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Native issues not a concern for most Canadians

Most Canadians do not consider improving the quality of life of Natives to be a high priority for the federal government, according to a new survey from the Centre for Research and Information on Canada.

Among more than 3,000 people surveyed, only 29 percent said Native issues were a priority. The only issue receiving less support was giving more money to the country's big cities.

According to the survey, nearly half of all Canadians believe the situation of Native Canadians is about the same or better than that of other Canadians. But studies show Natives suffer from disease, suicide and poverty and rates higher than the general population.

Get the Story:
Aboriginal concerns a low priority: survey (CBC 11/22)

Get the Survey:
New Findings on Canadians' Attitudes to Improving Aboriginal Quality of Life (November 2004)

Relevant Links:
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