Re­think­ing Canada’s pri­or­i­ties

The Compass - - EDITORIAL -

What are we do­ing na­tion­wide?

Some fed­eral govern­ment fi­nan­cial fig­ures have just come out, fi­nally.

Over $30 mil­lion spent for travel costs for our re­cent refugee-im­mi­grant pro­gram, and $750,000 to date and count­ing for ho­tel bills, while some of our First Na­tions have no run­ning wa­ter or ed­u­ca­tion fa­cil­i­ties on a lot of their re­serves for lack of fund­ing.

My heart breaks for our In­dige­nous Peo­ple. They were here be­fore any of us. Doesn’t char­ity be­gin first at home?

More statis­tics; hav­ing to travel 10 hours to a gro­cery store, leav­ing home many miles away to go to high school.

Check this out. At Franklyn High School in Thun­der Bay, Ont., stu­dents from 23 First Na­tions re­serves.

All of this was on a re­cent 16x9 pro­gram on NTV.

I re­cently heard the true def­i­ni­tion of love is to pro­tect and pro­vide.

This as­pect needs to be given a pri­or­ity here at home. Be­cause of lack of ed­u­ca­tion fa­cil­i­ties, over the years, there’s a rate of only 21 per cent lit­er­acy, some of the low­est world­wide.

Also low em­ploy­ment, and high sui­cide rate that is be­com­ing epi­demic.

Th­ese are our First Na­tions. I want to em­pha­size the word ‘first’ here.

Fund­ing for their schools is 30 per cent lower then is given for other pro­vin­cial schools. Why? Look up info on King­fisher Lake re­serve to ver­ify th­ese facts. My heart breaks for our In­dige­nous Peo­ple.

They were here be­fore any of us. Doesn’t char­ity be­gin first at home?

Let’s get our pri­or­i­ties right fel­low Cana­di­ans. Re­mem­ber the say­ing you can’t see the for­est for the trees?

Well, this for­est is very vis­i­ble; all we have to do is open our eyes! Joy French-Cole­man writes from Har­bour Grace

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