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Urban reserve touches nerve with some

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When Long Plain First Nation announced Winnipeg's first urban reserve, our readers were not reserved at all in their commenting.

Win-win for the city and Long Plain. I hope to see another similar economic zone planned for the old army barracks on Kenaston Boulevard. More economic opportunities for our First Nations people will ensure a brighter future for all Canadians.

-- Paul_11

Dream on, Paul. The chiefs will be the only benefactors in these ventures. More trips and cash!

-- dennym

"Dream on Paul... " Yeah, because FN chiefs are the only political leaders who are capable of playing by their own set of rules, right? It's not like the mayor of this city, the premier of this province, the PM of this country and the president of the U.S. are dealing with any sorts of scandals of their own at this very moment, huh?

Why not just go into business like everyone else... and forget that special status... why not integrate into society as opposed to continue to be a separate entity like all the other cultures in this country.

-- backuptheboat

@backuptheboat, That's not what you agreed to in the Constitution. And now we have official government paperwork from the folks that went to your schools and lived in your community granting us this space. Not to mention the judges from your communities upholding these constitutional rights.

-- Michael Kannon

Does this mean they will gladly no longer accept taxpayer money because they want to be proud and self-sufficient?

-- Common Sense Guy

"For as long as the sun shines, grass grows and rivers flow."

That's an excellent suggestion for how long I should boycott your segregated enterprise. If you can't do business like everyone else, then you can't have my money like everyone else.

-- Grubfoot

The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else.

-- Alright

I'm glad at least we'll have another gas bar and smoke shop. Things were looking pretty grim for a while there, I remember everybody talking about a "tobacco desert."

-- Area Man

I do hope this is financially successful and paves the way for other projects. The status quo situation between First Nations peoples and non-aboriginals isn't working well for either side, in my opinion. The conditions for the average person on conventional reserves is not on par with what other Canadians enjoy, and the tax burden created to continue driving those conditions causes racism, prejudice and financial hardship. This is the right step to take and I wish it well -- for everyone's sake.

-- JetsOilWhaleNords

My father was beaten, raped and degraded in all manners at a French catholic residential school. He ran away, anglicized his name, moved the eventual family to a new all-white, English neighbourhood and integrated us. Now the third generation, my sons, are university-educated.

I remember the kids who weren't allowed to play with us.

-- shady_crew

OK, so lets get this straight, you're unhappy when our First Nations people struggle but then you're also unhappy when they make steps like this in the right direction?

-- inlp89

It bugs me that this is a great story and those involved or interested will go to this writeup, only to find all this bashing! Way to rain on our parade, people!

The WFP has the power to shut these comments down and not accept them. Doesn't the WFP know by now that any story about natives will promptly get tons of negative comments by people who are mean-spirited, rotten and jealous? PS: I will support this business!

-- tweetybird

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition May 26, 2013 A10

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