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Aboriginal Affairs department is part of the problem – Montreal Gazette

by NationTalk on January 11, 2012585 Views

Aboriginal Affairs department is part of the problem


The state of emergency declared by the chief of Attawapiskat has once again brought the plight of First Nations to the forefront of our collective consciousness. Prime Minister Stephen Harper has agreed to hold a Crown-First Nations gathering on Jan. 24, which Assembly of First Nations National Chief Shawn Ah-in-chut Atleo sees as an opportunity to reset the First Nations-Crown relationship. The experience of more successful First Nations in Canada suggests that a fundamental part of that reset should be to get rid of the recently renamed Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada (formerly known as the Department of Indian Affairs).

Some First Nations in Canada have been more successful than others in raising the level of well-being of their populations. But for the majority of these more successful First Nations, the Department of Indian Affairs has been, and its successor remains, one of the main impediments to their well-being.

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