Aborginal Right and Welfare: The controversy

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Thomas Walkom, author of "Middle Class Fury" discusses the anguish one woman feels in regards to welfare and the single mother. Although sympathetic to the truly needy, the woman whose story is being told feels that women are robbing the government. She believes that these women are having children simply because they know that someone else will support them. These women depend on the government and make no attempts on changing their lives for the better.

The points of view expressed in both articles are quite alike in retrospect. In the first article, "Middle Class Fury", the author argues that she has felt had after working all her life, she feels like she is on a treadmill. There is no luxury in her life, she works hard, has no have children and yet there is no reward for any of it. In her mind, she sees women abusing the system, they are tax-supported and many are prostitutes.

The second article "Aboriginal Rights and Human Rights" the author, Phil Fontaine explains that much of the history of human rights violations involves peoples who have endured unsuccessful attempts to protect their lands against invaders. To them, the land is basic to their existence. The author describes that "the reality is that our people emerge from their Third World living conditions to go to the polls every five years or so, only to return -election after election- to their inferior homes, inferior education, inferior jobs, inferior health care and to other forms of systemic discrimination". The aboriginal peoples of Canada want to be free and equal, to live decent lives, to be communities with their own personality and culture, and to live in peace and with dignity with each other and the world. Although both authors have a right to their own points...