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Attawapiskat band members want vote on future of Chief Spence

A small group of Attawapiskat band members demanded the resignation of Chief Theresa Spence at a council meeting Tuesday, but Spence has refused to step down.

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3/31/2018

article Restrictions lifted on midwives in Attawapiskat
(Ontario) -- A new support for midwifery on the James Bay coast has been solidified. A meeting organized by Christine Roy, a midwife with Neepeeshowan Midwives in Moose...

3/29/2018

article What the Ontario budget means for an isolated Indigenous community
(Ontario) -- Like in most Indigenous communities, when you say "the government" in Attawapiskat, people think federal. Business owner and band councillor...

3/23/2018

article Shadows and promises in Attawapiskat
(Ontario) -- On a recent afternoon in Attawapiskat, on a street near the sewage lift station that's said to be at its breaking point, a small boy spoke about a...

4/16/2017

article Attawapiskat chief urges faster government action after year-long emergency
(Ontario) -- One year after a surge of suicide attempts prompted the northern Ontario First Nation to declare a crisis, Chief Ignace Gull said he continues to get calls...

4/3/2017

article How Canadian pop star Tyler Shaw wound up performing in Attawapiskat
(Ontario) -- Attawapiskat high school student Marlen PaulMartin says lots of people in her neighbourhood walk around with headphones in their ears.

3/26/2017

article OP/ED: Attawapiskat First Nation refuses to address its problems
(Nova Scotia) -- Attawapiskat is emblematic of so many First Nations that need the money and jobs that come with developing resource partnerships yet waste these...

3/6/2017

article Attawapiskat fire leaves almost 70 homeless
(Ontario) -- Flights left from Attawapiskat on Saturday to transport approximately 70 people forced from their homes by a fire in the First Nation community in northern...

2/12/2017

article Attawapiskat’s new school undergoing repairs after being closed due to flood
(Ontario) -- Attawapiskat First Nation’s new school is still closed a month after a malfunctioning sprinkler system malfunctioned and flooded the building. Band...

12/28/2016

article Wildlands League takes DeBeers to court, calls on province to monitor impact on Attawapiskat River
(Sudbury) -- The Wildlands League, a Canadian environmental group, is taking DeBeers to court for mercury pollution in the Attawapiskat River. The province requires...

12/6/2016

article Environmental group takes De Beers to court over mercury monitoring at diamond mine near Attawapiskat
(Ontario) -- A Toronto-based environmental group is taking on diamond giant De Beers over its alleged failure to fully report on the mercury levels at its Victor Diamond...

11/12/2016

article Donation drive for Attawapiskat taken the long road to get there
(Ontario) -- A project of hope and kindness destined for the remote community of Attawapiskat has taken a long while to actually get there. Donations came from around...

10/26/2016

article Attawapiskat without permanent mental health workers, months after suicide crisis
(Ontario) -- Permanent mental health resources are still missing in Attawapiskat, Ont., six months after the remote James Bay reserve's chief and council declared a...

9/1/2016

article 'We need those people to help us:' Attawapiskat chief, politicians anxious about loss of health workers
(Ontario) -- Provincial and federal representatives of the Timmins-James Bay riding have sent a letter to the head of the Weeneebayko Area Health Authority (WAHA) in...

8/29/2016

article Ignace Gull elected chief of Attawapiskat, ousts Bruce Shisheesh
(Ontario) -- In a resounding victory, Ignace Gull was elected chief of Attawapiskat First Nation on Saturday, replacing incumbent Bruce Shisheesh. A total of 525 ballots...

8/23/2016

article Attawapiskat chief wants to honour Gord Downie in person on northern First Nation
(Ontario) -- When Tragically Hip frontman Gord Downie took a moment between songs Saturday to talk about Canada's history of neglect and mistreatment of northern...

6/28/2016

article Beautiful Game forges a Toronto-Attawapiskat connection
(Toronto) -- Until recently, 16-year-old Joseph Nakogee had only played soccer “down south,” far from his home in Attawapiskat. Last week, however, the...

6/23/2016

article 'I Love Attawapiskat' urges Canadians to help youth
(Ontario) -- A new national campaign is encouraging Canadians to declare 'I Love Attawapiskat,' and send shoe boxes full of supplies to youth in the James Bay...

6/17/2016

article Attawapiskat land expansion to be 'expedited' for approval, Canadian government says
(Ontario) -- The federal government says it is working in conjunction with the province of Ontario to fast-track an application for an expansion of land by the First...
article Attawapiskat-bound students hope soccer will help First Nation youth
(Ontario) -- A Toronto high school soccer team is heading to Attawapiskat this weekend with hopes the sport will be "almost like a medicine" for youth in the...

6/13/2016

article Justin Trudeau meets Attawapiskat chief, Indigenous youth in Ottawa
(Ottawa) -- More than 20 aboriginal young people from northern Ontario are to meet Prime Minister Justin Trudeau today to discuss a number of issues plaguing their...

6/11/2016

article Attawapiskat, a place where even the chief is homeless
(Ontario) -- It was the six-week “hunger strike” by former Attawapiskat chief Theresa Spence in 2012 which, while more publicity stunt than self-deprivation...

6/9/2016

article Ottawa organization shipping everything but the kitchen sink to Attawapiskat
(Ontario) -- Over the past few months, a group of people from Ottawa have been collecting donations to send to the youth of Attawapiskat. This weekend, they’re...

6/5/2016

article Attawapiskat chief seeks commitments from PM Trudeau after visit by health minister ends in disappointment
(Ontario) -- Attawapiskat Chief Bruce Shisheesh hopes a meeting scheduled with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau later this month will lead to new health and infrastructure...

