Aboriginal affairs minister criticized about Attawapiskat

Dear editor,

I was catching up on my reading regarding the state of affairs in Attawapiskat.

Dear editor,

I was catching up on my reading regarding the state of affairs in Attawapiskat.

This is the First Nations community with Third World living conditions that was in the news this past winter. The federal government’s response to the situation was to appoint a third-party manager over the objections of the Attawapiskat.

The Attawapiskat took the federal government to court. The judge ruled the federal government did not act appropriately and sided with the Attawapiskat.

Now during all of this, the housing situation has not improved in Attawapiskat. People are still living in overcrowded homes without the amenities such as running water, etc. that we all enjoy. With the coming winter they will still be living in unsatisfactory conditions.

The purpose of this letter is to point out the problems on this reserve are being exacerbated by our MP John Duncan, the minister for Aboriginal Affairs.

Acting Chief Christine Kataquapit has said, “An application to Canada’s national housing agency for help financing the construction of 30 homes in Attawapiskat was not approved because Duncan refused to sign off on an agreement between Attawapiskat and CMHC.”

So the next time we read that the Attawapiskat are living in tents and shacks and overcrowded homes in the winter at 30 below,  please remember it was the MP we voted into office who did this. Please remember that when you vote next time.

As a voter in this riding I am disgusted by John Duncan’s refusal to sign off on funding for 30 new homes in Attawapiskat. I am embarrassed that the MP of this riding has contributed to the misery of those living in shacks and tents. It is embarrassing to see the lack of action on this matter by John Duncan.

The Harper government has had enough money to build schools, housing, etc. in Iraq and  Afghanistan but can’t provide 30 homes for these Canadians.

I suggest Mr. Duncan sign off on a new agreement ensuring 30 new homes are built in Attawapiskat.

E.A. Foster,

Comox

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