Lost in the fuss as governments of British Columbia and Canada act to expropriate rights and lands of the Wet’suwet’en people is a sad situation that already gave proof to what should be Canada’s greatest shame.
Indigenous people in Canada make up about five per cent of the country’s population.
And yet, according to a new report by the Correctional Investigator of Canada, more than 30 per cent of people in federal custody are Indigenous.
That’s up from 25 per cent just four years ago — and has the investigator, Ivan Zinger, calling the “indigenization” of Canada’s correctional system a national travesty...
Another alarming number is 42 per cent of the female population in this system is Indigenous at this point…
In many ways, we can take the profile of the prison population and use it as a barometer to gauge the success or failure of our broad public policies. So something is broken.
Compare the treatment of indigenous people to that of a criminal Canada has been trying to deport for 30 years:
Government reports about Kwok Chung Tam:
discussed his alleged connections to organized crime, specifically referencing police testimony that claimed Tam was a “high-level” member of the Big Circle Boys, a loan shark and a heroin trafficker.
Revenue Canada avoids prosecution of Canada’s wealthiest tax evaders to pursue “low hanging fruit” personified by more impoverished people. In the same way, people in the justice system target the poor and unrepresented. For them, the low hanging fruit is found within the indigenous communities.