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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 14, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta g W1 IRHBRIDG! HERAID Saturday, Noyembtr H, 1970 i DURING THE DOWNTOWN BUSINESSMEN'S ASSN. WINNING CANADIAN-Ccmadian singln g star Ann Murray is presented a gold record for her top-selling song "Snow Bird" from Glenn Campbell. Her record overons mil- lion copies and was No. I ori the national record charts for four weeks earlier this year. presentation was made in Hollywood. No decision on income for poor TORONTO (CP) David Croll said today the Se- Bate poverty committee has made no final decision to rec- ommend a basic allowance for every needy Canadian or a guarantied annual Income based on a negative income tax. P Shop The Downtown Merchonts, Shopper Stoppers! To make your Christmas Shopping Easy Kitsons has a full line of REVLONi PRODUCTS Perfumes ij Colognes Cosmetics Sets We even have Revlon Products for Men .___..... "Pub" and "That Man" Call 327-3772 for FREE DELIVERY I KITSONS PHARMACY LTD. McFARUND BLDG. R n K K K K IETHBRIDGE "That isn't what the commit- tee will he said in an interview. "I don't know what the committee will recom- mend." The senator, chairman of the poverty committee, was com- menting on published reports that these recommendations would be included in a final re- port to be ready next spring. Senator Croll had the same comment when asked about reports the commit- tee would recommed a wide- spread reorganization of social services with these services being administered by the prov- inces and paid for by Ottawa. He had no further comment to make on his acgry reaction ear- lier this week to what he re- garded as pressure from the government leader in the Se- nate, Senator Paul Martin, to tone down the committee re- port. "I have nothing to say that I haven't said before." JUNIORS SHOP Has been Hie leading children's wear Special- ists of the South for over 40 years, If you have children on your Christmas list, you will be sure to find just the thing to please at And remember, too fhat everything from Don Wilson's Juniors Shop is guaranteed to give satisfaction. Top quality shoos for boys one! girls by BROWN" "SAVAGE" Shop at either of DON WILSON'S convenient locations Canada's most embarrassing social dilemma-native poverty Hflf} Tit rt turns II in expenditures for every Indian, Eskimo EDMONTON (CP) The federal government has deto- nated a mllion money bomb among the country's Indians and Eskimos in a massive effort to smash Canada's most embarrassing social and moral native poverty. Indian Aflairs Minister Jean Chretien lit the fuse this spring when he unveiled a de- partmental budget Uiat works nut to almost in expen- ditures for every Indian and Eskimo in the country. Coupled with spending in other federal departments, by the provinces and through the governments of the Yukon and Northwest Territories, it appears as though Canada is investing upwards of mil- lion on its aboriginal citizens this year alone. In the current fiscal year the Indian affairs department is spending 35 times as much as in 194M7 and million more than last titanic effort in the light of budgetary penny-pinching elsewhere in the public purse- But the riddle wrapped in the poverty enigma is exactly how much of this cash filters down through government to Hie Indians, 78.5 per cent of whom are belme the govern- ment's poverty line of annual income per household. Nobody knows for sure but it looks as if most of the fiscal shrapnel from the money ex- plosion finds its way sooner or later into white pockets after faenefitting the Indians indi- rectly, at best. WANT DIRECT ACCESS On paper, Ottawa spends more on Indians on a per cap- ita basis than any provincial government is investing in its citizens, white or red. But na- tive leaders insist that most of the million is being paid by whites to other whites to look after Indans. They want direct access to all of the fed- eral government is not pre- pared to give them, though Ottawa is steadily loosening controls on economic and community development funds. This year's budgetary breakdown: million; grants to the provinces for education of In- dian children, million; of schools and transportation, mil- lion; operated Indian schools, million; and northern hous- ing, million; development, million; development, million; administra- million; including adult education, million, Native leaders tend to lump under "administration" all funds allotted to fhem but over which they have no con- almost million beng spent on education being a prime example. Using ths Indian definition rather than the department's, how much of the million goes into administration? "Seventy to 75 per replied one senior Indian af- fairs official in the Prairies who spent 15 minutes working it out wth pencil and paper. "And lhats very conserva- tive estimate. If this is true, the Indians have what they consider di- rect access to only million of the that puts food on their tables, pay cheques in their pockets, seed and cattle on reserve lands. Subtract the million in welfare payments from t his and it leaves a maximum of million in the form of pro- ductive capital, money with which the native population can manufacture its own de- cent standard of life. Walter Deiter of Regina, former chief of the National Indian Brotherhood, accuses the government of shovelling out the same old load of homi- lies in the guise of new pro- grams. "Analysis of the so-called approaches of recent years reveals a strong conti- nuity with the past: paternal- istic thinking, short-run goals, reluctance to he said. "The basic failure Is that per- sons charged witlv planning the strategy simply do not know what Is wrong. The department, said Mr. Deiler, is willing to pump mil- lions into Indian education be- cause this is a service admin- istered and provided by whites for Indians over which the Indians have little control. But the government is in- variably reluctant to hand over a few million dollars to provincial organizations or re- serves so that the Indians themselves can solve their problems. The grey haired Indians leader sad it is abundantly clear that the Indian people must lead rather than follow the department in the attack on poverty and "they must determine their own goals and methods of attaining them. Tiie roots of native poverty are embedded deeply in the Indian treaties of 100 years ago, which confined them to resulting In closed ghetto society that was by- passed and ignored until rela- tively recently by government and industry. Mr. Deiter, in a brief sub- mitted several months ago to the Senate committee on pov- erty, offered a concise analy- sis of these roots. "The decision to create a separate society had some merit, including Indian he said. "An economy of sorts took shape, a combination of subs- istence agriculture, a little hunting and fishing, casual la- boring jobs in the forest and the neighboring towns. It is the collapse of this economy that explains the deteriorating position of the Indian over the past 20 .years, the abject pov- erty of today. "By the late 1950s it was evident that the separate soci- ety could not longer survive unassisted. This was the time when Indian policy should Psychiatry institute boasts refreshing look TORONTO