I don’t think there is a Canadian out there that does not have an opinion on native issues in this country.
One thing I hope we can all agree on is the status quo is not working.
We all remember what this government promised First Nations before the election, the question is, how it will be any different from failed band aid solutions of the past several generations.
The House of Commons held an emergency debate on Attawapiskat, everyone cried shame! and something must be done!
So they did what they always do; sent up a plane load of politicians, TV crews, social workers, a bag of money and promised a youth centre, (until next time).
How is that any different than the past?
Attawapiskat is asking how we can provide first class citizenship to Syrian refugees and ignore them.
Easy, Syrian refugees are in larger centres close to services and hope, not on a reserve that is only accessible by winter road or air with no means of supporting themselves.
Instead of fighting over treaties and the Indian Act, reality suggests we should be getting these people the help and services that all Canadians get.
However, no one gets services in the middle of nowhere, where life is not sustainable.
The sooner everyone realizes this, the better off the youth will be.
I’m Scott Thompson.
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