I live in a country filled with paradoxes. Canada is one of the best places to live in the world, our people in general are happy, enjoy freedoms that much of the world wishes for, and basically just have good lives. Yet our indigenous population lives in worse than Third World conditions in many communities, suffer from substance abuse at levels that are simply unfathomable, have extremely high suicide and abuse rates and poverty at a level that is horrific.

That’s one paradox.

Canada does more to help refugees than almost every other country, we have spent MILLIONS approaching billions on assisting refugees from other countries. The same country nickle and dimes Indians on almost everything. They spend more on administration of Indian money than on actual Indian money. They often give Indian nations budgets that are simply not sustainable. They spend less per capita on education for Indian children and far less on infrastructure in native communities.

That’s another paradox

Canada is a country that prides itself on being egalitarian and unbiased but more Indians per capita are in jail than any other ethnicity. More Indian children are “in the system” than any other ethnicity.

Canada is a country where a Jewish family was attacked in downtown Calgary BY A MOB of Muslim terror supporters and even though there is video of it, only 5 people were ever charged, and with common assault, not a hate crime. The penalty they paid for a cowardly mob assault where people were heard yelling “kill the Jews” was a 450 dollar fine and some HOMEWORK. One of them was already on probation for a weapons offense, but guess what? It wasn’t even brought up in sentencing. Canada is a country where recently a man was convicted of an anti-Muslim hate crime for writing “No more Muslims” on some bus benches. The Crown is asking for 6 months in jail. So basically if you physically attack Jews, you get a small fine, if you hurt a Muslim’s feelings you get actual jail time.

I am not saying that anti-Muslim bigotry is ok, but I am gonna say that this is beyond ridiculous.

How did we end up here? It’s yet another paradox.

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A member of the indigenous Metis people, Ryan grew up in the far north of Alberta, Canada with no power nor running water. Ryan was unsure if his real name was "Go get water!" or "Go get wood!" In his free time, Ryan plays Canadian Rules Football , reads books, does advocacy work for indigenous people and does not live in an Igloo.