So the leadership of the Assembly of First Nations says the Harper Conservatives are bad for aboriginals, that they do nothing for them. Mulcair and Trudeau agree. But what are the facts?
I get why some chiefs don't like Harper. He wants them to be more transparent about how they spend all the money we send them.
But the Harper government also passed the bill that gives women on reserve the same rights as women in the rest of Canada when it comes to the matrimonial home and real property.
And what about land claims?
Did you know that of all the claims settled between 1973 and 2014, 28% of them were settled between 2007 and 2014. That’s right, in a 41 year period, 108 claims were settled vs 282 in the 34 previous years.
Now why do I use 1973 as a reference date?
Because that's when Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau set up the process.
Harper streamlined the system in 2007. Hence the sudden jump in the number of settlements.
Many of these chiefs are grievance mongers.
They can’t complain about the slow pace on land claims when he is speeding it up.
So they complain that he won’t call an inquiry in to missing and murdered aboriginal women, even though an inquiry won’t bring a single person to justice, won’t result in a single charge being laid.
Harper isn't perfect, but saying he's done nothing for Canada's First Nations people doesn't line up with his record.
So much for "truth and reconciliation."
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