July 12, 2011
Feedback - Aboriginals Need Roadmap For Success, Not Ideology
Good morning; We haven’t been of any major help to aboriginals on reserves in many such situations, far away from any sources of employment. Our government has spent billions of tax dollars keeping them on reserves, and from the lack of success in our government’s efforts, it is time to bite the bullet and do the right thing for them.
My suggestion is to shut down all the reserves, provide each family with a proper home within one of the major cities away from their reserve, give each family $50, thousand, provide some training in specific areas they may excel in and encourage them to seek employment with this integration process, otherwise leaving them on their reserves far away from possible employment opportunities will continue inevitably. They have to be integrated with other Canadians and seek employment as other Canadians have. Unless this is done, our government, as in the past will continue pouring in more tax dollars every year as they have in the past, which has been of minimal help in them improving their positions.
In support of the suggested integration process referred to, one only has to consider the millions who emigrated to our country after the 1st World War from well over 100 other countries in the world. They left their birth homelands believing their children and grandchildren would fare better in Canada. Most have and with the intermarriages that continue to this date, Canada is the envy of other countries as being the most democratic multi-cultural society in the world. Had the aboriginals followed a similar course as referred to with migrants, after signing agreements with the government of the day, the aboriginals would be truly enjoying the same benefits as those who left their homelands as referred to. It isn’t too late for the government to do so, and for the good of the First Nations’ individuals and the rest of Canada, their leadership should be after the government to consider the suggestion referred to.
With utmost sincerity.
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