Tuesday, April 17, 2012

With a Stratospheric Addiction Rate, First Nations Casing Around for a Cure For What Ails Them

From the Ceeb:
Mining is on the minds of many people hoping to spark the economies of northern Ontario First Nations, but some report up to 80 per cent of their population is hooked on prescription painkillers, and they’re looking to the land to bring healing before it provides riches.
“First Nations people, when we’re faced with a crisis, we need to look inward to see where the solution comes from,” said Nishnawbe Aski Nation Grand Chief Stan Beardy. “We need to reconnect our young people to the land.”...
Hate to rain on your parade, Grand Chief, but perhaps asking young people to live in squalor in remote locations reconnect to the land is not the best way to deal with your peoples' problems.

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