Originally Posted by Jake10
Life on a reservation means poverty, crime, and a lack of opportunities. Many Native Canadians voice their discontent about this, and display a desire to change things for themselves and their people. They acknowledge that the contrasts in their philosophies and capitalism stand in their way of integrating with society, but there is far more to their choice for staying on reservations. What are your comments?
The reserves attract people mainly because thats where people's family are from. You often find people with uncles and aunts, grandparents, cousins ect on the reserve so they go and stay with them occasionally. They are communities that grow and occasionally thrive although they are very different from urban Canadian society which is not unlike American urban society.
Not all reserves are poverty stricken, some do have a fishing and or hunting branch to them as many do in the northern woods. Their people have been hunting and or fishing there for generations and with a treaty they can have enough range to support a good industry.
Although crime seems to be higher on the reserves than in other areas in Canada. I have talked with people who teach on the reserves and they are advised to just take all their stuff with them when they leave, as it is assumed their trailer is getting broken into anyway. Arson also seems to be committed on the reserves more and more these days.