Christie Blatchford: Chrétien was right. Maybe the kids in Attawapiskat need to break their ‘trauma bonds’

Poor old Jean Chrétien.

He’s already been called an “assimilationist” (in the House of Commons this week, by NDP MP Niki Ashton) for daring to suggest that perhaps some of the people of Attawapiskat, the remote northern Ontario reserve now effectively on suicide watch, might want to head somewhere more hospitable.

Given that when the former Liberal prime minister was the federal Indian affairs minister, he and his wife adopted his son Michel, who is Inuit, as an 18-month-old from an orphanage in Inuvik, he may even be the ultimate assimilationist.

Background: Jean Chrétien’s solution for struggling Attawapiskat reserve: they should move