Ok, so let's get this straight. We need $2 billion more than $8 billion Indian Affairs spends every year, and this time we really, really are going to "dramatically" reduce poverty.
It might...as long as that $2 billion was divided up evenly and given to aboriginal people. Another government program? Don't think so.
The goal, according to one official, is to stimulate the formation of a large Native middle class.
The federal government is also talking about a so-called Marshall Plan for education -- a reference to the massive and successful U.S.-led program to rebuild a devastated Europe after the Second World War.
A federal education fund will help create regional school boards to assist on-reserve schools, which currently have no outside support to assess students or recruit teachers.
There was one bright light in this speculative story however, something we have been pursuing for a long time: native land ownership. On this they have it right.
Bands will be encouraged to take advantage of recent legislation that will allow them to move away from communal band ownership and towards the fostering of greater individual home ownership, a key source of wealth creation for most non-Native Canadians.
More freedom, fewer handouts.