19 Dec 2013

Public Has Mixed Opinions Regarding Aboriginal Issues

HALIFAX:  In an effort to better understand the challenges faced by First Nations in Canada, Corporate Research Associates Inc. (CRA) explored opinions of Atlantic Canadians on certain aboriginal issues in its most recent Atlantic Quarterly® Survey. Results indicate that Atlantic Canadians are nearly split in terms of their opinions about whether or not First Nations or aboriginal people in Canada have been fairly treated by the Government of Canada. Atlantic Canadians are slightly more likely to agree than disagree that they support the land claims of First Nations or aboriginal people in this country. At the same time, the public in Atlantic Canada is divided that the aboriginal people have taken the appropriate actions in the pursuit of their claims with the Government of Canada.

While a clear majority of Atlantic Canadians believe that the Government of Canada needs to do more to resolve the problems faced by First Nations or aboriginal people in Canada, a significantly higher majority feel that First Nations or aboriginal people in Canada need to do more to help themselves and rely less on other Canadians. It is also clear that there is currently little appetite among Atlantic Canadians for the First Nations or aboriginal people to have the right to self-government, independent of other citizens in Canada.

“This is an important snapshot of current public opinion regarding First Nations issues, and underscores the challenges that exist for this community both in terms of making their case publicly, and gaining the support of other Canadians in their quest to address their issues with the Government of Canada,” according to Don Mills, Chairman & CEO of Corporate Research Associates Inc. “The results also reflect the need for better understanding of the issues faced by the aboriginal community, such as the issue of self-government.”

These results are part of the CRA Atlantic Quarterly®, an independent, quarterly telephone survey of Atlantic Canadians, and are based on a telephone sample of 1502 adult Atlantic Canadians, conducted from November 6 to November 30, 2013, with overall results accurate to within ± 2.5 percentage points, 95 out of 100 times.

For more information, please contact:
Don Mills, Chairman and CEO at (902) 493-3838
Margaret Brigley, President and COO at (902) 493-3830

View full media release here.

CRA Corporate Research Associates