I am going to step into a very uncomfortable place here and try to answer your question, "Why are Canada's Indigenous Peoples the only ones who are standing up? Why are they now the world's protectors?" As a person that cares deeply for the environment and as a decedent of European heritage, I can say: "You are not." It appears to you that the indigenous people are the only ones willing to stand up because you isolate yourselves by holding tight to your people's sovereignty and shutting out the rest of the world. As an example of what I am talking about, you send me the invitation to come "watch" your pow wows but because I am not of indigenous heritage I can never fully be accepted into your circle and become one within your village. In the last 100 years how many people have immigrated into your sovereign nation? And how many have immigrated into Canada's sovereign nation? I fully understand the trials and tribulations for your nation over the last 100 years and my heart is full of sorrow for what my fellow European decedents have perpetrated upon you and I fully support your right to your own sovereignty as a nation. But if you think you are standing alone in your desire to stop the crimes against Mother Earth it is because you are choosing to stand alone. Compassion for Nature is not distinguished because of the color of our skin or the blood within our veins but deep within our souls -- souls that we all share as a gift from the Great Creator. This is difficult for me to post because I am not trying to be combative but merely point out that if you continue a dialog of "us and them" then it will always feel like the "them's" are not doing their fair share. I cry every morning when I see the crimes being committed against Mother Earth and I get up and do something about it... Do you see my tears and actions?
Tuesday, December 18, 2012 - 11:35