Davis Inlet and Attawapiskat came and went, in terms of political, media and social interest.
The danger from this shallow mode of attention from corporate media is that once it’s no longer “news,” people tend to forget about these crises and/or assume they’re fixed. Then the politicians responsible for the crises and broken system are essentially off the hook.
But what we clearly need is a national dialogue to examine “Canada’s” broken relationship with the first peoples: First Nations, Metis, and Inuit.
On November 28, 2011, I started writing about Attawapiskat.
On December 7, 2011, we Occupied the #Attawapiskat hashtag in Twitter.
On December 19, 2011, I reviewed the results of Occupy #Attawapiskat and called for a national dialogue on “Canada’s” broken relationship with the first peoples. And since the Conservative government is really not interested in starting this dialogue, we should just do it.
On February 22, 2012, I met with tribal council president Cliff Atleo to discuss such a national dialogue, and many related topics that contribute to these broken international relationships within “Canada.” We’ll be airing this interview on Vancouver’s Co-op Radio in three parts starting on March 12, 2012.
On March 12, 2012 a demonstration began in Marpole to keep condo developers from desecrating Musqueam burial site at c̓əsnaʔəm in south Vancouver. I think we should call on politicians at all levels to push for a solution.