If we spent as much helping Indigenous kids and women coming off the reserves into cities as we spent on Syrian refugees just think of how much better their lives and our lives would have been. But of course the back yard is not as sexy as….
Now people will say in response to this by saying “Of course, it shouldn’t be either/or. We should be doing both.” I respond by saying:
Yup, but it never seems to quite work out that way. Dealing with indigenous issues in Canada requires a long attention span and requires that people don’t move on to the next trendy social cause whenever it rears its head. I was always saddened while Canadians protested apartheid in SA. Most Canadians ar unaware that the apartheid model is the Canadian reserve system. So most Canadians blythly ignored, and ignore, all the same segregation, the lack of potable water, mouldy houses etc so they could protest against the evil regime in SA. So yes we should always be doing both but….