- first published 19 December 2011
- Globe and Mail
- By Lawrence Martin
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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- 27 December 2011
- Foreign Policy
- By Louise Arbour
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.