6/2/2016

article Health Minister Jane Philpott 'inspired' by visit to Attawapiskat, Kashechewan — but no new commitments
(Ontario) -- Federal Health Minister Jane Philpott did not make new funding commitments during her visits to Attawapiskat and Kashechewan on Thursday, but she met with...
article Health Minister Philpott visits Attawapiskat, Kashechewan
(Ottawa) -- Health Minister Jane Philpott is visting two beleaguered reserves in northern Ontario today, Attawapiskat and Kashechewan, to see conditions in the...
article Justin Trudeau to meet with Attawapiskat chief, First Nations youth in Ottawa June 13
(Ottawa) -- Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will be meeting with Attawapiskat Chief Bruce Shisheesh and a delegation of First Nations youth in Ottawa on June 13, his...

5/29/2016

article Honoured guests from Attawapiskat walk in Sudbury
(Sudbury) -- Walkers participate in the Attawapiskat First Nation Walk for Awareness in Sudbury on Saturday. Students and staff from Rainbow District School Board and...

5/27/2016

article Sudbury students, school staff host 'Walk for Attawapiskat'
(Sudbury) -- Students and staff from Rainbow District School Board and the Wabnode Centre for Aboriginal Services at Cambrian College have joined together to host the...

5/26/2016

article How a Toronto high school soccer team plans to help Attawapiskat
(Ontario) -- One of Toronto's top high school soccer teams is hoping to play a road game this summer — all the way in Attawapiskat. The Bishop Marrocco/Thomas...

5/19/2016

article Ottawa students assemble essential library for Attawapiskat
(Ottawa) -- Students at an Ottawa high school with one of the most ethnically diverse student populations in the city are assembling a small library for young readers in...

5/18/2016

article Attawapiskat makes $5,000 donation to Fort McMurray wildfire relief
(Ontario) -- A northern Ontario First Nation that has been dealing with a suicide crisis among its young people has raised money for Alberta wildfire victims. The...

5/16/2016

article Solutions not stopgaps for Attawapiskat, Gélinas says
(Ontario) -- Calling the situation “a crisis,” Nickel Belt MPP France Gélinas has said people living in remote First Nations communities need long-term...
article Stay or Leave? Attiwapiskat teens face grim choice
(Ontario) -- It is a sombre tale of two worlds. In April, 2016, 400,000 Ontario teens awaited letters of acceptance from colleges and universities, which would signal...

5/13/2016

article Health Canada announces more mental health workers for Attawapiskat
(Ontario) -- Health Canada says it will fund two additional mental health workers and a case manager for youth in Attawapiskat to assist with the northern Ontario...
article OP/ED: A tale of two communities in crisis: Fort McMurray and Attawapiskat
(Canada) -- Crisis situations are shaking two Canadian communities to their very core – the terrifying wildfires that destroyed Fort McMurray, and the epidemic of...
article Attawapiskat youth learn leadership skills at Ottawa forum
(Ottawa) -- With their northern Ontario community plagued by suicide attempts in recent months, three young people from Attawapiskat joined dozens of others from across...

5/11/2016

article Health Canada announces more mental health workers for Attawapiskat
(Ontario) -- Health Canada says it will fund two additional mental health workers and a case manager for youth in Attawapiskat to assist with the northern Ontario...

5/10/2016

article 'Just leave?' Fire Song challenges flip advice to First Nations youth
(Canada) -- "Why don't they just leave?" It's a common reaction to headlines about indigenous communities in crisis — like Attawapiskat, where...
article Charlie Angus ‘deeply disappointed’ with Ottawa’s response to Attawapiskat
(Ottawa) -- New Democrat MP Charlie Angus says the crisis in Attawapiskat First Nation is a stark example of why Ottawa needs to better co-ordinate help efforts by all...

5/9/2016

article Charlie Angus cancels UN trip, cites ongoing Attawapiskat crisis
(Ontario) -- Federal Ministers are speaking on Canadian indigenous affairs in New York but the northern Ontario riding’s MP is visiting the troubled community...
article Ontario's emergency health response to continue in Attawapiskat after 30 day commitment
(Ontario) -- Ontario's Minister of Health confirmed on Monday that an emergency medical assistance team will continue working in Attawapiskat, Ont., after its...

5/7/2016

article Opinion: It's not enough to blame Indian Act when things go wrong in Indigenous communities
(Canada) -- When things go wrong in First Nations communities, like the large number of youth suicides in Attawapiskat, some people say "let's abolish the...

5/6/2016

article Attawapiskat band Midnight Shine chases mainstream dreams from northern Ontario
(Ontario) -- Travelling as far as they have, the bandmates in the northern rock band Midnight Shine consider just standing together in a Toronto rehearsal space a major...

5/5/2016

article Justin Trudeau to meet Attawapiskat chief in the wake of more suicide attempts
(Ottawa) -- Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has accepted an invitation to meet with the chief of Attawapiskat in Ottawa at a "mutually convenient time." In a...
article PM offers meeting with Attawapiskat's chief amid political pressure
(Ottawa) -- Amid political pressure, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has sent a letter to the chief of Attawapiskat First Nation — the beleaguered Ontario community...
article MP Charlie Angus to comment on 9 new cases of suicide attempts in Attawapiskat
(Ontario) -- The chief of Attawapiskat is once again pressing Prime Minister Justin Trudeau for a meeting, saying it's now "a matter of life and death" in...

5/1/2016

article The Arctic Suicides: Your Questions Answered
(Canada) -- Last week, NPR published a special report on suicide in native Arctic communities. Reporter Rebecca Hersher spent 10 weeks in Greenland, the Arctic country...

