Frank-Speaking Chief Defends Urban Reserves

Thursday, January 25, 2007 at 12:51



A First Nations chief from B.C. says there is too much negative talk surrounding the creation of urban reserves in Canada.


Chief Clarence Louie of the Osoyoos band says he can’t believe the stereotypes that are perpetuated about the projects.


He says critics often point out the “supposed” business advantages the reserves offer First Nations people, without mentioning the poverty they’re designed to erase.


Louie says non-Native people have nothing to be scared of — except poor neighbours.


Louie adds fear-mongering is the last thing the urban reserves should be receiving.


He is one of the guest speakers at the ongoing national Aboriginal business symposium in Saskatoon.