Who would have thought that urban aboriginals are just as happy as other Canadians?
Probably any sane person.
Let’s see now. Would you be happier living in a remote, no-road-in, no-road-out, abuse-plagued, addictions-addled cesspool like the northern Ontario reserve of Attawapiskat, or in a cosmopolitan city which is rich in support resources.
The question is rhetorical, but we still have those cesspools.
According to a new study by the C. D. Howe Institute, more than half of the urban aboriginals in 11 Canadian cities said they were “very happy.”
That’s equal to the Canadian average.
While Canadians continue to be frustrated by governments pouring billions into reserves that will never be sustainable, more than half of our nation’s aboriginals now live in the city.
If a workable strategy is to be developed to deal with First Nations issues, it must include shutting down reserves that have no hope of being self-sufficient — reserves like Attawapiskat.
There is no way anyone could live in such a place and somehow find happiness.
And that’s what we all want in life.
We all want happiness.