4/27/2016

article Tristin Hopper: Why Canadian white people have so much trouble understanding why somebody wouldn’t want to leave Attawapiskat
(Canada) -- Lately, it has been quite popular to diagnose Attawapiskat as a geographic problem that can be solved by moving everyone to a more prosperous locale.

4/25/2016

article Attawapiskat school responds to suicide crisis with new Cree program
(Ontario) -- New efforts are being made to encourage students at Kattawapiskak Elementary School in Attawapiskat, Ont., after a state of emergency was declared in the...

4/23/2016

article Doug Cuthand: Ontario tax grab behind Attawapiskat's woes
(Ontario) -- The past decade has seen a serious change in Indian Country, and it is rapidly coming to a head. Legal decisions have redrawn the Canadian Constitution and...
article TAYLOR: Why First Nations people can’t ‘just move’
(Ontario) -- The northern Ontario community of Attawapiskat is only too familiar with its own unique brands of tragedy: flooding, chronic housing shortages, government...

4/21/2016

article Toronto protest ends, INAC offices still occupied in Winnipeg, Vancouver
(Canada) -- On Thursday, demonstrators left the Toronto office of Indigenous and Northern Affairs, nine days after they took it over and sparked a protest that has...

4/20/2016

article 'Much love' from Edmonton: Youth pen letters to Attawapiskat
(Edmonton) -- "To our young brothers and sisters in Attawapiskat." That's how many members of an Edmonton youth group called Cipher5 begin their letters....
article Attawapiskat woman says it's complex, beautiful
(Ontario) -- Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler says the State of Emergency declared by Attawapiskat First Nation on the suicide crisis faced by the remote, northern community is...
article Canadian Rangers help out in Attawapiskat with survival skills
(Ontario) -- Out in the bush, a few kilometres from the First Nations reserve of Attawapiskat, about three dozen young Cree are learning basic outdoor survival skills...
article National Conversation | Attiwapiskat suicide crisis
(Canada) -- Over the last few days, as the cameras and the politicians left, there were more attempted suicides by young people in Attawapiskat. Joseph Boyden, Cindy...
article Saskatoon Catholic churches to bring in elders to talk about spiritual traditions
(Saskatoon) -- Catholic churches in Saskatoon will soon be bringing in indigenous elders to speak about their faith. The initiative was launched in response to the Truth...

4/19/2016

article Attawapiskat: ‘What we can offer is singing, because that’s our gift’
(Ontario) -- Attawapiskat is getting closer and closer. The remote First Nations community on James Bay, inaccessible by road except in winter, has become a symbol for...
article Derek Armstrong; helping Attawapiskat
(Ontario) -- Derek Armstrong of Sault Ste. Marie is reaching out to the youth of Attawapiskat through a cause that he says, “touched my heart,” after hearing...
article Attawapiskat suicide crisis moves boy, 9, to put message on school uniform
(Toronto) -- A young boy was watching the news one day when he realized he wanted to do something to help the people of Attawapiskat.

4/18/2016

article 'We don't ask for much': Indigenous affairs minister grilled in Attawapiskat
(Ontario) -- Indigenous and Northern Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett was grilled by several young people during her Monday visit to the First Nation of Attawapiskat,...
article Attawapiskat youth question lack of supports as minister visits community
(Ontario) -- A young man in the troubled First Nation of Attawapiskat asked the federal indigenous affairs minister on Monday why his community was living in Third World...
article Indigenous Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett to visit Attawapiskat amidst latest suicide attempts
(Ontario) -- The chief of a fly-in First Nation on the James Bay coast says he hopes a planned meeting with Indigenous and Northern Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett will...
article INAC offices offer limited services as protesters remain in Winnipeg, Toronto
(Manitoba) -- A number of Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada offices are closed to the public as protesters continue an occupation that began last week. INAC issued...

4/17/2016

article Attawapiskat Chief takes to social media to warn of 5 more suicide attempts
(Canada) -- The Chief of the Attawapiskat First Nation on the shores of James Bay has taken to twitter to announce more suicide attempts by young people in the community.
article Reporter's notebook: Left behind in Attawapiskat
(Ontario) -- I was left behind in Attawapiskat. I watched my trusted CBC News and Radio-Canada colleagues get on board a small airplane and I waved goodbye. I was...

4/16/2016

article Protesters demand action on Attawapiskat suicide crisis
(Canada) -- About 50 demonstrators gathered outside the Indigenous and Northern Affairs office in Gatineau on Friday to call on the federal government to take action on...
article Suicide crisis protests at Indigenous Affairs offices spread across Canada
(Canada) -- Demonstrators calling themselves #OccupyINAC have taken over two Indigenous and Northern Affairs offices and forced the department to close six more...
article ‘We’re not bison,’ grand chief says to suggestion First Nations people leave troubled reserves like Attawapiskat
(Canada) -- When former Canadian prime minister Jean Chrétien was asked this week to comment on the dire situation at the Attawapiskat First Nation, where suicide and...
article Attawapiskat feast provides respite during week that saw 25 suicide attempts
(Canada) -- Most of the media and politicians have left Attawapiskat.The community on the James Bay coast has been in the news because of a suicide crisis.

