Instead of meeting with Aboriginal youth who had traveled 1,600 kilometres by foot in -50°C frigid winter temperatures to Parliament Hill, Prime Minister Harper went to an airport photo-op with two pandas.
Inspired by the Idle No More movement, 17-year-old David Kawapit Jr. and six friends left their traditional territory to travel for two months through brush, snow and frigid winter temperatures - walking from northern Quebec to Ottawa to call attention to local issues facing youth, including suicide, and fight for the future of Aboriginal people in Canada.
And instead of meeting with the walkers, Prime Minister Harper chose to leave town for an expensive photo-op with two pandas.
Canada’s Aboriginal youth face many hurdles — and this panda PR shows you the problem with this government’s priorities.
It’s outrageous that Aboriginal children and youth in Canada receive $2-3,000 less education funding each year than non-native children and youth — and need to walk 1,600km just to be heard by our government.