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CONTRIBUTION · 19th March 2013
Dave B
Two Open Letters to Stephen Harper and Nathan Cullen.

I encourage everyone, if they have access, to watch on APTN tonight - We Were Children.
Shaw Direct says 8PM - APTN says 9PM
Just check it out - cable - Bell - Telus - Shaw

CityWest 10 pm Channel 58

I also encourage people to check out the website

http://www.fncaringsociety.com/our-dreams-matter-too

and

http://www.fncaringsociety.com/our-dreams-matter-too-send-letter-prime-minister-or-your-mp

and if you do write include
nathan.cullen.c2a,,,parl.gc.ca

Letter One;

THE DREAMS OF FIRST NATIONS CHILDREN MATTER TOO!

First Nations children should not have to fight for services all other Canadians enjoy. Give First Nations children the same chance to grow up safely at home, get a good education, be healthy, and proud of their cultures.

I am a non-Aboriginal, have an Aboriginal wife and children and live on reserve.

I work in the school system here, which I must say is a BC Public School system. The residents do not want a Band run school seeing the examples of such elsewhere.

There is a lack of opportunities that can be provided to the children in this remote, sparsely populated area, through a Provincial system with current cutbacks. I sometimes question how many federal dollars transferred to Provinces then on to School Districts, on behalf of First Nation students, is siphoned off for administration at all levels from Ottawa to Victoria and beyond.

The First Nation situation is not going to go away - it is not going to decrease, it is going to increase - the population of the First Nation residents of Canada is growing at a higher rate than the rest of the country's ethnic groups (exclude foreign workers). They need and are entitled to equal opportunities as the cornerstone of our economy is the resources of this country and we are just colonial opportunists.

Do what's right - the eyes of the world are upon you - we promote many "things" upon the rest of the world but do not look in the mirror!

Thank you


Letter Two

THE DREAMS OF FIRST NATIONS CHILDREN MATTER TOO!

First Nations children should not have to fight for services all other Canadians enjoy. Give First Nations children the same chance to grow up safely at home, get a good education, be healthy, and proud of their cultures.

I urge you to watch APTN's - We Were Children tonight -

As I stated in an earlier email I am non First Nation living on a remote reserve. I always felt those that live here and endured the Residential School disgrace should get over it and get on with their lives. How wrong I was - I never fully understood the ongoing results of such a foolish folly -

It impacts all they live here yet today.

It's like a genetic gene that carry's on - even though the younger generations don't fully comprehend what is impacting their lives today IT DOES!

My own father-in-law's family - when they were rounding up children like cattle - ran away to the hills to keep the family intact. He left here in Grade 3. The repercussions affected the rest of his life, not in the same way as the rest that were rounded up but in the fact that with basically no education it affected the rest of his life as to wage earning capabilities to look after his own family.

The repercussions are immense and profound.

Token money given (beads & blankets) to Residential School survivors was mis placed - there should have been a system and education as part of the settlement as to what they could do with the money - a new truck and money to the bootleggers did nothing to heal - and don't blame the individuals - they knew no better because of what they endured.

I recently was part of a bus trip to a Conference - a bus load of First Nation participants and some elders.

When we passed the old Residential School site - 900 Kms from their homeland - a few of the elders openly cried - I too cried along with them - my tears where tears of shame!

Do what's right - we all non First Nation live on the backs of not only our founding fathers as a country called Canada but on the backs of what was originally theirs as the first occupiers of the land they so dearly respect, basically the very things we carefully found ways to take out from under their feet.

Yours truly
A Pissed Off Canadian