AG report slams governments handling of First Nations

Lack of oversight and legislation exacerbates disparity, says Fraser

Former auditor general Sheila Fraser blasted the federal government’s handling of First Nations communities in a new report. Tabled by interim AG John Wiersema on Friday, the report reveals the basic quality of life for First Nations communities is deteriorating—education, child welfare, drinking water and housing are deemed “dramatically substandard,” the CBC reports, and reveal an significant disparity. “I am profoundly disappointed to note…that despite federal action in response to our recommendations over the years, a disproportionate number of First Nations people still lack the most basic services that other Canadians take for granted,” said Fraser. The auditor general’s office examined 16 audits over the last 10 years to see if any improvements had been made or previous commitments met, and found that little had been done to implement changes. Fraser identified a lack of legislation defining what services the government is responsible for as the chief culprit. As a result, First Nations communities are uncertain about receiving federal funding and lack the proper administrative bodies for educational and health.

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AG report slams governments handling of First Nations

  1. After her impending retirement, Sheila Fraser should accept a job working to better conditions on reserves.  I think she would be a fantastic advocate but I think she might also find that even though sometimes communities “lack the proper administrative bodies” they still don’t appreciate outsiders coming in and they fight hard to keep from having the control wrestled away.  I would never suggest that proper sewer and drinking water are not absolutely essential and should have been provided 10 years ago when the problems were pointed out.  However, the other issues become difficult if the band leaders are not on board.

  2. To be quite blunt, does the blame land solely on the shoulders of the federal gov’t, or do the First Nation Communities also have a share?

  3. Many, many Canadians struggle to make ends meet, are discriminated against, are treated horribly unfairly in our judicial system, suffer and die to protect freedom, live in very uncomfortable circumstances, and so on and so forth; yet some think the aboriginals are not capable of managing their own lives.

  4. The “Many, many Canadians” I indicated in my penultimate post are not aboriginals!

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