Paul Martin says Ottawa has ‘no understanding’ of native issues’

Paul Martin has a keen interest in the issues raised by the Idle No More movement.

As Canada’s 21st prime minister, Martin oversaw the signing of the 2005 Kelowna Accord, which envisioned the investment of $5 billion over 10 years for education and social welfare programs for aboriginal Canadians. The project fell apart when Stephen Harper took over that year as prime minister, and cut the funding.

Since his retirement from politics, Martin has continued his work with aboriginal communities and has invested his own money in organizations such as the Martin Aboriginal Education Initiative (MAEI) and the Capital for Aboriginal Prosperity and Entrepreneurship (CAPE) fund.

He spoke with CBC News about the moral and economic imperative for Canada to heal its relationship with aboriginal peoples.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/story/2013/01/16/f-idle-no-more-paul-martin.html?cmp=rss

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