American & fleeing north?

Do your research first.


Shortly after the announcement that Donald Trump would be the United States 45th President, the website for the Canada’s citizen and immigration website crashed. In a report released by the Canadian government, it was due to an overflow of user traffic.

A victory against lethargy, but perhaps not so much for our duties as American citizens. Before we even begin investigating the inherent problems of running for cover in the face of political turbulence, why is it always Canada? The same proclamations were made by armchair political analysts when Bush was elected in 2000. Why not somewhere warmer, like the Caribbean?

I am sure that at least some of the interest in heading north stems from Canada’s ranking as the best country in the world in terms of both quality of citizenship and life.

Despite appearing to be the beacon of liberal hope, Justin Trudeau and his Canadian conglomerate appear less intent on portraying the whole picture. Just as we should heed the advice about pursuing greener pastures, we should first realize that every claimed-perfection promises to have a catch.

And Canada’s catch is this — the First Nations Reserves Communities.

A demographic that, when looked at more closely, ranks near the bottom of quality of life in the world and in some cases, is even worse than that. Based on an article from the Ottawa Citizen in 2014, it would not be inappropriate to compare the quality of life between Aboriginal Canadians and the African-American population in the United States.

Please take a quick look at these statistics before packing up your condo in Vermont. Firstly, both African-American and Aboriginal populations have high rates of heart disease, suicide, cancer, spousal abuse, mental illness, drug addiction, fetal alcohol syndrome, alcoholism and tuberculosis. Secondly, the median income for Aboriginal people living off-reserve is $22,500 while for African-American men is $31,000, but that’s only for those who were fortunate to find work in today’s economy. Thirdly, the unemployment rate for working age Aboriginal Canadians is thirteen percent, while non-aboriginal Canadians experience as much as half this statistic — an almost identical statistic can be found when examining black and white unemployment rates in the US.

The similarities end here however, as more than three times as many Aboriginal Canadians are on some form of welfare in comparison to African Americans living in the U.S. These disturbing statistics become worse as we begin to unravel the twisted history of the Canadian Indian Residential School System — a system that was determined genocidal by The Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada.

So, before you pack your bags, please do a bit of research. Every country has a messy history, especially in reference to race, some just take a bit longer to surface.

Every nation needs to clean up and atone for the mistakes of the past. The United States is no different. So, instead of fleeing, why not stick around and get to it?

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