Divided Summits

Canadian assistance blamed for Indigenous peoples' division

Vladimir Torres
Published: Wednesday, 10/12/2005 12:00 am EDT

When hurricane Katrina recently devastated several southern states in the United States, many pointed to the racial divide and how African-Americans were disproportionately affected. The racial discrimination argument was quickly countered by the more accurate observation that poverty is the real issue. Similarly, whenever the living conditions of Latin America's indigenous peoples are discussed beyond ethnic and racial discrimination, the key factor is that they are the poorest of the poor in a sub-continent where the gap between the haves and have-nots is wider than anywhere else on the planet.

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