Aboriginal protesters march in Idle No More rallyOne year removed from Chief Theresa Spence's hunger strike and the height of the Idle No More protests, the Fraser Institute has released a new report analyzing how much government money is spent on Aboriginal programs.
It's a lot of money.
The increase in spending on Canada’s Aboriginal peoples has been significant regardless of the source looked at. For instance, accounting for inflation, in the department of Aboriginal Affairs, spending on Canada’s Aboriginal peoples rose to almost $7.9 billion in 2011/12 from $79 million annually in 1946/47. Per First Nations person, such spending rose to $9,056 by 2011/12 from $922 per person in 1949/50. That constitutes an 882 percent rise in spending per First Nations person. In comparison, total federal program spending per person on all Canadians rose by 387 percent, to $7,316 in 2011/12 from $1,504 in 1949/50.
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