Canada’s government, grappling with a fatal attack in a remote aboriginal town, is very concerned about the “tragic and alarming” conditions in other indigenous communities, a top official has said.
Would this be those ‘indigenous communities’ that seem to demand that everything’s the faulty of ‘the west’?
I guess the artists didn’t help as much as you thought…
Local Roman Catholic Archbishop Murray Chatlain said recent cuts to school and other services could have played a role in the tragedy, the Saskatoon StarPhoenix reported.
“I think those things need to be revisited. Our cuts sometimes end up costing more,” the paper quoted him as saying.
I’m pretty sure no-one has ever stated the reason for shooting up a school was ‘government cutbacks’, and I doubt even Bob Geldof could get a hit song out of that!
The head of a group representing 65,000 aboriginal people in northern Manitoba, which borders Saskatchewan, said the tragedy showed the need for major investments in mental health, education and the economy.
“I’m surprised it doesn’t happen more – not to this level, of course – given the despair we see,” Sheila North Wilson said in a phone interview.
Funny. When white kids shoot up a school it’s the fault of ‘the gun lobby’. Why isn’t it the fault of the gun lobby here?
Why is it the fault of ‘poverty’ and ‘inequality’?
And how is tearing down a school supposed to help with that, even if it were true..?
Town mayor Kevin Janvier and local member of parliament Georgina Jolibois suggested tearing down the school where the shooting took place “because of the trauma”.
“We are poor and ill-educated. Let’s make things harder for ourselves!” seems to be the ‘reasoning’ here. But then, I suppose that makes it easier to blame the government:
Perry Bellegarde, national chief of the Assembly of First Nations, the main political group representing the country’s aboriginal people, said that in the wake of the La Loche shootings he would put pressure on Trudeau to deliver on election promises to his community.
“It’s a travesty that this quality of life persists in this great, rich country called Canada,” Bellegarde said on Monday. “Everyone’s focused on La Loche now, saying this is not acceptable in 2016.”
“Words are easy to say … there has to be these investments now to get us to the same starting line as everyone else,” Bellegarde said.
“We’ve got 10, 12, 13 people living in a two-bedroom house. That affects everything.”
Well, why have you got that level of overcrowding? Is the government forcing it on you, somehow?
Less than half of Canada’s aboriginal people have typically voted in elections because many do not recognise the government’s sovereignty.
But anger over disproportionately high rates of violence against indigenous women, dire living conditions as well as resource development and environmental issues prompted Bellegarde to publicly urge aboriginal people to cast ballots last year.
And did they?
Or did they continue to bitch and whinge and wait for the government they seem to hate to fix all their problems for them?