Originally posted by JohnnyCanuck
That 's pretty easy to say when you are on the winning side of the equation, and it solves nothing.
The bulk of my benefits over FN come not from federal resources. They come from civic resources. Resources that any area in Canada is allowed to
collect from their residents.
So, what is stopping any FN Nations
from doing the same? Oh, wait, some have done it and they are doing considerably better than those that
In in a country the size and range of ours, you are writing off a vast swath outside of the temperate zone. If we want to lay claim to the far
north, for instance, we have to subsidize life there. Being Canadian is not determined by a favourable business case. Conversely, if funds are used to
hasten change from within, it is better invested.
Funny, it would appear that empirical data disagrees with you. For all of the money that the Canadian government has invested anywhere in Canada,
favourable circumstances have only occurred when it has become a favourable business case.
Northwest Territories has had billions invested by the federal government for decades. Barely any change. Diamonds are found and business' move in,
all of a sudden drastic change and growth.
Yukon. Same thing. (Gold/oil)
Alberta. Same thing. (Oil)
Saskatchewan. Same thing. (Potash/uranium/oil)
The biggest periods of growth occur during these periods because business' do what the governments (local or other wise) won't, don't, or can't.
In fact, the only two areas of Canada that haven't gone through this cycle would be the two areas of Canada that have had major business established
since before Canada was a country.
First Nations have lands set aside for their exclusive use. The poor jest is that it was land nobody else particularly wanted. Now they're
getting the shake-down for the resources, too? What you are suggesting is to just walk away from the problem, and that's what's been going on for
years. How about some constructive ideas?
I gave a very constructive idea, instead of fighting human nature, follow it. Instead of fighting cultural nature, embrace it.
Everybody wants facts
, but nobody wants to accept them because they don't fit our current ideals and morals. Facts don't care about our ideals
and morals, they never have. And, the simple fact is, some cultures survive, some don't. Throwing money at them, or artificially sustaining them
only delays the inevitable, it won't change it.
edit on 12-1-2013 by peck420 because: (no reason given)