For more than a decade, the Canadian Taxpayers Federation has advocated for private property rights on Canada's native reserves as a way to reduce poverty. Most of the past decade, the CTF has been ridiculed by Indian industry elites.
It would appear, in some parts of the country, there is a growing interest in the concept of homeownership. Check out this Manitoba native community that has discovered homeownership brings with it pride of ownership.
Here's my favorite quote:
- Cecilia Ross, who owns her own home on the reserve, says homeowners feel better about themselves, compared with band members who live in housing provided by the reserve.
"When you own your own house, you maintain it. You don't wait until there's big holes in the walls – you fix it right away," she said. "You've got goals, you know – like my door, I have to change it this year. And that's why you work."
Couldn't have said it better myself.