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B.C. First Nation chief says band faces same problems as Attawapiskat



Living conditions like those on the Attawapiskat Reserve in northern Ontario (see photogallery above) are grabbing headlines.

Many residents in that Cree community near James Bay live in makeshift tents and shacks that lack heat, electricity and plumbing.

But reserves in B.C. say they are facing those same issues -- and more.

The Whispering Pines/Clinton First Nation Band in the Thompson-Nicola region has been fighting for years to deal with overcrowding and unsafe drinking water, says band chief Mike Leboudais.

He told CBC Daybreak host, Chris Walker, part of the problem is the department of Indian and Northern Affairs Canada, which Leboudais says should be scrapped.

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