4/15/2016

article Attawapiskat residents remain loyal to the troubled community
(Ontario) -- At Jerry Nakogee's camp, where dozens of Attawapiskat youths have gathered for an evening bonfire, the longtime resident, who says his son recently...
article Attawapiskat suicide crisis gets help, but will it last? MPP asks
(Ontario) -- The member of the Ontario Legislature for Attawapiskat says he is skeptical about how long help for the remote First Nation community will last, as it...
article Indigenous and Northern Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett on the situation in Attawapiskat
(Quebec) -- Last night, federal MPs held an emergency debate to address the mental health crisis affecting the small Ontario community of Attawapiskat.
article Jean Chrétien comments on Attawapiskat 'fundamentally wrong,' indigenous studies prof says
(Manitoba) -- Former prime minister Jean Chrétien's comments on the substandard living conditions facing many remote First Nations communities are "...
article Official Statement From ‪#OccupyINAC‬ Winnipeg
(Manitoba) -- In the spirit of peace, love and solidarity with our relatives at #OccupyINAC Toronto, we have been peacefully gathering since yesterday morning at the...

4/14/2016

article Committee hears harrowing testimony about health crisis in Ontario First Nation
(Ontario) -- An emergency session of Canada’s Aboriginal Affairs committee heard harrowing testimony from a doctor who serves First Nations communities in the area.
article During suicide debate Justice Minister says it’s time for First Nations to shed Indian Act ‘shackles’
(Ottawa) -- Justice Minster Jody Wilson-Raybould said Tuesday the Trudeau Liberal government aims to “complete the unfinished business of Confederation” and...
article First Nations leaders discuss health emergencies at Commons committee today
(Ottawa) -- Indigenous leaders told a committee of MPs today that the conditions in their communities are similar to what one would find in a war zone and that their...
article Occupy INAC focuses national attention on Attawapiskat
(Ontario) -- The occupation of the Toronto office of Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada has helped focus attention on the plight of the remote community of...
article AFN regional chief blasts Chretien over relocation comments while Liberal ministers dodge
(Ottawa) -- The Assembly of First Nations regional Chief for Ontario blasted former Liberal prime minister Jean Chretien for suggesting some northern First Nations may...
article Former prime minister’s comments on Attawapiskat touch a nerve with APTN viewers
(Ottawa) -- Former prime minister Jean Chrétien’s comments on Attawapiskat stirred quite a few emotions this week. Chrétien, who as Indian Affairs minister in the...
article Jean Chrétien's comments on Attawapiskat criticized in Commons
(Ottawa) -- Comments made by former prime minister Jean Chrétien on the substandard living conditions facing many remote First Nations communities spilled over into the...
article Winnipeg Indigenous and Northern Affairs office occupied by protesters
(Manitoba) -- Protesters have occupied an Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada office in downtown Winnipeg. "We have officially occupied INAC in Winnipeg in...
article Cree launch letter writing campaign to show support for Attawapiskat
(Quebec) -- Crees gathered at a regional health assembly in Waskaganish launched a letter-writing campaign this morning to show support for the people in Attawapiskat,...
article Ontario provides $2 million for regional youth unit in support of Attawapiskat
(Ontario) -- The Ontario government said it would be providing $2 million to fund a Youth Regional Coordination Unit for the Mushkegowuk Council, which includes...

4/13/2016

article 'My heart bleeds': Hunter Tootoo makes links between Nunavut and Attawapiskat
(North Canada) -- In the House of Commons' emergency debate on the Attawapiskat suicide crisis Tuesday, one MP spoke from personal experience. "Suicide is a...
article Attawapiskat working on plan to address youth suicide crisis
(Ontario) -- Everyone in Attawapiskat knows someone who's tried to commit suicide. The remote northern Ontario First Nation of about 2,000 is facing a suicide crisis...
article How To Help The Attawapiskat First Nation, Which Is Suffering From A Severe Suicide Crisis
(Ontario) -- The council of the First Nation of Attawapiskat declared a state of emergency in response to a rash of suicide attempts that have swept the small community...
article Indigenous and Northern Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett on the situation in Attawapiskat
(Montreal) -- Last night, federal MPs held an emergency debate to address the mental health crisis affecting the small Ontario community of Attawapiskat. The community...
article Ontario Health Minister announces $2-million in aid for Attawapiskat
(Ontario) -- Ontario’s health minister announced measures Wednesday aimed at helping an isolated First Nation cope with a suicide emergency. Eric Hoskins visited...
article Indigenous dance group in Manitoba offers free performance to Attawapiskat First Nation
(Manitoba) -- The manager of two indigenous dance groups in Manitoba is offering a free performance for the people in Attawapiskat First Nation in hopes of helping young...
article Northern Manitoba First Nation healing after suicide crisis wants to reach out to Attiwapiskat
(Manitoba) -- A youth leader in a Manitoba First Nation is saddened and dismayed to hear that an Ontario First Nation is dealing with a crisis of suicide attempts among...
article Idle No More, Black Lives Matter protesters demand action on Attawapiskat suicide crisis
(Toronto) -- Protesters are demanding that the federal government take immediate action to address the recent spate of suicide attempts in Attawapiskat First Nation in...
article Indigenous activists protest in Toronto, calling attention to suicide attempts in Attawapiskat
(Toronto) -- Indigenous activists from grassroots organizations such as Idle No More staged a sit-in in the lobby of Indigenous Affairs and Northern Development in...

