July 30, 2007 at 10:36 AM EDT
(PHOTO: Kashechewan flooding http://www.theglobeandmail.com/)
The people of Kashechewan are now emblematic of the racist neglect of all Canadians. The Harper government claims to speak for Canadians and therefore, if we silently accept this outrage, we are complicit in a racist policy.
The people of the community are terrified that the dyke will be breached someday. The community was moved to the present location decades ago because it was convenient for the government supply barge. If the community seems helpless it is because our white settler society worked to make it possible.