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Indigenous Services Minister assures Attawapiskat that ‘Canada does care’ – CBC

by ahnationtalk on July 22, 201910 Views

Jul 22, 2019

Minister confronted by 8-year-old girl at meeting to discuss water crisis

Canada’s Minister of Indigenous Services, Seamus O’Regan, says reassuring an eight-year-old girl in Attawapiskat about the water crisis affecting the First Nation was “emotional.”

O’Regan flew into the remote northern Ontario community Sunday to address concerns about water safety. About 200 people attended the town-hall style meeting, including the young girl.

“She was quite shaken and and burst into tears,” O’Regan told CBC’s Morning North. “I went over and comforted her as best I could and said, ‘You know, Canada does care about you. We do care about you, and we want to make sure that we do right by you.'”

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