That might have something to do with the fact that aboriginals live in northern ghettos, a good deal of their chiefs are corrupt and use of available natural resources is frowned upon.
The gaps between aboriginal people and the rest of Canada are not closing, and are widening in some cases, according to a report by a federally created group.
While some progress has been made, aboriginal people are not on track to achieve parity with the rest of Canadians by 2022 — the target date set by the board to close the gaps, the National Aboriginal Economic Development Board (NAEDB) found.
The report makes eight recommendations, many focusing on employment and skills training, and business development, rather than more social spending.
According to the report, the most striking trend is that First Nations on reserve had the worst economic outcomes for nearly all indicators, while Métis and Inuit have done slightly better, particularly in employment rates.
“What I always look at is the standard of living, which comes down to having a job,” Osoyoos Chief and NAEDB chair Clarence Louie said in an interview with CBC News.
“The unemployment rates of our people and the amount of funding that our people are getting in the education system, those numbers are not getting better.”
(Sidebar: Chief Clarence Louie is business-savvy and has made his reservation work.)