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Old 04-13-2005, 04:30 AM   #1
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FROM: CBC NEWS ONLINE

http://www.cbc.ca/story/canada/natio...es-050411.html

Canada Ranked Low In UN Native Report

Last Updated Mon, 11 Apr 2005 18:45:37 EDT

CBC News

GENEVA - Canada's high ranking on the United Nation's human development scale
would dramatically drop if the country were judged solely on the economic and
social well-being of its First Nations people.

According to a new UN report, Canada would be placed 48th out of 174
countries if judged on those criteria.

The low position is a significant drop from Canada's usual top 10 ranking on
the UN's human development scale. Canada came in seventh in the last report
but if the conditions of native people were the only qualifiers, the country's
ranking would plummet.

"Poverty, infant mortality, unemployment, morbidity, suicide, criminal
detention, children on welfare, women victims of abuse, child prostitution, are all
much higher among aboriginal people than in any other sector of Canadian
society," said the report issued by the UN Human Rights Commission.

UN special investigator Rodolfo Stavenhagen researched the plight of Canada's
indigenous peoples on a visit to the country from May 21 to June 4, 2004, at
the invitation of the Canadian government. Stavenhagen pored over statistics
and commission reports, and spoke with Inuit leaders.

"Economic, social and human indicators of well-being, quality of life and
development are completely lower among aboriginal people than other Canadians,"
said Stavenhagen, who also warns the housing, health and suicide situation is
reaching crisis proportions.

He said the condition of aboriginal people in the country was "the most
pressing human rights issue facing Canada."

Among the problems highlighted in the report:


Poverty affects 60 per cent of aboriginal children.

The annual income of aboriginal people is "significantly lower" than other
Canadians.

Unemployment is very high among aboriginals.

20 per cent of aboriginal people have inadequate water and sewer systems.

Aboriginals make up 4.4 per cent of the Canadian population but account for
17 per cent of the people in prison.

Cases of tuberculosis are six times higher than the rest of Canada.

Life expectancy among the Inuit is 10 years lower than the rest of Canada.

Paul Meyer, Canada's ambassador to the UN in Geneva, agrees the health of
native people in Canada is "a matter of serious concern." He referred to the
recently launched Canada-Aboriginal Peoples Roundtable as the focus of efforts to
improve the lives of First Nations people.
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What it doesn' show is the class system in Canada. Those in power and their families are usually the richest or well off in each community. Most of the crime or perpetrators of abuse come from the families of those in power.
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