Canadians want results for cash: poll

Monday, July 2nd, 2012

July 1, 2012
… frustration is aimed at all levels of government, including aboriginal leadership, for an “ongoing inability to get started in modern society that exists within the aboriginal community.” … the only way out of poverty is to focus on economic development: looking at ways for the community to generate its own revenue, business plans, education and skills development… In response to the statement “Canada’s Aboriginal People receive too much support from Canadian taxpayers,” younger and more well educated respondents were less likely to agree than other age and education groups.

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Reserve kids underfunded, court decides

Thursday, April 19th, 2012

April 19, 2012
Under the Indian Act, the federal government is responsible for funding health, education, police services and child welfare on reserves, all of which fall under provincial jurisdiction off reserves… children on reserve receive 22 per cent less funding for services than those who live off reserve. That distinction was central to the government’s argument that comparing funding from two different levels of government was both “unreasonable” and nonsensical. In her decision, Mactavish said the tribunal “erred in failing to consider the significance of the government’s own adoption of provincial child-welfare standards in its programming and funding policies.”

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Children ask Harper to ‘Have a Heart’ and improve education on reserves

Wednesday, February 15th, 2012

February 15, 2012
The Have a Heart campaign aims to raise awareness about the problems facing aboriginal children in government care. It’s part of a major publicity campaign surrounding a Federal Court judicial review brought by aboriginal child-advocacy groups against a Canadian Human Rights Tribunal decision to dismiss a case against the federal government.

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Government faces Aboriginal challenge

Tuesday, February 14th, 2012

Feb. 14, 2012
Facts that could prove the federal government is discriminating against aboriginal children by underfunding child-welfare services on reserves need to be heard in court, said lawyers for the Canadian Human Rights Commission… The complaint argued the underfunding of child-welfare services on reserves leads to poverty, poor housing, substance abuse and a vast overrepresentation of aboriginal children in state care. However, the federal government argues that because it sends funds to band managers – who administer the services – the government cannot be held responsible for the services delivered.

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