Brett Hodnett: The economic core of a failing system

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The long simmering frustrations of Aboriginal peoples in Canada are coming to a head.  Aboriginal peoples have been waiting for decades for the Canadian government to honour their treaty obligations and to address the pressing needs of many Aboriginal communities.  These frustrations have long been there, but in common with Canadian society at large, there is a growing sense that the government has become far less responsive, and that Canada’s political and economic systems are not working for yet another large segment of Canadian citizens.

Bills C-38 and C-45 were rammed through Parliament without debate and eliminated the vast majority of environmental protections in Canada, undoing decades of legislation that has protected the health and future of all Canadians. This combined with a Prime Minister who won’t even meet to listen to First Nations concerns and it’s no wonder Aboriginal people feel the need to take strong action. Although the…

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Author: Makere

A Maori/Scots New Zealander transplanted to Canada. Grandmother, academic, indigenous scholar, sometime singer, sometime activist, who cares passionately about our world.