Friday, January 04, 2013
So, Harper is going to meet next week with Aboriginal chiefs, including Theresa Spence.
Maybe this time he won't just snarl about how Aboriginal people should just shut up and be grateful for all those schools and houses and social programs.
Maybe this time he will understand that politicians cannot continue to drive wedges between the peoples of Canada.
Maybe this time he will actually show some leadership toward a federal-provincial-municipal effort to develop a 2013 version of the Kelowna Accord to improve the education, employment and living conditions of Aboriginal peoples across the nation, to embrace a new partnership for shared resource development, and to inspire Canadians toward a new paradigm with Aboriginal people which would ....
Sorry, but I just don't believe Stephen Harper is capable of this kind of leadership, and neither is anyone in his cabinet.
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"Sorry, but I just don't believe Stephen Harper is capable of this kind of leadership, and neither is anyone in his cabinet." Guess what, this is not the kind of leadership most Canadians want from Harper right now. Throwing more $$ down the drain under the current systems, a la another Kelowna Accord, will do nothing to change the outcomes. It's time someone had the balls to stand up to the largest welfare system in the country and say: "No more." I'm hoping that's the kind of leadership Stephen Harper can provide.
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This is what I mean by driving wedges between Canadians.
So, anyone who recognizes the irrefutable fact that continuing to throw more and more money at the problem is a policy that has failed miserably now FOR DECADES is considered by you to be "driving wedges between Canadians"? Really, Cathy? So we should just continue to do more of what hasn't worked so far, and somehow expect a different result?
Einstein had a theory about that. He called it insanity.
Fred from BC
By 10:21 PM, at
What we are doing for Aboriginal people is NOT "throwing money at them".
We spend less per student on Aboriginal education at all levels, their housing in cities and on reserves is abysmal, social services awful. There is no economy on most reserves, which were established in the middle of nowhere on the land that no farmer wanted, which makes it virtually impossible for Aboriginal people to earn a living in their home communities. In every Western Canadian city, the discrimination in housing that Aboriginal people face forces them to live in the poorest areas of each city so their children end up going to the worst schools. Oh, I could go on and on.
But our Conservative leaders promote attitudes like yours, this idea that "white" communities "deserve" all of the government dollars spent on them for roads and sewers and running water and electrification and schools and parks and playgrounds and garbage pick up and on and on, because we pay taxes and Aboriginal people supposedly don't (though, of course, they pay just as many taxes as everybody else when they live off reserve.) And meanwhile people forget all about things like equalization payments and unemployment insurance and economic development funds and economic action plans and all the other money that has benefited the "have not" regions and provinces for years and years, while the people who benefit from those funds continue to believe that they are "paying their own way" while Aboriginal communities are just sucking at the public teat all the time.
Fred, how many federal dollars did BC get to build the facilities for the Olympics? Millions and millions, which paid for thousands of workers. Your economy did not collapse like Ontario's did in 2008-10, because of that government funding.
THAT'S what I mean by wedges. You are a perfect example of it.
Cathie, all of the outlays of government funds that you mention are different from aboriginal funding in one major way....there is an expectation of a reasonable outcome; whether newly built infrastructure, near-equal levels of government services, or families being able to support themselves through tough times. There is no way anyone can justify $90 million dollars over 5 years going into a community of 1800, and folks still living in the squalid conditions that some of them are living in. This does not count the $50+ million that Debeers has given the community, or the income being earned by the 100 community residents who work at the Debeers facility. Attawapaskat is just one example of what happens to tax dollars which are sent with no expectation of outcomes. At the very least, I hope we can come out of this whole situation with some accountability on dollars. Otherwise, I can see the rest of Canadians getting so fed up with this whole system, that we are heading to a time when there won't be any government $$ sent to aboriginals or anyone else, simply based on their race. If this common sense discussion looks like a wedge issue, then so be it......it is what it is.....call it a boondoggle, call it racist, call it a wedge issue....it doesn't change the fact that the current system is not working.
By 8:37 AM, at
On that point I think we can agree.
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Anonymous writes, "There is no way anyone can justify $90 million dollars over 5 years going into a community of 1800"
Actually, yes, someone has already done that for people who do not have all the facts.
Please read the excellent posting from http://apihtawikosisan.com/2011/11/30/dealing-with-comments-about-attawapiskat/ Harper said Attawapiskat got $90 million, where did it all go!?
The comments and responses below the linked article are some of the best dialog I've heard on the subject of aboriginal issues.
A more recent posting by the same author, âpihtawikosisân(a Métis from the Plains Cree speaking community of Lac Ste. Anne, Alberta) is titled, Idle No More: Where do we go from here? - http://apihtawikosisan.com/2012/12/26/idle-no-more-where-do-we-go-from-here/
There are solutions! Many of them were laid out in the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples. "The RCAP was established in 1991 and engaged in 178 days of public hearings, visiting 96 communities, commissioning research and consulting with experts. In 1996, the RCAP released a five volume report of findings and recommendations." - âpihtawikosisân.
A summary of the recommendations is here: http://iog.ca/sites/iog/files/rcapsum.pdf
Please, everyone, get up-to-date on the facts to counter the misguided discussions taking place.
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