Making Peace Vigil

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NATIONAL ABORIGINAL DAY

Posted by strattof on June 21, 2010

Monday June 21st is National Aboriginal Day. First celebrated in 1996, it is a day for all Canadians to recognize the cultures of First Nations, Métis, and Inuit peoples and their contributions to Canadian society.

National Aboriginal Day is also a good time to think about the dismal and ongoing legacy of colonialism and racism here in Saskatchewan and across Canada. Here are 7 questions that need to be answered.

1

Why do First Nations children who attend school on reserves receive 30% less funding for education than other Canadian children?

2

Why is the federal government not funding First Nations child welfare agencies at the same level as provincial services?

3

Why is 1 child in every 4 First Nations children growing up in poverty?

4

Why is the homicide rate for Aboriginal women 7 times higher than that for other Canadian women?

5

Why is the rate of tuberculosis among Aboriginal peoples in Canada 31 times higher than among the non-Aboriginal population?

6

Why are there over 800 unresolved land claims in Canada?

7

Why has the Canadian government refused to sign the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples?

Write the Minister of Indian and Northern Affairs, Chuck Strahl, and ask him to answer these questions: Minister@ainc-inac.gc.caDear Mr. Strahl

I would appreciate it if you could give me an answer to the following questions:

1)

2)

I look forward to hearing from you.

Yours sincerely

MAKING PEACE VIGIL June 17 2010 

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