Or to be more specific do we treat aboriginals (First Nations) as second-class citizens?
In her final report as Auditor-General, Sheila Fraser enumerates a shameful picture of life in aboriginal communties. More than half the drinking water in First Nation reserves poses a health hazard. The shortage of housing has more than doubled over the past eight years. Fewer than half the burgeoning number of aboriginal youth graduate fromhigh school, child and family services are deficient, health care is inadequate. Alcoholism and suicide rate are much higher on reserves than in the rest of the country.
An editorial in this morning’s Montreal Gazette says the “state of First Nations reserves is a national disgrace.” Other countries see this blot on our record. Canadians come forward and help other countries; isn’t it high time we helped people in our own backyards.?
Should Canadians who have the luxury of a clean and constant water supply stand idly by while there are so many other Canadians who do not?
Should our governments devote more resources to First Nations problems?
Are Canadians racist?
What do you think?