ATTAWAPISKAT – Getting a view of a situation firsthand can help to get a full understanding of a situation. National Chief Atleo accepted an invitation to visit the northern Treaty 9 community during the AFN Special Chiefs Assembly in Ottawa earlier this month where Chiefs from across Canada stood in support of Attawapiskat and other First Nation communities similarly challenged by lack of adequate housing and infrastructure, clean drinking water and heating. The trip continues an extension of solidarity from across Ontario, including representation from other Ontario First Nations and the philanthropic community.
Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief Shawn A-in-chut Atleo, together with a small delegation, will visit the leadership and members of Attawapiskat First Nation tomorrow. Mohawk Council of Akwesasne Grand Chief Mike Kanentakeron Mitchell and AFN Ontario Regional Chief Angus Toulouse, Olympian and IndigenACTION Ambassador Waneek Horn-Miller and Don Morrison of the Debbie and Don Morrison Family Foundation will join National Chief Atleo on a day trip to the northern community currently challenged by a severe housing crisis.
“First Nation leaders across Canada stand in solidarity with Attawapiskat and all First Nations,” said AFN National Chief Shawn Atleo. “Strong in our cultures and traditions we continue to offer support for healing and capacity-building at the community level. At this time of year, more than ever, we think of home and time with our families. We must continue this focus on our children and a brighter future for them, and it must start now. We must see action today for a better tomorrow for First Nations and all Canadians.”
A spokesperson for the Prime Minister has said that Prime Minister Harper has no plans at present to visit Attawapiskat.