The Attawapiskat First Nation is an isolated First Nation located in Kenora District in northern Ontario, Canada, at the mouth of the Attawapiskat River on James Bay. The traditional territory of the Attawapiskat First Nation extends beyond their reserve up the coast to Hudson Bay and hundreds of kilometres inland along river tributaries.
There are over 2,800 members of Attawapiskat First Nation, but the local on-reserve population was 1,549 according to the 2011 census. More than a third of the members of the Attawapiskat First Nation who still live on their home reserve are under the age of 19 and three-quarters are under the age of 35 (2010-12-03). The community has extremely high unemployment and substance abuse problems. Five percent of the community, 101 people, have attempted suicide over the 7 months from September 2015 to April 2016. Needless to say the First Nation has many severe issues to deal with.
Flooding and sewer backups triggered a state of emergency in Attawapiskat in the spring of 2013.
Attawapiskat declared a state of emergency in October 2011 after a severe housing shortage forced a number of families to live in tents and unheated trailers, some without access to running water and electricity.
A state of emergency was declared in July 2011 after a number of homes were contaminated by sewage.
Attawapiskat declared a state of emergency in October 2006 over the deteriorating quality of drinking water that it said was affecting the health of children and elders on the reserve.
Looking forward to the year 2020. The First Nation’s wish list has been fulfilled. The Trudeau government said it wants to show an example as to how Indigenous peoples should be treated in the modern world, Attawapiskat will be the template for this fundamental paradigm change.
The New Attawapiskat
The old community was bulldozed into the ground. The Feds poured 6 billion dollars into the futuristic new community. Modern buildings resembling teepees and spectacular futuristic architectural structures were built. A gigantic dome was also constructed over the First Nation to provide 12 month summer-like weather.
The clam-like and spiral looking buildings will house the 2,500 Aboriginal residents in state-of-the-art dwellings equipped with every conceivable modern amenity.
The complex will have 3 full size hockey arenas, 6 basketball courts, 2 Olympic size swimming pools (each manned by 12 lifeguards at any given time), four 200 seat movie theatres, 8 video arcades and 6 bingo halls.
There will also be 4,200 social workers, psychologists, health care professionals, recreation coordinators and security officers housed in the complex.
All citizens of the First Nation will be provided with a small device they will wear around their necks that is equipped with a panic button. If a citizen has any kind of bad thought they can press the button and a psychologist and nurse will immediately be transported to the distressed person’s location by a man-mover drone. They will be able to reach the fragile person in no later than 2 minutes.
The Liberal governments long term plan is to transform all of Canada’s 634 First Nations to the Attawapiskat model within the next 30 years. The estimated cost will be approximately 11.45 trillion dollars. It is the right thing to do. The world will get better!