Imagine coming home one day and finding a complete set of strangers. Not only do they expect you to share everything like it’s theirs but they expect you to let them take control of your household. Now many of you may view this situation as absurd, however this is exactly what happened to the Aboriginal people of Canada 400 years ago when the European settlers came. Their traditional ways of life, culture, and religion were taken away from them. Yet the Canadian government still fails to provide proper relief efforts to Aboriginal people after 400 years. The reserves barely provide their basic necessities, their education system is struggling, there is racial inequality towards the First Nations people, and substance abuse is very present within their community. First off the government forced the Aboriginal people to live on reserves. Although it was free, no type of economy was set up, and really no planning was done. They were just forced to live in a completely new area and expected to continue on with their regular lives. Even though this was done to them when no official Canadian government was set up, our present government still fails to provide proper reserves. There aren’t proper plumbing systems, many of the community members live in makeshift tents and trailers, and a large number of their homes don’t even have proper heat or electricity (Gunn). Although it may be costly to provide proper reserves, the Canadian government is not supplying enough money considering that this is an issue for basic human needs. One way the Canadian government misuses their money is through their cadet programs. Last year, Canada spent 137 million dollars on cadet training programs alone (Theilheimer). Much of this money isn’t being put to good use because the children (ages 12-18) get paid to attend their camps. A fraction of this money could be used to provide the First Nations community with their basic necessities. Another way the Canadian...
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