December 15, 2011 3 Comments
Thought I should learn how to pronounce it before talking about it.
With the political furor that has been happening over this band of 2,000, perhaps a comparison with Salt Spring will help to give a little better understanding to the situation.
The following stats are from the video linked below.
Attawapiskat * Salt Spring
2,000 * 10,000
Annual federal grant $34 million * $0
Icerink * no ice rink
Zambonie * no zambonie
19 paid Band councillors * no paid councillors
3 Chiefs * 2 Trustees and CRD Director
$500k/yr for housing * $250k/yr housing (CRD)
Annual budget $34 million * “Considerably” less
Annual economic contribution from a diamond mine 9 km away – $49 million * $0
A few additional comments – One would hope Charlie Angus, the NDP MP for 7 years, would have been aware of the state of housing for some time.
With an annual budget of $34 million/year and 22 paid Band members for a population of 2,000, take a guess as to why an independent auditor would (a) be sent by those sending the band half of the $34 m/year, and (b) be kicked off the reservation by the Chief?