As an update, and since the story aired, the Canadian Red Cross will be providing aid to the community. As Andrew Potter, a columnist for Macleans, said on Twitter, "The fact that the CBC has sent foreign correspondents to Attawpiskat tells you almost everything you need to know about the problem."
If you want to know more about the complexity of the funding crisis, why federal money did or didn't go where it should or shouldn't, or want to have more in your arsenal when talking to people about the crisis or about similar issues on first nations reserves, I HIGHLY suggest this piece on 'Dealing with comments about Attawapiskat.' It includes links to a full breakdown of federal funding allocation, explanation of why the "$90 million" figure is misleading, and gives a clearer picture of where funding comes from and how it's allocated. It also includes such gems as: "There is a tendency to believe that our government officials do things in a way that makes sense." lol. True dat.
It also says this:
Jesus. And we wonder why our development assistance and foreign aid isn't achieving what it should or could? Let me say that again: "The government is not keeping track of what it does, how it does it, or whether what it is doing works." If you don't monitor and evaluate (buzzwords ahoy!) your programs, if you don't experiment with approaches and follow up with communities and alter your work if it proves not to work, then it's highly likely you aren't doing anyone any good at all.
(Oh, and the next person to whine to me about how "natives don't pay taxes"? Is getting verbally slapped. Grrrrrr.)