By Teresa Smith
A Postmedia News poll released earlier this week suggested most Canadians think aboriginals are both well-treated and well-funded by the federal government, a view not held by many aboriginal leaders who routinely grapple with poverty and social problems among their people.
“After a while you just have to shake your head and not go into despair,” said Beverly Anne Sabourin, the vice-provost for aboriginal initiatives at Lakehead University in Thunder Bay, Ont. “We have so much more work to do with our Canadian population.”
For more on the subject, see Women and Indians as Welfare Queens and Columnist Shows How Racists View Indians.
Pam Palamater has also written a response to this poll on the blog Indigenous Nationhood, available here http://indigenousnationhood.blogspot.ca/2012/07/first-nations-too-generous-funding.html?m=1
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