Strive for balance when covering Attawapiskat story
The problem with framing it in this way — as a crisis — is that it sensationalizes the community’s devastation and eclipses on the ground lived-experiences. It leaves little room for those who call Attawapiskat home to honour the stories and the beauty of this place.
Former chief of Attawapiskat Theresa Spence went on a six-week hunger strike in 2012-13 in an effort to arrange a meeting with then-prime minister Stephen Harper to discuss Indigenous issues. Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright