18 Jul 2012

Tribes told not to have high expectations of Govts

7:16 pm on 18 July 2012

A native American Indian leader has told a global meeting on housing that there's only much help indigenous people can expect from governments.

Chief Clarence Louie of the Osoyoos Indian Band addressed the World Indigenous Housing Conference in Vancouver last month saying tribes need to make money to re-invest in homes.

The summit was attended by a 35 strong delegation from Aotearoa, including Victoria Kingi of Nga Potiki.

She says she was struck by the chief's speech, which delivered the message that indigenous people have to start looking at what they're doing as a group, and the partnerships they need to foster.

Ms Kingi says Chief Clarence Louie made the point that it's not that governments can't help first nation populations, it's just that they won't.