Thursday, January 10, 2013
Idle No More and the Great Confusion
Well I think it's safe to say that it was quite a day in my home and native's land eh?
As if the great Ojibwa Mishipeshu of Lake Superior was thrashing its tail around and causing a great confusion.
Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence says she won't be at a meeting Friday between First Nations leaders and Prime Minister Stephen Harper because Gov. Gen. David Johnston isn't attending.
And I must admit I was a bit depressed to see the enemies of the Idle No More movement rush in to try to take advantage of the situation, by playing up divisions. Or rewriting history.
If she’d set out to deliberately provide ordinary Canadians with a glimpse of why successive governments have found it so difficult to deal with the very real problems facing Canada’s aboriginals, she couldn’t have done a better job. There is no reason on earth for the Governor General to attend a meeting at which public policy is to be discussed.
When in fact the Governor General represents the Crown, that Stephen Harper loves so much, which negotiated the original treaties, that Harper is now breaking. And Chief Spence and others have every right to demand that David Johnston be there.
If only to remind Canadians that this is a country of NATIONS. And that all deserve RESPECT.
As I see it Johnston doesn't have to take part in the discussions. But he should be there, presiding over the event, or just sitting silently on his throne.
I can even provide him with a nifty crown if he wants...
But he should be there because it's a mark of respect, symbols are important in a country still defining itself. And since 99.99999 per cent of the GG's job is symbolic, what is the bloody problem?
It all seems so small minded to me. Just another example of Canadians acting so much smaller than the big beautiful country we live in. Another massive failure of the imagination.
And then I read the flood of racist comments from the depraved bigots of this country and I was even more depressed.
Until I remembered that the Mishipeshu of Lake Superior is said to have been traced by the great Chief Shingwaukonce when he led a revolt against a group of miners who were plundering copper from the land.
And I thought that was a really good omen eh? Since the Harper Cons have now been definitively exposed as plundering the land in the name of Big Oil.
A letter obtained by Greenpeace through access to information laws and passed on to the CBC reveals the oil and gas industry was granted its request that the federal government change a series of environmental laws to advance "both economic growth and environmental performance." Within 10 months of the request, the industry had almost everything it wanted.
A new generation of warriors is now revolting.
And if there is confusion out there, it's just the confusion of change, which is a wild and wonderful thing. For have you ever seen a time when the just cause of our aboriginal brothers and sisters has received so much attention, and triggered so much discussion?
I haven't and I love it.
Tell the boring old white farts who rule this country to get an imagination, or get lost.
Tell the ghastly bigots to go jump in Lake Superior, preferably when the Mishipeshu is hungry eh?
The struggle is just beginning, but we might yet save this country. By finally understanding it.
Idle No More forever. Down with the Con regime.
Here comes the next generation...
UPDATE: Governor General agrees to ceremonial meeting. Good. A tiny step in the right direction. First Nations still teaching us how to be real Canadians.
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