NDP Promises Billions For Aboriginal Education

More money!

An emotional Tom Mulcair promised to form a nation-to-nation relationship with aboriginal peoples as he unveiled Wednesday the indigenous plank of his platform.

In one of the centrepieces of the NDP’s plan, Mulcair committed to removing the two per cent cap on annual federal funding increases for reserve programs and services.

He also committed $4.8 billion over eight years for aboriginal education — the first $1.8 billion to flow over the next four years with the rest to follow in a second mandate.

If the NDP wins government on Oct. 19, Mulcair said his success as a prime minister would be measured by progress for First Nations.

“I’ve said to you there’s no issue on which I’ve held more meetings,” Mulcair said at a forum hosted Wednesday by the Assembly of First Nations in Enoch, Alta.

“I would dare say to you that in fact, I’ve held more meetings on First Nations, Inuit and Metis questions across the country than all other issues combined.”

Mulcair said aboriginal issues have been a “top priority” for him because he believes the future of the country depends on improving conditions in indigenous communities.

“We can’t keep going at it this way,” he said. “It’s fruitless, it brings us down a path to failure if we continue with what the Conservatives and Liberals have done for 148 years.”


  • Drunk_by_Noon

    I always wondered how the Canadians could hinge their heads that way when they talk.
    How do you guys do that?

    • lolwut?

      Maple syrup

    • Clink9

      Give us more money and we’ll tell you.

      • David

        you some smart guy, there I said it.

    • Magic.

      • Drunk_by_Noon

        I tried to talk that way once, but I threw my neck out.

        • It takes practice.

          • Drunk_by_Noon

            Probably similar to remembering to say “eh” to signal to the listener that you are ending a sentence?
            Like totally, dude, eh?

          • Clink9

            It’s our version of the ghey lisp. In the club.

          • Drunk_by_Noon

            Secret handshake, eh? 🙂

          • True story: I was visiting a friend in Houston. Her cousin knew I was from Canada simply because of how I pronounced my vowels. I’d never thought of it before but that was what pointed me out.

          • Drunk_by_Noon

            People from Houston have no room to speak.
            Until you say “eh”, most Americans will never pick up on the fact that you are Canadian. You have to say it a bunch then it clicks in our head “hey, this person’s different”.
            I can’t tell the difference between a Canadian accent and a Minnesota accent. Maybe Canadians can tell the difference.
            Then again, Brits, Aussies, and Irish all sound the same to most of us too.

          • This guy did.


          • dance…dancetotheradio

            In de Maples dey hab eben more dipprent bowels.

          • Loose vowels.

          • El Martyachi

            It’s a thing

          • Loose vowels?

            So I’ve heard. 🙂

          • Alain

            One of my sons who works and lives in southern California experiences the same thing. It is the vowels that give you away.

          • It’s true.

            I guess one does not think of it.

          • dance…dancetotheradio

            Eh, is a lot less prevalent than you’d think.
            Drives me nuts when Americans say, ‘He was pissed!’
            Like, fuck, what happened to ‘pissed off’?

          • Drunk_by_Noon

            We only use “pissed off” in formal settings such as weddings and parole hearings.
            You Canadians are so proper!

          • dance…dancetotheradio

            And we only say ahbowwwt when auditioning for the lead in the local church presentation of the play Sling Blade.
            That doesn’t happen very often because our favourite past time is perfecting our impressions of Brando screaming ‘Stella!’

    • Not going to work – the Indians will be too drunk to vote for Tommy. They do it every time.

  • ed

    “Darwin” classed the aboriginal and the negro as a sub-species yet to evolve from the stone age so only time not money will work

  • Denis

    as the father of someone who taught aboriginals all I can say is you have to change their attitude if you want them to learn.

    • AmicusC

      something about leading a horse to water me thinks

    • Clausewitz

      As someone who taught native Canadians, you’re right.

  • ntt1

    That foolishness pretty much guarantees Tommie the commy a place back in the high teens popular vote just like the Broadbent years.
    Most Canadians I talk to have had enough Indian money grubbing ,it along with respecting terrorists ,will cost the left the prize once again

  • The Butterfly

    No representation without taxation!

  • Frances

    Sadly, there is no point in throwing more money at aboriginal education until parents and students indicate they are interested in having the students learn and prosper. As long as aboriginal children are called “apples” when they show any interest in learning, and the community doesn’t contradict this name-calling, the money will be just wasted.

    • David Murrell

      Apples, Clausewitz, Frances: your moments are spot on. There is atrong anti-intellectualism within the aboriginal and black communities that hurts them.

  • canminuteman

    I have a suggestion. If we built big centralized schools, we could gather all the native kids from their tiny remote stone age villages and we would then have the resources to give them a decent education. We could teach them English so that they have a chance to function in the moderns world and we could give the smart ones who want to further their education grants so that they could go to university without any of the stress on their families that other Canadian kids have to deal with. We could then give them preferential treatment so that they have a chance to get into well paying professional civil service jobs. This would go a long way in making natives productive members of the modern world, wouldn’t it……..?

    • Rosenmops

      I’m sure whoever thought up the residential schools was a social justice warrior of their time.

      • Drunk_by_Noon

        Maybe, maybe not, but that doesn’t mean that it was not a good idea.

        Were I the “Canadian Overlord of all Indians” (I think that’s the official title) I’d just have as much food and hard alcohol delivered in whatever quantities are desired to their houses twice a week and wait for the problem to go away.

    • David

      you forgot about tax free, it’s all gotta be tax free.

  • Martin B

    “I’ve said to you there’s no issue on which I’ve held more meetings”

    More meetings with Mad Tom will solve all of Canada’s issues. Hooray!

  • mauser 98

    Assembly of First Nations should start wearing Burkas .. get some real dough$$

  • V10_Rob

    The Makwa Sahgaiehcan fire stands in my mind as the perfect embodiment of current native affairs. Two kids died because the band couldn’t be bothered to either maintain their own fire truck (left derelict in the bush so the firehall could be converted to a basketball court), or pay their bill to their neighbouring community of Loon Lake for firefighter coverage. Had nothing to do with their ability to pay; the government sent the band money specifically earmarked for fire protection. And as soon as it became clear it wasn’t whitey’s fault, the media coverage vanished.

    I’m sick of hearing the same song about racist white Canadians keeping the red man down, year after year, emergency after emergency, caused by corrupt band council after corrupt band council.

    Want to solve this, Tom? Really solve it? I got no problem if we spend the money to end first nations poverty and ignorance, so long as the problem is solved permanently, not bandaged over for a year. And a key part of that is natives themselves wanting to change they way their reserves are run.

    When you’re ready, we’ll be waiting, and we’ll throw lots of resources at it. But until you’re serious, **** off and stop wasting our time and money.

    • dance…dancetotheradio

      The media coverage vanished.
      I know.
      You know who should vanish?
      Pantywaist Mayor Bowman of Winnipeg.

  • El Martyachi

    I only ever taught kids swimming. IIRC there weren’t any “aboriginals”, or, if there were, I didn’t notice and it wouldn’tve mattered anyhow.

    For a while, maybe a year, I did teach adults though (uh… not swimming). The best student I ever had was a native guy. He was total rez->north end Winnipeg material.. crude green tattoos, fighting scars, etc. The guy did everything right. If he ever landed a job, whoever got him got huge value.

  • Edubeat

    More smoke shacks on reservations is the only answer