The problem of poverty is not racism,
just lack of citizenship

Nipawin - August 7, 2000 - By: Mario deSantis

contemptible lives of Native leaders

It was refreshing to read the letter "Money for Natives not reaching all(1)" by Virginia
Favel. Favel is not using racism as the main cause for the decadent predicament of her
people all across Canada. Instead, she contrasts the poverty claiming the lives of many
people living in reserves against the contemptible lives of Native leaders spending
money for travelling expenses to attend powwows and enter pool tournament, for
upgrading their lands, for building their mansions, and for buying whatever else to
further themselves at the expense of all other people.

nobody cares

Favel says that this cycle of corruption and abuse against humanity is endless and
she feels helpless when nobody takes any step to help out: neither the RCPM, nor
Indian Affairs, nor Human Rights officials. Favel pictures a Native environment of
deprivation and no justice, void of any democratic principles, where nobody listens,
nobody hears, nobody cares.

we must

We must care to listen to the cries of our neighbours and it is our duty of citizens to
exercise our democratic right to rally on behalf of the poor and disadvantaged. We
must listen to Virginia Favel's cry for help as we must listen to all the voices of
disenfranchised Natives of this province and across Canada.


The Native leaders' proposals for self-government to remedy the continuous
injustices against the Natives will only cause further alienation among all the
people and a further social gap between our leaders, Natives and non-Natives,
and the rest of us. The problem is that our governments have sold their souls
to the few and privileged(2) and as a consequence they have been painting a
world of phoniness(3) and economic growth(4) while in reality we experience
an ever increasing social decadence(5).

our turn as individual citizens

We cannot trust our governments to solve the problems of poverty and racism,
and therefore it is again our turn as individual citizens to re-establish democratic
value for all, Natives and non Natives(6). And in this respect, I like to quote the
simple message by Ralph Nader "To go through life as a non-citizen would be
to feel that there's nothing that you can do, that nobody's listening, that you don't
matter, but to be a citizen is to enjoy the deep satisfaction of seeing pain prevented,
misery avoided and injustice decline(7)." My hope is that we can all listen to Ralph
Nader's message and become citizens once again.


Money for Natives not reaching all, by Virginia Favel, The StarPhoenix, August 4, 2000, Readers' Opinions, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan


A World for the Few and Privileged in Saskatchewan, by Mario deSantis, February 18, 2000


Honourable Janice MacKinnon and her rolling economy in Phonyland, by Mario deSantis, May 8, 2000


Doug Elliot's indicators of economic reality are not validated, by Mario deSantis, July 21, 2000


Premier Roy Romanow: a Magician? a Saviour? a Cheater? By Mario deSantis, July 13, 2000


Asserting Human Rights by Changing Attitudes in a land for the Few and Privileged, by Mario deSantis and reviewed by James deSantis, June 19, 2000


Ralph Nader speaks out against No-Fault in Saskatchewan...Transcripts from 1998
  Today's picture shows the red flag flown on Grand Beach, (fifteen miles from the home of Phil Fontaine) which warns of dangerous conditions due to high winds, was taken yesterday.