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article imageLiving conditions for First Nations 'unacceptable: National chief Says

By Critical_Conformity     Feb 7, 2007 in World
First Nations people in Canada live in "Third World" conditions, with a lack of access to clean water and decent housing.
"We rank no better than a Third World country, and that is simply unacceptable. There is no good reason why our people should be as poor as they are," Phil Fontaine the National Chief for First Nations said in Toronto.
Problems include unsafe drinking water, crowded homes, high unemployment, high suicide rates, limited access to quality health care, and thousands of children being looked after by provincial child-welfare authorities.
There are boil water advisories on more than 100 reserves, with about 35 communities in crisis over lack of access to clean drinking water. As well, on average, there are more than four people in every First Nations home.
"When we start talking about the many crisis situations that exist in our communities, the response is usually: more money is not the answer," he said. "We all know more money is needed."
The Government of Canada has made millions available for Wars and tons of money for some poor- have not province then surly there must be money for the First People of Canada.
"We want to be real contributors to Canada's prosperity. We never ever wanted to be dependent on someone else. Any suggestion that we are happy with our current situation is so completely wrong."
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