You judge a meritocracy based on how equally citizens are treated at law, not by their accomplishments. The Employment Equity Act prohitibits the kind of discriminatory business practices that you listed so the legal framework is already in place to discourage and mitigate those injustices. I'm sorry you work with idiots but it's fallacious to attribute the favouritism they enjoy by virtue of their shareholdings to society at large. That level of wealth and privilege is not something enjoyed by the majority of Canadians so it makes no sense to use them as a benchmark. Of course first nations are part of Canada. I never suggested otherwise. However when you want the right to self govern, you also have to accept the responsibility for providing basic necessities. You cannot have it both ways. The Ministry of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development determines how much each First Nation receives in funding, not the Canadian government. Further, while there are "contribution agreements" that stipulate which services are to be provided, there are no provisions dealing with service standards or results. Therefore the Canadian government has no direct say in the quality of basic necessities that are provided. I'm not sure what you expect the Canadian government to do, unless you want First Nations to cede some of their autonomy.