Aboriginal Self-Government and Economic Self-Sufficiency
The Empire Club of Canada Addresses (Toronto, Canada), 30 Jan 1992, p. 307-319
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Aboriginal Self-Government and Economic Self-Sufficiency

A review of the issue of self-government for the Aboriginal people of Canada. Differing views of Aboriginal people and non-Aboriginal people. The term "inherent" and its significance within the Aboriginal request for their "inherent right of self-government to be enshrined in the Constitution." The current and historical situation of the Aboriginal people, especially with regard to consistently high rates of social problems, record levels of teenage suicide and unacceptable unemployment levels. Recent positive reactions by all levels of government to change and opportunities within the Aboriginal communities. The burden of decades of ill treatment towards First Nation people. The obligation to make self-government work; a vested interest in their success. The support for self-government; the problem of the strength of economic underpinnings that must be in place for self-government to work. The role of the private sector. Examples of determination and achievements by the Native people of Canada. The certainty that by the year 2000, Canadian Aboriginal people should be in charge of their schooling, tax regime, police, justice and welfare. The effort required to make this happen; problems to be faced, with details and examples. Native Canadians as entrepreneurs and the typical challenges they will encounter. Important factors: education, investment capital, resource development, providing preference for Aboriginal Canadian entrepreneurs and manufacturers through government purchasing policies, taxation, the role of Canada's private sector in creating jobs. The need for support and reinforcement.