Tuesday, March 16, 2010
The numbers are telling and chilling and unavoidable.
Among Indians 25 to 64 years of age, 38 per cent have failed to complete high school. For non-aboriginals, the figure is 15 per cent. Only three per cent of registered Indians have a university degree, compared to 18 per cent for the general population.
The system that has been in place for some time now doesn't work.
The "system" is that Ottawa gives band councils the cash and the local bands, rife with corruption and nepotism, dispense the funds.
Except that nobody knows how, where or when.
Calvin Helin, a Vancouver aboriginal lawyer and author, says its way past time to change "the system" and get the money where it needs to be - in the hands of the future students.
In addition to being part of the news story quoted above, Mr. Helin is the co-author of an editorial on the subject.
It's your money and our future.
Posted by David Berner at 8:55 AM