Trudeau government challenges decision to compensate First Nations kids | CBC News

So, you claim that this link debunks what I'm saying about revenues from Crown land, but it in fact agrees in large part with what I've said.

I'm saying it clarifies what you're talking about, and that it's not most of INAC's funding.

But how is that any different from what any other Canadian receives? I have healthcare and education paid for, as do you. In fact, my daughter's education is covered by the Provincial government at a much higher rate than kids who attend on-reserve schools. So tell me again how it's Indigenous people taking tax dollars?

You seem to be inferring a value judgment that wasn't implied, at least not intentionally. I'm not saying they're "taking" tax dollars, but INAC is funded primarily by tax dollars. Just like, as you point out, provincial healthcare and education are. "Indian Moneys" held in trust are accessible to the individual or band to whom they belong on application, and at the band level are typically used in things like capital projects; but that's not where INAC's funding comes from.

Personally, I don't care that INAC is funded by taxpayers. That's how it should be. It's an ongoing obligation for an ongoing occupation. But the insistence that it's not is inaccurate and unhelpful.

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