4/12/2016

article 'Dying from hopelessness': Attawapiskat desperate to stop suicide pandemic
(Ontario) -- Attawapiskat First Nation in northern Ontario declared a state of emergency Saturday in response to reports of 11 suicide attempts in one day by residents...
article 'Nothing has changed': Attawapiskat crisis part of decades-long problem
(Ontario) -- A psychiatrist who has been working with First Nations mental health services for several years says suicide crises like the one gripping the remote...
article Attawapiskat emergency debate to be held by MPs this evening
(Ontario) -- The House of Commons will hold an emergency debate this evening over "the gravity" of the many teen suicide attempts on the First Nation reserve...
article Attawapiskat suicide crisis subject of emergency debate in House
(Ottawa) -- NDP MP Charlie Angus opened the emergency debate on the Attawapiskat suicide crisis by calling for a groundswell of political will that will put an end to...
article Attawapiskat youth need inspiration to overcome barriers, resident says
(Ontario) -- Chelsea Jane Edwards was deeply saddened when she heard her remote northern Ontario First Nation of Attawapiskat had declared a state of emergency over a...
article Desperation in Attawapiskat: First Nation leaders fear for their young
(Ontario) -- There is fear more young people on the Attawapiskat First Nation will try to harm themselves as the northern Ontario community tries to get a handle on a...
article Police foil suicide pact of 13 youths in struggling Attawapiskat
(Ontario) -- A suicide pact by 13 young aboriginal people, including a 9-year-old, has been thwarted on a remote First Nation in northern Ontario where local leaders say...
article Suicide crisis on Attawapiskat First Nation reverberates on Parliament Hill
(Ottawa) -- The misery and neglect at the root of a suicide crisis on a remote northern First Nation has "shocked the world," an NDP MP said Tuesday as the...

4/11/2016

article 'A complicated grief,' says aunt of Attawapiskat teen who took her own life
(Ontario) -- Eleven in one night. That's how many people tried to take their own lives in the northern Ontario Attawapiskat First Nation this past Saturday.
article 11 suicide attempts in one night: Attawapiskat cries for help
(Ontario) -- After 11 suicide attempts on Saturday night in the remote northern Ontario community, officials in Attawapiskat First Nation declared a state of emergency...
article Crisis workers sent to Attawapiskat after spike in suicide attempts
(Ontario) -- The Canadian government has sent additional mental health workers to the northern Ontario reserve of Attawapiskat as it works on an emergency response to a...
article LIST: States of emergency Attawapiskat has declared in recent years
(Ontario) -- The remote northern Ontario first nation of Attawapiskat has declared a state of emergency after a rash of suicide attempts was reported over the weekend....
article Suicide pact feared in wake of earlier rash of attempts in Attawapiskat
(Ontario) -- Several youth in Attawapiskat First Nation were brought into the local hospital on Monday and might have been members of a suicide pact, according to a...
article Suicides Plague an Aboriginal Community in Canada
(Ontario) -- She was bullied relentlessly. She suffered from asthma, diabetes and other ailments. Her living conditions were unbearably cramped: 20 relatives taking...
article The Suicide Emergency Among Canada’s First Nations
(Ontario) -- An indigenous community in Canada’s northern region of Ontario has declared a state of emergency after 11 people there attempted suicide on Saturday...
article Attawapiskat First Nation again in crisis after rash of suicide attempts
(Ontario) -- The recurring crises in the remote James Bay region First Nation of Attawapiskat are back in the national headlines after a reported rash of suicide...

4/10/2016

article Attawapiskat overwhelmed by suicide attempts from age 11 to 71
(Ontario) -- The chief and council for the Attawapiskat First Nation on remote James Bay say they're overwhelmed by the number of attempted suicides in the community...

8/18/2015

article Attawapiskat woman says her dog was surrendered without her knowledge
(Ontario) -- An Attawapiskat woman wants her dog back after he was sent south for medical treatment. Janie Wesley believed her dog was just getting veterinary care...

8/12/2015

article Attawapiskat's Theresa Spence dropped from second ballot in NAN election
(Ontario) -- Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence is resigning as chief of the Attawapiskat First Nation after five years in the job. Spence stepped aside as chief of her...

12/31/2014

article Remembering Attawapiskat walker Paul Mattinas
(Ontario) -- Paul Mattinas was one of the Attawapiskat (Omushkegowuk) walkers, who trekked by foot from Attawapiskat to Ottawa last winter. Mattinas, 56, passed away in...

11/28/2014

article Attawapiskat First Nation should repay $1.8M in housing money, auditors say
(Ottawa) -- Aboriginal Affairs wants the Attawapiskat First Nation to repay more than $1.8 million in housing funding after an audit could not substantiate the spending...

11/19/2014

article Man in custody after shot fired, lockdown in Attawapiskat
(Ontario) -- One man is in custody after police in Attawapiskat responded to reports of a shot fired in the community on Wednesday morning. Attawapiskat’s school...

9/24/2014

article Attawapiskat band members want vote on future of Chief Spence
(Ontario) -- A small group of Attawapiskat band members demanded the resignation of Chief Theresa Spence at a council meeting Tuesday, but Spence has refused to step...

9/23/2014

article Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence may face motion of non-confidence
(Ontario) -- A member of the Attawapiskat First Nation hopes a motion of non-confidence that she will put forward today will be put to a vote during a band meeting.

8/29/2014

article Kattawapiskak School in Attawapiskat opens next week
(Ontario) -- In a few days students will start classes at Kattawapiskak Elementary School — the first proper school the First Nation of Attawapiskat has had in 14...

8/28/2014

article Attawapiskat names long-awaited school 'Kattawapiskak'
(Ontario) -- After 14 years of holding classes in drafty portables, the Attawapiskat First Nation is celebrating the opening of Kattawapiskak Elementary School. In 2000...

8/27/2014

article Attawapiskat first school in 14 years to be named today
(Ontario) -- After 14 years of holding classes in drafty portables, the Attawapiskat First Nation is celebrating the opening of a new elementary school.

7/28/2014

article After 14 years, new school finally set to open in Attawapiskat
(Ontario) -- The new school year is still a month away, but the excitement is building in Attawapiskat. This year they'll finally be attending classes in a new,...

5/20/2014

article 1,000 evacuated from Attawapiskat First Nations community
(Ontario) -- Government officials say they’ve finished evacuating residents from a remote First Nations community in northern Ontario.

