A person would have to be a total git to deny conditions for native people are horrible, and not getting any better. Still, I suspect a case could be made that the "statistics" paint a race-intolerant picture. We're told, and often, that alcholism rates for FN people are X%...we're not told that they are as high or higher for non-FN people.
Poverty, unemployment, marginalization and constant erosion of self image can do terrible things to people. I think we stumble into a huge mistake if we fail to realize the horrific conditions are not an accident, but part of a centuries-old planned extirpation of a race-specified population.
Lagatta can probably speak to this better than I can but I feel if we go back to Europe, and look at the lives of the chronically poor, the neglected and overlooked, we'd find the same misery.
I don't see any active child abuse, but I see a lot of benign neglect, kids left to their own devices, kids unsupervised, kids swarming around in peer groups with nothing much for them to "do". And maybe there was a time in our mythic pastoral past when such swarms of kids could wind up at ye olde swimming hole practising and perfecting their swan dive but if that pretty picture ever existed it's gone now, swallowed by evidence of an effluent society.
What comes from the mouth of the Minister "in charge" of FN affairs is bullshit. At the rate they're creeping forward on land claims it will take six hundred years to settle the last one, at which time the entire nation will be so logged, strip-mined and polluted nobody will want it anyway. In B.C. the number of FN kids in foster care is heart breaking, and the liEbrals have cut foster benefits. FN families can hardly foster FN kids because of housing shortages so the kids wind up miles from home in totally foreign surroundings, traumatized for life.
Is that an accident? I think not.
It's so easy to say "get over it". How can anyone get over "it" when none of us are allowed to clearly state what "it" is. It is genocide, but if you say so you are deemed hysterical, unpatriotic, and seriously mentally disturbed. "It" is what was embarked upon when smallpox blankets became politically incorrect.