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Attawapiskat: the human faces to Conservative indifference.

This is a picture of children from the  Cree community of Appawapiskat. The community and these kids have been advocating to the federal government for years for funds to help build a new school to replace their old one, which has been declared condemned. They had received promises from both federal Liberal and Conservative Indian Affairs Ministers that the school would be built, but nothing has been done. Now, however, the ultra-compassionate (said with sarcasm) Chuck Strahl has point-blank said that the school wouldn’t be built.  Not on the priority list, according to Chuck, even though these kids have been without a school for eight years.

In the meantime, one of the kids, Thirteen-year-old Shannen Koostachin, has been nominated for the International Children’s Peace Prize for her efforts in getting the new school. That award is given out by the same folks who give out the Nobel Peace Prize. It would be a great honour for Shannen, and at the same time an extreme embarrassment to the Conservative government, if she were to win that award and the school had still been refused funding.

That isn’t the only action these kids have taken:

The youth have sent notice to the federal government, letting them know they intend to send a report to the UN detailing Indian and Northern Affairs’ failure to build a school. It will be addressed in the upcoming review of Canada’s obligations under the Conventions on the Rights of the Child. “We want what every other kid takes for granted, we want a new school,” said Shannen Koostachin, 14…The group would like to invite the UN to visit Attawapiskat and “walk a mile in our moccasins” to see what students are forced to live with every day — a request Indian and Northern Affairs Canada Minister Chuck Strahl denied when students visited Ottawa.

Of course Chuck would deny the UN the opportunity to visit the community – because it would guarantee international condemnation (which it still might anyhow).  It would show the world that while the Conservatives may mouth apologies for past wrong deeds and speak nice words (which still get sneered at by the likes of Pierre Poilievre), it can’t act on current wrong deeds.

H/T to Cam for highlighting the plight of the kids and community of Attawapiskat and asking if other bloggers would also highlight this to try and raise awareness. I’m happy to do so.

[email protected]:08pm: Robert over at Blast Furnace Canada has also blogged about this.

UPDATE [email protected]:11pm: I see that Troy had also bogged about this earlier. I feel a blogburst coming on.

UPDATE [email protected]:08pm: Impolitical joins in, as does Wandering Coyote in an addenum to a blogpost

UPDATE [email protected]:14pm: Jim over at the Progressive Right chimes in.

UPDATE [email protected]:50pm: Jim Curran doesn’t do a blogpost does a blogpost, which is a CC of my blogpost, and does put up a link and pic on his sidebar. Stageleft does the same thing at their site, and adds his own blogburst

UPDATE [email protected] 7,2008, 5am: More bloggers posting about this story here, here, and here.

UPDATE [email protected]:46am: Canadian Cynic mentions this here.

UPDATE [email protected]:06am: Jimbobby blogs about this situation here.

UPDATE [email protected]:30pm: Pogge and Skinny blog about this.

UPDATE [email protected]:35 pm: Dr Dawg blogs it.

UPDATE [email protected]:53pm: Saskboy blogs it, and to his credit, Darcey at Dust My Broom, a Conservative-supporting blog, does as well, though the commentators at his blog are for the most part, showing their ignorance typical of the right-wing these days.

UPDATE [email protected]:00pm: Paladiea over at her blog comments on this shameful situation.

UPDATE [email protected]:00pm: Northern BC Dipper and A Creative Revolution also chime in.


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