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  •  So very sorry.... (0+ / 0-)

    As I said, I agree with the statement as it pertains to the United States.  Aboriginal groups in the US have been very poorly treated.  

    But, this hasn't been my experience in the interior of B.C.

    Here I live in a town that is almost entirely on Cree land.  There are many different Cree nations (bands) here.  Some are larger than the others.  Those with more resources, horde them.  Those with few resources, are pushed to the margins of prostitution, alcohol and poverty.

    They don't even reach out to help their own people here.

    Those who avail themselves of opportunities are considered "traitors" to their race.

    I am sympathetic to people who want to live better lives and who do not have opportunities to do so.

    I have less sympathy for those who are given opportunities and reject them.

    Like it or not, we live in a world that requires we be educated to certain standards.  If you refuse to accept that and want to just sit around all day watching the clouds go buy, then you have made a choice to accept that you will have no job.

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