Don’t expect any favours from Canadians. A poll conducted for the feds shows Canadians have adopted less neighourly attitudes toward the First Nations.
In Ontario, 53 per cent feel Native people are being reasonable in their land claims. But in Quebec and B.C., 67 per cent believe Natives are being unreasonable. Almost 70 per cent of Quebecers think Natives enjoy a better or equal living standard compared to non-Natives. Across the country, 47 per cent of Canadians agree. Two years ago, that figure was only 30 per cent.
The poll came out as a delegation from South Africa came to Canada to tour First Nations communities to learn about how the land-claims process is working here. Half a century ago, another South African delegation toured Canada to get ideas on how to set up apartheid.