5/19/2014

article Attawapiskat evacuation goes smoothly, says province
(Ontario) -- The evacuation Attawapiskat First Nation on the shores of James Bay went smoothly on the weekend.

5/18/2014

article Evacuation continues at remote Attawapiskat First Nation
(Ontario) -- Many of the people being evacuated from the remote Attawapiskat First Nation in northern Ontario are being taken to northern Quebec. Emergency Management...

4/8/2014

article Troubled Ontario reserve's former co-manager facing fraud and theft charges
(Ontario) -- A man who once handled the finances of the troubled northern Ontario reserve of Attawapiskat faces fraud and theft charges stemming from what police are...

4/7/2014

article Clayton Kennedy, former Attawapiskat co-manager, charged with fraud
(Ontario) -- The former co-manager of Attawapiskat First Nation is facing fraud and theft charges, CBC News has learned. Clayton Kennedy was co-manager of the northern...

2/17/2014

article Attawapiskat walkers: A Moose Cree community perspective
(Ontario) -- This story was produced with guidance from Danny Kresnyak of Journalists for Human Rights as part of JHR’s Northern Ontario Initiative. As of Feb. 14...

2/10/2014

article 'People's Inquiry' into First Nations suicide stops in Attawapiskat
(Ontario) -- People in Attawapiskat will take on the difficult subject of suicide this week. To gather more information about what may be pushing people to take their...

1/23/2014

article Attawapiskat financial statement error slips by Ottawa, auditors
(Ontario) -- Attawapiskat First Nation's latest audited consolidated financial statements contain an error that makes it appear as if tens of millions of dollars...

1/6/2014

article Attawapiskat First Nation walkers trek to Ottawa with message
(Ontario) -- Three walkers left Attawapiskat First Nation on Jan. 4 with the goal of trekking to Ottawa with a message for the government and their chiefs. Community...

12/11/2013

article OP/ED: My Attawapiskat is more than a housing crisis
(Ontario) -- I’m a student, an aunt, a daughter, a budding photographer and for me Attawapiskat is much more than a housing crisis. Attawapiskat is home. A lot happens...

11/28/2013

article Displaced Attawapiskat residents unsure of return home
(Ontario) -- Residents of the First Nations community of Attawapiskat are facing an uncertain timeline for returning home after a fire destroyed housing trailers in the...

11/24/2013

article Attawapiskat fire leaves almost 70 homeless
(Ontario) -- Flights left from Attawapiskat on Saturday to transport approximately 70 people forced from their homes by a fire in the First Nation community in northern...

8/30/2013

article Attawapiskat housing progress made, more work needed
(Ontario) -- The First Nation of Attawapiskat is making progress on the housing crisis according to the band, but for those in make-shift housing it doesn't quite...

8/29/2013

article Attawapiskat election highlights voting problem
(Ontario) -- At least one Attawapiskat First Nation band member is vowing to appeal Chief Theresa Spence's re-election, as the controversy surrounding the process is...

8/28/2013

article Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence re-elected in vote criticized as exclusive
(Ontario) -- Chief Theresa Spence rose to national prominence by leading a hunger strike protest demanding the government listen to the voices of all aboriginal...
article Theresa Spence vows to find new revenues for Attawapiskat
(Ontario) -- Theresa Spence is putting new revenue-sharing deals with the federal and provincial governments, as well as mining companies, on the top of her agenda after...

8/27/2013

article Attawapiskat election today puts Theresa Spence on hot seat
(Ontario) -- Theresa Spence, who went on a six-week hunger strike last winter in an effort to convince the federal government to take aboriginal concerns seriously, is...
article Complaints over vote as Idle No More hunger striker Spence seeks re-election
(Ontario) -- The Congress of Aboriginal Peoples has urged the Attawapiskat First Nation to postpone band council elections until all members living off-reserve have a...
article Theresa Spence re-elected chief in Attawapiskat
(Ontario) -- Theresa Spence, who went on a six-week hunger strike last winter in an effort to persuade the federal government to take aboriginal concerns seriously, has...

5/27/2013

article Alanis Obomsawin Documents a Crisis with 'The People of the Kattawapiskak River'
(Ontario) -- In October 2011, due to its unacceptable housing situation, the Attawapiskat First Nation declared a state of emergency, and a media feeding frenzy ensued...

4/30/2013

article Attawapiskat, Kashechewan declare state of emergency due to flooding
(Ontario) -- A partial evacuation is now planned for the Kashechewan First Nation, as flood problems worsen for communities on the James Bay Coast in northern Ontario.

4/29/2013

article Attawapiskat evacuating hospital due to sewer backup
(Ontario) -- Melting snow in Attawapiskat has caused sewers to back up, sending effluent into homes and buildings. Arrangements are being made this afternoon to move 10...

3/23/2013

article Taking a closer look at Attawapiskat: An APTN special report
(Ontario) -- A four-part series looking into equality for Aboriginal peoples began Wednesday night. Almost everyone has an opinion on what that is.

3/12/2013

article Timing of Attawapiskat audit release comes under scrutiny
(Ontario) -- Government “media lines” related to a critical audit of Attawapiskat First Nation included responses to anticipated questions about the length...

2/25/2013

article De Beers considers lawsuits after Attawapiskat blockade
(Ontario) -- Officials with DeBeers are crossing their fingers that there's enough time left in the winter road season to keep the Victor mine on track.

2/22/2013

article Still no movement in De Beers-Attawapiskat impasse
(Ontario) -- Nearly three weeks after the winter road opened for the season, a roadblock to the De Beers mine near Attawapiskat continues.

