Jun 30 2007
Canadian Native groups are protesting to “Make First Nations Poverty History”. I’m not certain whether protests will actually make employers across the country want to hire more Natives or give existing employees raises, or whether it will inspire Natives to start more of their own businesses to meet their objective.
It certainly isn’t likely to cause the feds to actually consider the Liberals’ scheme to just funnel $5.1 billion to Native communities without any method of accountability.
Still, it certainly is a laudable goal and the protests will raise visibility on an issue that is far too easy for most of the country to ignore. Canada is booming, government coffers are still overflowing and Natives certainly should be able to remedy some of their historic economic inequities. Best of luck.
But to the idiots led by Shawn Brant holding up Highway 2 in Ontario, remember: you don’t bring guns, masks, camouflage gear to a protest, at least not in this country. Put away the guns and play nice.