This time of year, many worthy charities will be asking for a little of your hard-earned money. You might consider donating some games, clothes, new blankets or non-perishable food to other Ontarians living in real need. Mike Sullivan, our MP, is asking for donations to the Attawapiskat First Nation in Northern Ontario.
Attawapiskat, which is near Hudson Bay, declared a state of emergency last month over living conditions. According to reports, many people are living in tents or shacks, without toilets, running water or electricity.
Sullivan is asking for donations, and says that “nothing has been done”. This is the result of “chronic underfunding”. He asks Weston residents to donate at his office, at 36 South Station Street, before December 4th.
“This government has spent some $90 million since coming to office just on Attawapiskat,” he told the Commons on Tuesday. “That’s over $50,000 for every man, woman and child in the community.
“Obviously we’re not very happy that the results do not seem to have been achieved for that.”
He and Aboriginal Affairs Minister John Duncan said officials are looking into the situation.
But a 2010 audit of federal funds spent on reserve housing suggests there’s a lack of oversight on the part of the federal government into how that money gets spent.