Post by EricÂ©
Dave Smith wrote...
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'Justin Trudeau's UN Speech Outlines Canada's 'Humiliation' Of
Indigenous Peoples' 'He even referred to the international
condemnation Canada has received.'
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Of course almost everytime he starts spewing platitudes, reality
comes along to bite him on the ass...
"Ottawa says health programs for Indigenous peoples have 'room
for review' but is making no promises to halt a court case that
has cost taxpayers $110,000 and counting - all to avoid paying a
$6,000 bill for a teen?s braces.
Jane Philpott, the former health minister recently appointed
minister of Indigenous services, said through a spokesperson
that 'unacceptable' social and economic gaps facing Indigenous
peoples, including health care, were the motivations in the
establishment of her department.
Well it sucks doesn't it. If you live out in the middle of nowhere
there may not be facilities nearby.
Post by EricÂ©
But the statement from Philpott's office Friday was silent on
the specific case that has raised the ire of critics, who say
Ottawa is wasting tax dollars and falling down on its
responsibility to look after the health of Indigenous children,
all in a bid to avoid paying for a child's orthodontic
Good. It could set a precedent. Apparently Health Canada
dismissed her application because her condition was not serious
enough. If they pay for her braces they could end up having to foot
the bill for thousands of others. I have known lots of people who
wore braces at some point and they had to pay for them themselves.
Umm it wouldn't set a precedent, in that any other kids/parents could
still sue on the same grounds. Legal precedents affect decisions,
not admissability, afaik.
It would be a precedent because those others who would be able to sue
would look back on the decision from his one and point out that the
government had paid in this case. The alternative would be for the
government to say that they aren't going to pay those future claims and
they did not in this case. Then people would realize a suit would be a
waste of time and money.
Post by EricÂ©
And this is part of a pattern of ongoing abuses. The gov't is
desperate to show their humility re old abuses (by spending billions
of taxpayer dollars) yet they continue with the same behaviour.
Beneath the public rhetoric the gov't continues to fight tooth & nail
against reform. They are fighting against native women who lost
their status because they married a non-native man; they are doing
little or nothing to address the potable water issue on reserves
which is their sole responsibility, and they've spent hundreds of
thousands of taxpayer dollars fighting an order by the Canadian Human
Rights Commission that they treat native kids equally with
I don't understand why the federal government is obligated to provide
drinking water on reserves. They are remote, rural communities. Millions
of Canadians live on rural properties where they have to make their own
arrangements. They have wells dug or they have cisterns to collect rain
water or have it trucked in. Cities and towns have municipal water
which is funded through charges for usage and taxes. Residential land
development involves the installation on water mains and sewers.
I am curious about how they calculate the amount paid for education for
native kids compared to that paid for the rest of Canadian children.
There is a formula for government funding for school boards based on the
number of children and their attendance. The dropout rate for native
students is four times higher than the national average. If they
aren't in school there isn't or should not be funded, and cost per
student stats should only include those that are actually in school.
You cannot expect complete educational facilities in every school. Many
of them are small reservations with just a few hundred people and there
are not enough high school students in the area to justify a school
building and staff. They are sent to larger cities and the government
picks up the bill for transportation and accommodation.