17 October 2006

Institutionalised Racism in Canada?

Or you could just as easily conclude that the present incarnation of a closed off aboriginal society just doesn't work.
Sapers pointed to statistics that show the total number of people incarcerated in federal institutions went down by 12 per cent between 1996 and 2004. But the number of native inmates increased 21 per cent in the same period.

The figures were even more dramatic for native women, whose numbers rose by a startling 74 per cent.

Just as troubling, said Sapers, is the fact that four in 10 natives behind bars are aged 25 or under, reflecting the frequency with which young aboriginals run afoul of the law.
Ah, screw it, let's just blame the wily white man.