Little Progress Seen in Aboriginal Economic Development

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.


Other than that

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.)

  • Raymond Hietapakka

    Native Reserves are banning troublemakers from living on their own traditional land…so…they come to Thunderless Bay, Party Central, and have been creating all sorts of social problems here.

    • dance…dancetotheradio

      Try Main Street Winnipeg with the Autopac Indians.
      I swear sometimes they want you to hit them with your car so they can get a cheque.

  • “Indigenous” peoples have two choices: (1) Celebrate outdated unusable customs, or (2) become part of the 21st century.

    Either learn how to preserve whale blubber or do brain surgery.

    You make the choice.

    It is too bad that in today’s PC intellectual environment, too many do-gooders chose to preserve blubber.

    • Chief Louie gets it it, though. One needs more guys like him.

      • dukestreet

        The chief of the Westbank band in Kelowna was good and the band council really set some very stict rules for those living on that reserve. They found oil I think and the chief did a great job negotiating for his people. The reserve my parents lived on until recently did pretty well also. There are a lot of artists living on curve lake. As always, you get some who don’t do well. Most of the people who live there work off reserve. They have the cheapest gas around and if you have a band card you pay not taxes.

        • Chiefs should act (and be treated like) mayors who advocate for their towns. This is the twenty-first century and white liberals are helping keep aboriginals poor and dependent.

  • Frances

    They should also mention that – on far too many reserves – education is not highly regarded and those students who do want to learn are often discouraged by their fellow students and the community in general.

    • dance…dancetotheradio

      Sounds like black kids getting stomped on for acting white.