Former prime minister’s comments on Attawapiskat touch a nerve with APTN viewers

Dennis Ward
APTN National News
Former prime minister Jean Chrétien’s comments on Attawapiskat stirred quite a few emotions this week.

Chrétien, who as Indian Affairs minister in the late 1960’s, tabled the controversial “White Paper” that would end the special legal rights between Canada and status Indians.

This week he was asked about the crisis unfolding in Attawapiskat and quipped that sometimes people have to move.

And that got APTN’s viewers writing in.



Host/Producer - Winnipeg

Dennis is Metis from southern Manitoba. After spending a decade working in TV in Alberta and Ontario, Dennis returned to Manitoba to join APTN’s Winnipeg bureau as reporter/correspondent in September 2014. In 2016, he won a Canadian Association of Journalists award for his story A Soldier Scorned for APTN Investigates. In 2017, he became a host/producer for APTN National News and Face to Face. In 2020, Dennis and co host Melissa Ridgen were nominated for a Canadian Screen Award for Best News Anchor, National.