CHARLIE ANGUS' LETTER TO SUPPORTERS - SEPTEMBER 10, 2018
As our children and grandchildren begin another year of school, I want to share with you photos of my recent trip to Kashechewan First Nation in the James Bay region of my riding. These children have no school to go to. The broken down portables that have served as their school are condemned because of mould, deteriorating conditions and serious fire worries from teachers.
While visiting the community, I examined the crawl spaces that were full of water and mould. I spoke with teachers who told me how they had to shovel snow off the floor in the winter and the difficulty of prying doors open at lunch because of the shifting of ground. Imagine if there was an electrical fire!
I spoke with children who are heartbroken that they can’t go to school. Many of these kids live in homes so overcrowded, with as many as 20 people living in two or three bedroom homes.
The children in Kashechewan deserve what every other kid in this country takes for granted - the right to go to a safe and comfy school. Children should not have to beg or fight for this right.
While we wait for her response, the children can't wait. The community has begun a national campaign to fight for these children. In the coming days and weeks, I will be sharing with you ways that we can work together to make a difference. For now, you can show your support for these children and families by contacting the Minister of Indigenous Services (email@example.com) over these unacceptable conditions. If you prefer to send a letter by mail, this is the address:
Indigenous Services Canada Terrasses de la Chaudière 10 Wellington North Tower Gatineau, QC K1A 0H4
My guess is she'll respond by telling you that the government is investing in negotiations for a new community. I will be updating you on the real facts to counter this government spin. I am asking for your commitment to this fight. It will be a long battle and we need all of civil society on board.
Thank you. Meegwetch.