Jonathan Kay (1968- ), National Post, 2007:
"My fix for Canada is to make life better for natives by treating them like real human beings… The most decrepit and remote reserves, such as Kashechewan and Natuashish, would simply be torn down — their inhabitants installed at government expense in population centres of the residents’ choice. The hundreds of millions of dollars that go into running these hellholes would be used to teach job skills, detox the drunks, educate the children and otherwise integrate the families into mainstream Canadian life…Natives would stay if they chose — but only if they could find the employment necessary to feed themselves: Aside from treaty-mandated entitlements and regular government social programs, they would be cut off from the dole…The conceit that native reserves can be reconceived as culturally distinct “nations” would be given up in favour of a model that promotes integration…This is a radical fix I am proposing, and I have no illusions about how wrenching the experience of cultural dislocation would be for the affected communities.
That said, it is a trauma that need only be inflicted once — as opposed to the status quo, under which every generation of reserve-resident natives suffers under our dysfunctional system afresh. Which, I ask, is the more inhumane?”