2/19/2013

article Attawapiskat blockade may force De Beers to close mine
(Ontario) -- Despite what was called a "successful" meeting with protestors and a court injunction issued Friday, a road block on the winter road to the De...

2/16/2013

article Attawapiskat De Beers Mine Blockade Update
(Ontario) -- Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence, along with Danny Metatawabin, and local lawyer Kathy Koostachin are at the blockade site talking to the protesters....

1/29/2013

article Attawapiskat waits on Chief Theresa Spence's return
(Ontario) -- Chief Theresa Spence has yet to return to her home in Attawapiskat — a community still plagued with housing issues and overshadowed by an unflattering...

1/12/2013

article Attawapiskat audit leak more “game-playing” by Conservatives: MP Paul Dewar
(Ontario) -- Some are calling the leak of Attawapiskat’s audit a smear job to discredit Chief Theresa Spence. NDP MP Paul Dewar wasn’t impressed with the...

1/10/2013

article Attawapiskat Chief Spence’s ‘life partner’ challenges department to launch forensic audit, says band has nothing to hide
(Ontario) -- Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence’s “life partner” says the federal Aboriginal Affairs department should finally launch the forensic audit...

1/9/2013

article Inside Attawapiskat's financial troubles
(Ontario) -- An audit of the financial records of the Attawapiskat First Nations reserve has raised questions about the situation on the northern Ontario reserve and...

1/8/2013

article Global TV crew kicked out of Attawapiskat
(Ontario) -- A television crew has been kicked out of of Attawapiskat and the woman who is acting as the chief while Theresa Spence is on a hunger strike says no outside...
article Read the audit on Attawapiskat
(Ontario) -- Attawapiskat, the northern Ontario first nation which declared a state of emergency over poor housing conditions, has not properly accounted for millions in...

1/7/2013

article Attawapiskat audit raises questions about millions in spending
(Ontario) -- The Northern Ontario first nation which declared a state of emergency over deplorable housing and whose chief is now on a hunger strike over treaty...
article Attawapiskat audit says federal funds spent without records
(Ontario) -- A newly released audit of the federal funding spent by the Attawapiskat First Nation has found significant documentation lacking for the $104 million...
article Attawapiskat Chief Spence’s ‘life partner’ challenges department to launch forensic audit, says band has nothing to hide
(Ontario) -- Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence’s “life partner” says the federal Aboriginal Affairs department should finally launch the forensic audit...
article Attawapiskat’s accounting problems not unusual among First Nations communities
(Ottawa) -- For three years, auditors warned the chief and council of a First Nations reserve that they were problems with how the band kept its books. Missing or...
article Federal government audit ‘severely critical’ of Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence
(Ontario) -- The federal government is concerned a damning independent auditof how federal funds are spent in Attawapiskat will inflame tensions in advance of Friday...
article Scathing federal government audit dismissed by Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence as ‘distraction’
(Ottawa) -- In her 28th day of a hunger strike, Chief Theresa Spence shrugged off as a “distraction” a scathing federal audit that shows the Attawapiskat...
article OP/ED: The Attawapiskat audit: Excuses, evasions, hypocrisy
(Canada) -- The audit is out, the verdict is damning. As reported by CBC News, an independent assessment of six years of transactions on the troubled Attawapiskat First...

1/6/2013

article Chief Spence meets the spin cycle
(Canada) -- Holding a hunger strike in sight of Parliament Hill would set Chief Theresa Spence up for criticism. Indeed, in the last few days, criticism against the...

1/3/2013

article Documents show plenty of money flowing through Spence's reserve
(Ontario) -- Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence's household made as much as $250,000 in the fiscal year ending March 2011.

1/1/2013

article Former Tsawwassen chief talks about Attawapiskat
(British Columbia) -- As Chief Theresa Spence of the Attawapiskat First Nation in Ontario enters her fourth week of a hunger strike to urge the prime minister to meet...

12/31/2012

article Attawapiskat: Why don't they just leave?
(Ontario) -- If she had a magic wand, Rosie Koostachin would change many things in her community. There would be better housing, health care and education. There would...

12/24/2012

article Attawapiskat residents spread Christmas warmth
(Ontario) -- Joe Kataquapit was likely the happiest man here on Sunday. The big, burly man, who runs the local inn bearing his name, dressed up as Santa, climbed...

12/23/2012

article Idle No More: Canadian Union of Postal Workers Honors Attawapiskat Chief’s Strong Stand Against the Country's 'Moral Bankruptcy'
(Ottawa) -- Nine days ago, when Idle No More rallies swept across Canada, Attawapiskat First Nation Chief Theresa Spence announced a hunger strike.
article Please pray for my mother: Spence’s daughter
(Ottawa) -- When she’s able Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence walks to the edge of the Ottawa River. She stares up to Parliament Hill to think about her demands,...
article Pressure mounting on PM Harper to meet hunger striker Theresa Spence
(Ottawa) -- Pressure is mounting on Prime Minister Stephen Harper to tear down his stubborn wall of silence over hunger striker Chief Theresa Spence.
article Willing to die unless the Federal government starts showing more respect to First Nations
(Ontario) -- “Willing to die unless the Federal government starts showing more respect to First Nations concerns and Aboriginal treaties, Chief Theresa Spence...

