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Martin sees 'rank discrimination' as hindering Aboriginal prospects

Thursday, September 22, 2016 @ 8:00 PM | By Ann Macaulay

The continued underfunding of indigenous education, healthcare and child welfare combined with the fallout from attempts to assimilate indigenous Canadians in residential schools has led to an indefensible situation, says former prime minister Paul Martin. “There is no way to clothe this in anything else except to admit what it is, which is rank discrimination against a segment of the Canadian population.”

After leaving politics in 2008, Martin started trying to change that situation. He founded the Martin Aboriginal Education Initiative (MAEI), seeking to improve elementary...