More reason, as if we need any, to be pissed off at the Harper government: Harper's disregard for aboriginal health excerpt:
When governments make a decision that is stupid, embarrassing, overly partisan, or risks causing an outcry, they tend to do so late in the day and late in the week, preferably on the eve of a holiday long weekend, when citizens - and journalists - aren't paying much attention.
So, late Thursday, the government of Stephen Harper dropped this bombshell, as related in a brief announcement posted on the web site of the National Aboriginal Health Organization: "NAHO funding has been cut by Health Canada. It is with sadness that NAHO will wind down by June 30, 2012."
This travesty of public policy only came to light because of feisty publications like Windspeaker and Nunatsiaq News.
Founded in 2000, NAHO oversaw many research and outreach programs, in crucial fields such as suicide prevention, tobacco cessation, housing and midwifery. It collected an invaluable series of audio and video interviews with elders recounting traditional tales and knowledge. The group also published the Journal of Aboriginal Health and was home to one of the best collections of aboriginal health research in the world.
There are many political and policy differences among aboriginal groups, but NAHO managed to bring them together at one table, with a common purpose, improving the health of the unhealthiest, most disenfranchised people in the country. It wasn't always smooth sailing, but it was an achievement in itself.
We are destroying this asset for what reason exactly? To save a few bucks?
NAHO received $4,955,865 from Health Canada last year.
In the world of $25-billion (and counting) fighter jet contracts, that's a pittance. And what does it say about the federal government's priorities?
(the rest of the article is worth reading)