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Harper government heedless of state of First Nations

Midland Mirror- Letter to editor

MIDLAND – On May 12, UN special rapporteur James Anaya released a report on indigenous people in Canada. This report, for the most part, was a scathing indictment of Stephen Harper and conservative governments in general.

In his report, Mr. Anaya states “Canada faces a crisis when it comes to the situation of indigenous people.” He goes on to say that his findings show the majority of Canada’s aboriginal people live in what he terms “distressing socio-economic conditions” considering that Canada as a whole is one of the worlds most developed nations.

The report points out that “initiatives that have been taken at the federal and provincial levels to address the problems faced by indigenous people have been insufficient.”

This harsh criticism comes as no surprise. After all, the Harper government, working with the Conservative government of Alberta, has laid waste to environmental protection laws for the sole benefit of resource industries that continue to wreak havoc through contamination of the air, soil and water.

The appalling conditions in Attawapiskat and other remote First Nations communities still has not been addressed more than a year after receiving so much attention by the national media.

When it comes to self-promoting propaganda, the Harper Conservatives can find untold amounts of money, but, to ensure a native community has safe drinking water, proper housing and a decent education, there is nothing to be had but shallow promises that expire after the election.

Paul Ankcorn, Midland

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