Native housing problems can only be solved by strategies which educate aboriginal people to design, construct and maintain housing for themselves with a clearly defined goal of attaining self sufficiency as soon as possible. This is not rocket science.

Culturally sensitive initiatives are important, but they take a back seat, where defenseless aboriginal children are not provided with adequate shelter and educational opportunities to allow them to pursue their dreams and build a better future for their communities.

Aboriginal leaders cannot continue to make excuses or blame government, when they continue to fail meeting the needs of their people in councils which are not transparent, consultative or democratic. Aboriginal nepotism and incompetence are the sad reality in communities like Attawapiskat and this must change.