The unintended consequences of the war against fur have hurt the livelihoods of thousands of Canadian Natives, and have enticed them to replace their lost incomes by welcoming into unspoiled areas the oil, gas and mining interests they once opposed.
A major U.S. study concludes the most successful native reserves have effective sovereignty over their own affairs.
Major U.S. study shows that reserve communities that have higher levels of economic health tend to be those that have higher degrees of effective sovereignty.
The lack of property rights is one cause of Aboriginal poverty. This speech suggests it blocks that community from participating in the real economy.
Canada’s most persistent blight is arguably the poverty of the First Nations. A world-class disgrace, people as diverse as the Pope and Nelson Mandela have indicted it.
An important new paper points the way to the resolution of an historic blight on Canadian society – the social and economic health of our First Nations population. Aboriginals as a distinct group have not fully participated in the wider prosperity of the country whose First Citizens they compose.
In yesterday’s National Post, Matthew Coon Come, the national chief of the Assembly of First Nations, suggested Ottawa is orchestrating a conspiracy to trap native people in poverty in order to assimilate them. While Mr. Coon Come is right about the existence of a poverty trap, it is the legal structure of the Indian Act itself, not a desire to assimilate native Indians, that is to blame.