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Attawapiskat, Ontario

Natives freeze in tents: A spat between a native tribe in northern Ontario and the Canadian government has focused the country’s attention on the appalling living conditions in aboriginal communities. Chief Theresa Spence of the Attawapiskat community declared a state of emergency in October because her people were living in tents or ramshackle huts without heat or running water as temperatures plunged to the minus-20s. In response, the government last week put the town’s finances under independent management, saying that the $90 million granted to the town of 1,800 people since 2006 had been misspent. But Spence kicked the appointed administrator out, and the Assembly of First Nations supported her, saying the First Nations want “respectful treaty implementation and an equitable share of resources from their land, not imposed, punitive, unilateral action.” The community’s finances remain under control of the outside administrator.

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