The natives’ national day of protest apparently was devised to make Canadians sit up and take notice of their plight — poverty, health care, education, etc.
However, it might be far more beneficial if natives opened their books to show skeptical Canadians just where all their tax dollars are going and why natives insist they are in such a pitiful state. No one seems to know, or if they do, they’re not telling.
Even national native leader Phil Fontaine, in a CBC interview, sniffed around the numbers. He stated that of $10 billion Ottawa spends on natives, only $5.2 billion “reaches our communities” and that 10,000 people work on aboriginal affairs, at a cost of $2 billion. He didn’t mention where the other $2.8 billion went.
Accountability of native dollars apparently is hush-hush. Try getting answers from native affairs in Ottawa or even your own MP and you come out with zilch.