The Gazette has a good editorial on land use of Native reserves. I support Tom Flanagan in saying that Aboriginal property rights to their reserve land must be restored. Native policy is certainly not working for mant of our Native brothers and sisters. We need to study and allow other solutions to these problems. More in the NP and even in the Globe.
It makes good sense to study native land use
THE GAZETTE SEPTEMBER 6, 2010 4:04 AM
It's an enduring mystery: Why do some of Canada's 633 native reserves flourish, while others wallow in poverty and social problems, and still others muddle through in between? We can all hope that a new federal initiative to answer that question will lead to real improvements.
To be sure, the situations of reserves vary widely. Some are well-situated near big cities or other sources of wealth, while others are in remote unpromising regions with few resources and little infrastructure.
But the federal Indian Affairs department, refusing to accept that as the whole answer, has now undertaken a study of 65 of Canada's most successful native communities -about 10 per cent of the total. Most of these, the Globe and Mail newspaper reported, are fairly far south -that is, close to cities, where a casino, an industrial park or some other development can generate revenue.