August 29, 2016

We, as a couple, lived and were involved in native communities and programs to help in education and housing. We found the isolation always to be to the detriment of those communities.

Many white-washed programs for people who could only put an X on their cheques each month set them up for failure. Money does not make for success in self-esteem, education, dignity or self-worth.

The communities themselves have to take responsibility for their problems and realize that being apart from the rest of us is not acceptable.

They need to be able to go to work and get an education on the same level as the rest of us and pay taxes. Billions of dollars have been poured into communities only to see it cause more degradation than good.

Let's get off all the negativity and print some success stories, but at the same time make accountability part of the solution. Money is not the answer nor is saying "the poor First Nations."

Yes, the abuse in residential schools, etc., is a disgrace, and God must cry daily, watching the weakness of some of his shepherds and flock. But our solution is still giving more money and maintaining the segregation. Spirituality is in confusion and conflict for First Nations.

In the Year of Mercy, let us not offer pity, but do our share to pray for the betterment of society with real solutions.

Marilyn Savage
Mundare