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Nunuvut Grocery Prices - Insane!

YouTube, 2010 (2:42 min).

A short, fun, and informative video on the high cost of food and other goods in Nunavut.

Just Get Over It

YouTube video, 2011 (5:48 min)

This video is a call for justice for Aboriginal Peoples from PSAC (Public Service Alliance of Canada) aboriginal activists explaining the issues behind the union's campaign for justice for Aboriginal people.

God's Lake Narrows - NFB video

In this interactive resource in which we are  provided with a glimpse into contemporary Cree life.  This resource explores identity, perception, and what it means to be native in the 21st century.

Heartspeak about Shannen's Dream

Youtube, 2011 (11:00 min)

This short documentary follows the legacy of Shannen Koostachin of Attawapiskat First Nation,, who had a dream that all First Nations children would have adequate and safe schools. Since the school in her community had been contaminated for decades, Shannen lead a student movement to Ottawa. Although she died in a car accident in 2010, her determination and bravery lives on as others draw from her inspiration to advocate for the rights of all First Nations children.

At Home in Attawapiskat

Youtube, Canadian Geographic, 2 min 16 sec

From the website: "The Cree community of Attawapiskat on James Bay has been fighting for a new elementary school for more than a decade after their first school became a toxic hazard. Will Canada fail the next generation?"

Still Waiting in Attawapiskat: Will Canada Fail the Next Generation of First Nations Students?

Canadian Georaphic, 2010 (8:07 min)

In this Canadian Geographic short about the Cree community of Attawapiskat on James Bay, a school counsellor, the former chief, and a former student discuss how the lack of a suitable school is affecting the community.

Attawapiskat Housing-Crisis

Youtube, By Charlie Angus, November 13, 2011, 9 min 58 sec

From website: "Attawapiskat State of Emergency declared Oct. 2011 because of severe housing crisis in community. Footage from November 2011 site visit by MP Charlie Angus, MPP Gilles Bisson, Mushkegowuk Grand Chief Stan Louttit, Deputy Grand Chief Leo Friday, Dr. John Waddell. Attawapiskat First Nation is on the shores of James Bay Ontario."

Life on the Reserve-Trailer

Youtube, by Graham Shonfield, 2 min 32 sec

From website: "Life on the Reserve is a documentary that follows a few members of the Kiashke Zaaging Anishinaabek (Gull Bay First Nation) community as they take us through what their daily life consists of." 

Visit this site to buy a DVD of the film.

The People of the Kattawapiskak River

National Film Board, 2012 (50:14 min).

Synopsis from the NFB website:  "Alanis Obomsawin’s documentary The People of the Kattawapiskak River exposes the housing crisis faced by 1,700 Cree in Northern Ontario, a situation that led Attawapiskat’s band chief, Theresa Spence, to ask the Canadian Red Cross for help. With the Idle No More movement making front page headlines, this film provides background and context for one aspect of the growing crisis."



Indigenous Services Canada: First Nations Housing

Canadian federal government web page on First Nations Housing.  


Why so few people on Six Nations reserve have clean running water, unlike their neighbors

CBC, 2018

Habitat for Humanity Yukon: Organization helps build new homes on settlement land

The Huffington Post, by Laura Strapagiel, September 21, 2012

Attawapiskat's housing crisis: A ground-level perspective

CBC News, By Richard Spence, December 12, 2013

Whether in Toronto or Attawapiskat, housing policy a dismal failure

Globe and Mail, By Bob Rae, December 4, 2014

Housing crisis in Attawapiskat: Bulletin

Chiefs of Ontario website, Regional Chief Angus Toulouse, December 1, 2011

Canada faces a 'crisis' on Aboriginal reserves: UN investigator

CTV News, by Christina Commisso, October 15, 2013

Walkom: The real story behind Attawapiskat's problems

The Toronto Star, by Thomas Walkom, January 8, 2013

First Nation fire and safety hurt by lack of standards, chief says

CBC News, By Jody Porter, February 23, 2015

Child advocate calls on First Nations, Ottawa to make fire safety a priority

Maclean's Magazine, The Canadian Press, February 20th, 2015

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