Letter of the Day: First Nations hardly get ‘free ride’ – Saskatoon StarPhoenix
People afraid of the truth tend to be more aggressive than those looking from a variety of viewpoints. Listening to reactions to the protests, some are truly afraid to expose the ugly truth of systemic racism. Made in Canada racism. Around these parts, it’s common to hear how First Nations peoples are getting a free ride on the hard working dime of the rest of us.
It was only recently that First Nations people were allowed to leave the reserve without permission. Most reserves offer minimal services at best, limited, if any, medical support, poor housing, few employment opportunities and underfunded schools. Those who do choose to leave the reserve face constant discrimination in their daily lives, including housing and employment.
First Nations people represent the poorest of the poor in our affluent society. First Nations people are incarcerated at overrepresented numbers, in large part as a consequence of poverty and as second generation residential school survivors. They are at the bottom of virtually every social determinant of health. And yet some still claim First Nations people are getting a free ride.
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