Thursday, 29 December 2011

For first nations, more auditing is not the answer

Filed under: Human Rights,Indigenous Peoples — story spotted by Catherine Morris @ 19:13 PDT

The Conservatives have always been deeply suspicious – and it’s a suspicion shared by many Canadians – that vast amounts of public money going to Indian bands is squandered. It goes down a black hole, as the saying goes.

Liberals held the suspicion, too. I recall one of prime minister Jean Chrétien’s top advisers saying he’d heard lots of stories of band chiefs lining their pockets. The government didn’t wish to pursue the matter, he said, for fear of being labelled racist.

Leaders of the Attawapiskat First Nation are turning to the UN to ensure the government helps out with the reserve’s housing crisis. They’re angry that Ottawa responded by removing the band’s power over its finances.

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Filed under: Administrative,Books, reports, sites, blogs,News Watch Blog — story spotted by Catherine Morris @ 11:00 PDT

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Next Year’s Wars: Ten conflicts to watch in 2012

Filed under: Africa files,Human Rights,Latin America & Caribbean,Middle East,Myanmar,South Asia — story spotted by Catherine Morris @ 10:57 PDT

What conflict situations are most at risk of deteriorating further in 2012? When Foreign Policy asked the International Crisis Group to evaluate which manmade disasters could explode in the coming year, we put our heads together and came up with 10 crisis areas that warrant particular concern.

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