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A recent public opinion poll on Aboriginal issues revealed some disturbing, but not surprising results—at least for Aboriginal people: two thirds of those polled believe that Aboriginal peoples receive too much support from Canadian taxpayers; two thirds believe that Aboriginal peoples are treated well by the federal government (74% in Saskatchewan and Manitoba); and 60% nationally believe that most of the problems faced by native peoples are brought on by themselves (76% in Saskatchewan and Manitoba). IPOS Reid, the market research company that conducted the survey, should have done another poll, one that asked a simple question: Why do the majority of Canadians know so little about their own history? The recent poll demonstrates just how ignorant and uneducated many Canadians are when it comes to understanding Aboriginal peoples, and especially understanding the meaning of Aboriginal rights.
“The Province of Buffalo was a proposal for the creation of a new Canadian province in the early 1900s. Its main proponent was Sir Frederick Haultain, the premier of the North-West Territories. However Haultain’s frosty relations with then-prime minister Sir Wilfrid Laurier did not help his cause, and the proposed province was divided into Alberta in the west, and Saskatchewan in the east in 1905.”