NDP to Ford: don’t scrap the Ministry of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation

20

The NDP MPP-elect for Kiiwetinoong, Sol Mamakwa, released the following statement:

“Together Ontario has made progress, and if it’s true that Doug Ford plans to dismantle and do away with the Ministry of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation (MIRR), it will have a profound negative impact on Indigenous people and the province.

MIRR has resolved long standing claims with First Nations and improved the relationships between First Nations and the province. Mr. Ford’s plan to dismantle MIRR is sending a message that the calls to action by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission will be ignored, and colonialism will be ongoing.

Today and every day in Ontario, dozens of First Nations communities are under boil water advisories or orders, and thousands of families have to guard themselves and their little ones against the unsafe water that comes from their taps. Indigenous communities often have poor access to basics like health care. And study after study shows what parents on reserve already know: First Nations schools are disadvantaged and underfunded, and Indigenous children have to overcome more barriers than non-Indigenous children – including leaving home to get their education. Devastatingly, child and youth suicide remains at epidemic levels. Too many young people can’t see hope, suffer from the damage done to generations of their families by residential schools, and don’t have enough access to mental health supports and services.

NDP Leader Andrea Horwath committed to tackle these issues head on and stop the endless delays caused by jurisdictional squabbles with a vow to fix what’s wrong and do what’s right, working government-to-government with Indigenous leaders – and sending the bill to Ottawa. That’s the hands-on approach the NDP urges Mr. Ford to take.

There are 94 calls to action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and the vast majority have not been implemented. Turning away from truth and reconciliation now is turning away not only from the thousands of Indigenous people and children in Ontario that deserve better health care and more opportunity, it’s also turning away from a better shared future for all who call Ontario home.”

20 COMMENTS

  1. No clean water? Poor living conditions? What this tax payer would like is a full, comprehensive audit done to uncover where the billions of dollars have gone that reservations receive. C’mon folks….. Something is desperately wrong with this picture. Only a fool continues the same practice expecting a different outcome.

    • It’s not tax payer money , Canadian government is in control of a 2 trillion trust fund that collects around 35 billion a year in interest but they spent it on non natives so I guess it’s tax payer money . Maybe you should be asking what they spent that money on and the fact it’s hidden from the national debt . They spent 9 billion on first nations so where’s the other 26 billion spent

    • Taxpayers dollars never touch Indigenous communities. Federal dollars that are “in trust” for Indigenous communities are “borrowed” to fund Canada’s infrastructure. 3 trillion dollars are owed to Six Nations of the Grand River Territory by the Federal Gov’t for the use of lands awarded to Six Nations called the Haldimand Land Tract of 1784!! Wab Kinew states on his uTube video that 7 million is spent annually on Indigenous everything for a population the same size as New Brunswick, and that province spends 8 million annually. So do some research and get ur facts straight!

  2. Its time to clean up Provincial government spending on consultation and ministries which are suppose to governed by the Feds. We spend too much tax money on self interest groups. Billions of tax money on power lines to no where, so large corporations can benefit from raping the land with no benefit to the coffers of the province. Road ways to breach the forests that no one will drive on , meanwhile hundreds are killed each year on inadequate northern highways, pounded by heavy laden transport trucks with cargo which should of been carried on under funded northern rail systems. Time for the non tax paying users of the tax payers infrastructure to pay up.

    • Shows how much you actually know about indigenous reserves and communities. I can tell you for a fact as someone who was never legally entitled to my status card but spent much of my life with family on a reserve that though over the years there has been improvement in basic things (ex internet access becoming available, spay and neuter clinics for the 20+ stray dogs that always seem to be roaming around, etc) however once a child graduates grade 8 they must either board with another family during the winter season or the whole family has to move for at least 4 years, anyone else who choses to stay on the island won’t see the mainland for a few months.. it’s almost literally financially impossible to live there without a car as the closest grocery store is a $50 cab ride away. I really don’t think you should be criticizing..
      Also I feel like “nontaxpayers” isn’t really an accurate description of this population as they only save like 5 or 7 percent of the 13 in taxes… so theyre still paying taxes…

  3. Would not surprise me at all if the PCs did scrap it. After all, Doug wants to bulldoze his way through Indigenous territory to get to the Ring of Fire. #FordNationDamageWatch

  4. Hawkin, That’s the dumbest thing ever that you said! Treaties were signed! Canada is about keeping promises, up holding the law, and respecting cultural differences. My big dumb friend take your big sorry ass back to the country that your relatives left to avoid the same crap you are feeding us.
    And just as a reminder your NDP Party that you so desperately support would throw you out for those intolerant comments. Do you own a Trump Hat? I would expect nothing less from a person that espouses those comments.

    • You the most IGNORANT person period!! the word DUMB is too nice for you. You obviously do not understand about paying ones fair share to cover all the luxuries Ontario gives us. How do you think the roads you drive on, the hospitals you go to, the schools that are provided, the health care system you use is paid for = our tax dollars that EVERY CITIZEN needs to pay , EVERYONE including all the Indigenous people as well. CANADA=EQUALITY=CANADA ps arce too doo doo “be sure brain is in gear before engaging mouth dumb dumb dee 2 you are a real prize #1

  5. Dave, That’s the dumbest thing ever that you said! Treaties were signed! Canada is about keeping promises, up holding the law, and respecting cultural differences. My big dumb friend take your big sorry ass back to the country that your relatives left to avoid the same crap you are feeding us.
    And just as a reminder your NDP Party that you so desperately support would throw you out for those intolerant comments. Do you own a Trump Hat? I would expect nothing less from a person that espouses those comments.

  6. It’s not a money issue per se, it’s a leadership issue as to how money is spent. There has to be more transparency to reign in the profligate spending on useless commissions, lawyers and the bloated industry of First Nations consultants.

    • Show me any Indigenous people that are starving for anything here in the Sault. They have way more handouts than the rest of us. Time for everyone else to be treated the same. We are all supposed to be treated equal. Equality is what Canada is supposed to be about. If one person does not pay tax etc then no one should. If one person gets a free college education, than so should the next. etc etc etc etc…

    • He’s looking to come up with $6 billion by cutting waste and being more efficient, so don’t be surprised if scraping or combing ministries falls under those categories

Comments are closed.