ATTAWAPISKAT – The weather in Attawapiskat was almost perfect for National Aboriginal Day. The community hosted a fun day with a parade to mark the occasion.
Young and old in the community came out for the parade that featured colourfully decorated vehicles and lots of fun.
The community of Attawapiskat is located in Northern Ontario on the James Bay Coast. It is a very young community, While there are over 2800 members of Attawapiskat First Nation, the local on-reserve population is 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 nineteen and three-quarters are under the age of thirty-five.
That is why there is such a focus on youth and activities for young people in the community. It is also part of why the need for a new school on the community was seen as so important.