APTN is reporting that “Assembly of First Nations National Chief Shawn Atleo is calling on a star Conservative candidate to retract a claim that no Third World poverty exists in Canada”.
This stems from a poverty forum in which Conservative candidate Chris Alexander said that 3rd World poverty is non-existent here in Canada (see here).
Atleo should be careful who he is pointing his finger at for native poverty on reserves as more people might just start looking at who is “filling their pockets with the share of the $7B” a year spent by Indians and Northern Affairs Canada.
That quote about the $7B came from a very prominent Liberal and “star” candidate currently running in Alberta who also had all this to say about the money spent on the “native industry”:
- “I saw the callous disregard some chiefs had for their people”
- “I was particularly galled by the Reverend Dr. Chief John Snow, the long-serving Stoney chief, who did not appear to be the least bit interested in the well-being of his people” “People were afraid to talk to me, afraid to say anything because of “repercussions.”
- “The federal government extracts $7-billion annually from the Canadian taxpayer and dumps it into the black hole of INAC (Indian & Northern Affairs Canada), where it gets sucked up by civil servants, consultants, lawyers and Indian chiefs who squander it with impunity, while on-reserve education is usually substandard, medical care and addictions counselling are lacking, child welfare funding is inadequate, and everything is subject to the vagaries of political interference”
- “Why doesn’t someone put an end to it? Because dysfunctional Indians are an industry from which too many people make too much money. Actually healing the native population would be like killing the goose that laid the golden egg for all of those civil servants, consultants, lawyers and Indian chiefs who are filling their pockets with their share of the $7-billion”
- “I would dissolve INAC and repeal the Indian Act. I would terminate funding to the Assembly of First Nations. In my view, the AFN is a chiefs club that looks after chiefs, many of whom just look after themselves and do very little for the poor and the children of their reserves” (see here)
Back to you Chief Atleo…