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CONTRIBUTION · 16th February 2013
Matriarch
Chief Dan George was asked to speak at the 100th birthday party for Canada at Empire Stadium in 1967.

"In the long hundred years since the white man came, I have seen my freedom disappear like the salmon going mysteriously out to sea,"he said.

"The white man"s strange customs, which I did not understand, pressed down upon me until I could no longer breathe.

"When I fought to protect my land and home, I was called a savage.

When I neither understood nor welcomed this way of life, I was called lazy.

When I tried to rule my people, I was stripped of my authority.

"Oh Canada, how can I celebrate with u this century, this hundred years?

Shall I thank you for the reserves that left me of my beautiful forests?

For the canned fish of my rivers?

For the loss of my pride and authority , even among my own people?"

George's speech silenced the crowd of 32,000.

Had to share this very profound speech, thank you for your time.

Chief Dan George, OC was a chief of the Tsleil-Waututh Nation, a Coast Salish band located on Burrard Inlet in North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

He was also an author, poet, and an Academy Award-nominated actor.
Born: July 24, 1899, Tsleil-Waututh First Nation
Died: September 23, 1981, Vancouver
Awards: National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominations: Academy Award for Actor in a Supporting Role.


View Original Speech Here

Listen to Chief Dan George Here
Great Actor
Comment by Dale Manson on 18th February 2013
Sad the young never got a chance to see this man's preformances ... you never see a CHIEF DAN GEORGE collection at Wally's World.