I am outraged

I just read an article which has left me absolutely outraged. Apparently the federal government has decided to enforce a 1980 policy on funding treatment for First Nations clients, bringing Alberta in line with other provinces. The end result of this is that provincial centres will no longer be paid to treat aboriginals for substance abuse.What does this mean - a whole hell of a lot ... the fact is that Edmonton's Poundmaker's Lodge Treatment Centre (a provincially funded facility just outside of Edmonton) treated about 400 aboriginal people last year with about a week wait time. They will no longer be able to treat aboriginal peoples which means that aboriginal addicts will have travel to the closest federally funded facility (on a remote reserve) which is 200-300 km north with a wait list time of 2-3 months. Hmmmm, will treatment actually be sought in these conditions one has to ask themselves? More than 50% of First Nations in this province live in urban areas and not on reserves. I would think that this will make it much harder for them to seek help. Given the fact that there is very little money doled out to inner city programing to help addiction/health issues/Hep C/HIV/homelessness and the such and given that there is a high percentage of Aboriginal with these issues, it is appalling to me that this kind of barrier is put into place. I am truly saddened, aghast and find the whole thing to be horrific. Errrgggg ... what is wrong with decision makers? I would hope that they have a good reason for this other than the fact that it is a policy that is over 20 years old and gee whiz do you think demographics may have changed in that time period? Okay, I'm done for now ...