Indian Country 52 #47 – Education and Infrastructure
“Canada’s Department of Aboriginal Affairs has been robbing Peter to pay Paul.
In this case, “Peter” is the department’s infrastructure budget and “Paul” refers to its cash-strapped social and education programs.
A new document shows Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada (AANDC) shifted half a billion dollars meant for infrastructure over a six-year period to try to cover shortfalls elsewhere.
The result? The department’s already strapped infrastructure program is starting to buckle while its social and education needs are still falling short.
“Significant reallocations from infrastructure to other programs have occurred over the past six years,” says the June 2013 document. “For example, AANDC has reallocated approximately $505 million in infrastructure dollars to social, education and other programs to try to fill the shortfall in these areas.”
– HUFFPOS Canada, Aboriginal Affairs Short Of Cash For Social Programs, Education: Doc.
“Using infrastructure money for other purposes has a real impact on aboriginal communities, said Franklin Paibomsai, chief of the Whitefish River First Nation in northern Ontario. Schools don’t get built and communities get put under boil-water advisories, he said.
“So those are the impacts. They’re real, because they really hit home. They’re bread-and-butter pieces for every community,” Paibomsai said in an interview.” – CBC News, Aboriginal Affairs short of cash for education, social programs: document.
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Indian Country 52
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