Last night’s emergency session of Parliament was a heartfelt if ineffectual attempt to deal with the suicide crisis in the remote Northern Ontario First Nation of Attawaspikat. Eleven suicide attempts last weekend prompted the band council to declare a state of emergency and rightfully so. There have been more than 100 other suicide attempts in the at town of 2,000 since September, a statistic utterly dumbfounding without the proper context. That’s why Vicki Lean’s film After the Last River is so important. Vicki began filming in Attawapiskat in 2008, diligently documenting the day to day lives of a people ground down by decades of poverty and government indifference. Despite that the film also shows a community capable of remarkable acts of solidarity and defiance, especially among the town’s young people. I spoke with Vicki Lean on the program last night.