe/article/viewFile/1367/1505
Pay attention to the bottom of page 61 !
commented 2016-04-14 22:09:33 -0400
close the entire shithole down, a billion dollars and still they live in squalor totally pathetic. Nothing will change nothing.
commented 2016-04-14 21:56:28 -0400
bono——DRAINO
Total civil war coming to uk —the police will be the enemy at first,then they will run for their lives , then full on slaughtering, and then the E U will take them over
commented 2016-04-14 21:20:05 -0400
What really frosts my cookies is that for all the billions of dollars we have given the “aboriginals” since 1867, they still manage to imply that we are cold, heartless, and racist with every pronouncement they make. Would any amount EVER be enough to make them realize we aren’t the enemy?

Frankly, I find the whole reserve system utterly racist. As far as I’m concerned, they should either come live with the rest of us and be treated equally with all the same privileges and responsibilities OR live on the reserves without any subsidies from taxpayers. Those who really want the traditional way-of-life can have it and those who want to live in the present can have it too. I’m tired of pouring staggering sums of money into reserves and then find that they are no better off than before we spent the money yet finding them calling us racists for our efforts.
commented 2016-04-14 20:59:48 -0400
Bono? Bozo (the clown)? Coincidence? I think not!
commented 2016-04-14 20:54:18 -0400
Is it true there is another reserve 50 k down the road from Attawapiskat ? and if so how come we don’t here anything about that reserve , I’M assuming they would receive the same treatment and funding .
commented 2016-04-14 20:50:13 -0400
Chief Theresa Spends-a-lot will have a new Caddie soon.
commented 2016-04-14 20:32:59 -0400
Ezra this is one of your better reporting blogs. Very informative about the misuse of monies by band members. We as a country must stop giving the chiefs money. If we must give them money, it must be through a third party.
commented 2016-04-14 20:28:20 -0400
Those that believe in this LEAP manifesto can go take a leap off of the nearest cliff like the mindless lemmings that they are.
commented 2016-04-14 20:25:52 -0400
In regards to Tommy Robinson I wonder if the person in the police force responsible for issuing the order to have Tommy placed in prison with Muslim murders is Muslim. There should be an investigation into that police force, but I doubt there will be.

Well, I am glad the judge saw the absurdity of the convictions on Tommy and had all of them dropped.
commented 2016-04-14 20:16:26 -0400
Ezra, it doesn’t matter if Harper is convenient to blame for the Attawapiskat situation, the media will find a way to blame him anyway.