Is there anybody out there who can give us more information about what is going on in Pikangikum right now and what if anything outsiders can do to support a good solution to the situation?
All I know about it is that on April 30, Indian Affairs cut off funds to the First Nation after the community refused to go along with INAC's attempt to take over the First Nation's finances. There are no pay cheques and since teachers cannot be paid the school has shut down. The only local store is running out of basic food supplies such as milk and bread. A fuel spill shut down the water treatment system last October.
Pikangikum is a community in turmoil. There have been three suicides since May 26 and forty people have killed themselves since 1990.
AFN Grand Chief Matthew Coon Come has warned that tensions between Indian Affairs and the First Nation could escalate and become another Oka.