Now that King Stephen Harper has agreed to a meeting with Chief Theresa Spence and a delegation of first nation leaders, I should be pleased. But really I’m not. As a matter of fact, this whole issue is beginning to leave a bad taste in my mouth. In the last week, I’ve had the displeasure of reading statuses and opinions from both aboriginals and non-aboriginals that are nothing more than racist. I’ve seen everything from “lazy Indians looking for another handout” to “take our lands back from the useless white bastards”.
a) Take a step back from the situation
b) Put on a cheap helmet
c) Go play in heavy traffic
In 21st century Canada, if you’re so narrow-minded that you are willing to publicly disrespect another person’s culture, then maybe you should really consider living somewhere else. Like it or not, we are a country made up of aboriginals and immigrants. Bill C 45 affects all of us, no matter who you are.
If good old King Stephen isn’t put in his place pretty soon, I’m guessing he’s going to Americanize everything and anything. In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if the next bill he passes declares the name of our country changed from Canada to Greater Seattle. These mega-bills he’s passing do nothing for Canada’s middle and lower class citizens, the only real beneficiaries are the corporations and the government itself. Sound familiar? Sounds like the good, old US of A.
In my opinion, it’s time for the governments to change. They need to become smaller, more streamlined and in tune to what the people themselves want. The people that elected them in the first place. There are more ways to generate tax revenue than raping the earth of its minerals and fuels. We just need to start electing people who are a little more creative, and not in the giant corporations’ back pockets. Chief Spence is willing to jeopardize her health for the benefit of her people. Would King Stephen. I doubt it….