12/22/2012

article Governor General refuses to answer questions on Attawapiskat chief
(Ottawa) -- Gov-General David Johnston refused to answer questions on Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence Tuesday when approached by reporters asking if he was going to...
article Attawapiskat Chief Spence reissues call for PM, GG treaty meeting
(Ottawa) -- Hunger-striking Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence issued a statement Tuesday again calling on the prime minister and the governor general to agree to a...
article Brazeau: Attawapiskat chief’s hunger strike doesn’t set “good example for young Aboriginal youth”
(Ottawa) -- Conservative Senator Patrick Brazeau says Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence’s now 10 day-long hunger strike doesn’t set a “good example for...
article Harper unlikely to meet hunger-striking Attawapiskat chief’s request for meeting
(Ottawa) -- A group of First Nations leaders and supporters of hunger-striking Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence taped a letter to the gates of Prime Minister Stephen...
article Harper: Act Now Before Chief Theresa Spence Dies
(Ontario) -- Chief Theresa Spence hasn't eaten in over 11 days. The weather has taken a big turn for the worse and her tent home on Victoria Island is far from ideal.
article Idle No More: On the meaning of Chief Theresa Spence's hunger strike
(Canada) -- Native peoples in this country have endured much worse than the disrespect Prime Minister Harper showed on Dec 21, tweeting about "mmm… bacon...

12/18/2012

article Attawapiskat chief's hunger strike part of wider movement
(Ontario) -- As Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence continues her hunger strike on Parliament Hill in an attempt to get a meeting with Prime Minister Stephen Harper, a...
article PM urged to help end first nation chief’s hunger strike
(Ottawa) -- The federal opposition parties and the head of the Assembly of First Nations are urging Prime Minister Stephen Harper to take steps to end a prominent...

12/17/2012

article Hunger strike prompts Atleo to demand Harper meeting
(Manitoba) -- The National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations is calling for a meeting with Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Gov. Gen. David Johnston.

12/13/2012

article Attawapiskat chief to begin what could be her last protest
(Ottawa) -- Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence arrived on the steps of Parliament Hill Monday to begin what could be her final protest. “I’m willing to die...
article Prime Minister’s Office silent as Attawapiskat Chief Spence enters third day of hunger strike
(Ottawa) -- Opposition MPs said Thursday they were worried about the health of Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence who is now into her third day of a hunger strike and...

12/12/2012

article First Nations at "Tipping Point"
(Ontario) -- The chief of the First Nation community of Attawapiskat in northern Ontario is in Ottawa, where she says she'll go on a hunger strike to push the...

12/11/2012

article Attawapiskat chief 'willing to die' to force Harper meeting
(Ontario) -- The chief of the First Nations community of Attawapiskat in northern Ontario is on a hunger strike and says she is willing to risk her own health to push...

12/10/2012

article Attawapiskat chief goes on hunger strike to press for treaty rights
(Ontario) -- The chief of a Northern Ontario reserve that garnered international media attention last year for its deplorable living conditions says she is giving up...

12/2/2012

article Neighbouring reserve to Attawapiskat declares fuel, housing emergency
(Ontario) -- A year after the northern Ontario community of Attawapiskat jarred the country's conscience with its deplorable housing conditions, the reserve next...

9/24/2012

article Attawapiskat Housing Update – Progress continues, more work needed
(Ontario) -- The northern Ontario community of Attawapiskat made headlines last winter over housing conditions. Over the winter, mobiles homes were shipped to...

8/12/2012

article Editorial: Attawapiskat is not a Piñata
(Ontario) -- The northern Ontario community of Attawapiskat is not a Piñata. Yet the attacks on the people of Attawapiskat continue. The federal Conservatives pulled the...

8/10/2012

article John Duncan let financing for Attawapiskat housing fall through, say natives
(Ottawa) -- A plan to build much-needed houses in Attawapiskat fell through because of lack of support from Aboriginal Affairs Minister John Duncan, leaders in the...

8/2/2012

article Duncan 'disappointed' with Attawapiskat ruling
(Ontario) -- Aboriginal Affairs Minister John Duncan said the government is disappointed with a Federal Court ruling that says it was “unreasonable in all...
article Feds mulls appeal on Attawapiskat ruling
(Ottawa) -- Aboriginal Affairs Minister John Duncan says the jury is still out on whether the government dropped the ball when it appointed a money manager for...

8/1/2012

article Attawapiskat 3rd-party manager was 'contrary to law'
(Ontario) -- The government's decision to have an outside manager handle finances for an embattled Ontario reserve was illegal, the Federal Court ruled Wednesday.
article Attawapiskat handed victory by Federal Court
(Ontario) -- The Federal Court said today in a judicial review that it was "unreasonable" for the federal government to appoint a third-party manager in...
article Ottawa was wrong to send third-party manager to Attawapiskat, court rules
(Ontario) -- The Federal Court says it was inappropriate for Ottawa to send a third-party manager into Attawapiskat last year when the remote and impoverished first...
article Ottawa’s response to Attawapiskat emergency ‘unreasonable,’ court rules
(Ontario) -- Ottawa should not have responded to a housing crisis in the impoverished first nation of Attawapiskat by dispatching a third-party manager to deal with what...

7/25/2012

article Woman takes a walk for Attawapiskat
(Ontario) -- Ellen Koehler took her first step just over one week ago to make what she hopes will be a ripple large enough to reach a struggling northern community.

7/18/2012

article Still have crisis: Attawapiskat chief
(Toronto) -- Attawapiskat’s state of emergency is still in effect months after the northern Ontario reserve made headlines last winter, says its chief. “We...

6/6/2012

article Attawapiskat housing protest is over, says chief
(Sudbury) -- The protest in front of the band office in Attawapiskat has ended, according to the First Nation chief. Several protesters were camping out in front of the...

4/29/2012

article Trailers have been delivered to Attawapiskat, but critics say it’s a ‘Band-Aid’ solution only community
(Ontario) -- Almost six months after the federal government put a “Band-Aid” on the housing crisis in Attawapiskat, opposition MPs say there needs to be a...

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