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Monday, December 5, 2011

Tears of my people

We have seen the realities of the Attawapiskat First Nation's living condition, the life of the children of Davis inlet. This is only two of many, unfortunately. This is what happens when you make a whole race, dependent on the other, this is what happens when you "conquer" instead of respecting. This is the legacy of those who saw nothing other than savages instead of a different and enlightened people.
So who's fault is it, are we going to always blame the whiteman? Does he put gas and glue in the hands of our children, does he give out free alcohol and drugs? True, that in history he gave infected blankets as gifts, alcohol, and made war against us, but that is his sin to deal with. It is no longer ours.
Now the sin is in our own leaders, they collect their money, they use their own people for self advancement, they talk of horrors but it leads nowhere. How come?
We have to look inside ourselves, waving the blame on everyone else is not going to help us, the damages has been done, but in order to fix, we have to see what went wrong, we have to "lead" by example, we have to say, "enough".
The Warrior has to be a role model for the young, the clan mother has to take back her leadership role, the Elder has to give wisdom he or she has learned in the years of life's experiences.
In my experiences I found this to be the problems, our own uses us for advancement, to be rewarded for their deeds by the very people who care not for our health or comfort. To be fair, not all are the same, some do care, whether it is for political purpose or genuine feelings, that is for them to figure out.
In oka, in 1990, we had some of our own who actually called for the local police to attack the barricades, where women and children were. And remember, they were trying to build a golf course on sacred land, were people were buried.
In Carleton place a women's shelter is run by a native woman, and instead of working with the parent, namely me, she put another native teen on welfare. When the parent begged for help, the police were sent to threaten. Basically this person, (erin lee todd third from the right, and just for fun look on the right what she represents, #2 in the blue column,Recognize that male power is upheld by rape and sexual harassment.Is this what she judged me to be just because I was a father?), who is supposed to be wise, has an attitude that no one was allowed to criticize her. Here you can see she is the current Chair of the Social Justice and Action/Anti-racism Anti-oppression Committee. Anti racist committee, but refuses to work with parents to prevent "native teens" from ending up on welfare and a destroyed life. She has her minions like nancy green director of the local lanark county welfare office who is more than glad to co-operate with her to put more native teens on welfare.
And this is just my personal experiences with my own people, imagine for one moment, the problems we encounter as a nation. How can we advance with such disastrous leaders. Or should I say people who believe themselves to be leaders. After all my only concern was always my child, to offer her the best, but these people told her she was not worth the effort and a life of dependence was better.
I decided to investigate if this was a unique situation, and found it was not, I found many other parents with this type of problems. Example; Amanda, now 22 y old, when she was 16y old, she was pregnant, and living with mom, she did not like the house rules, decide to go to lanark county welfare, mom refused to sign for her teen daughter to be on welfare, so she was "coached" to use the word "abuse". She was explained by the worker that the parents cannot do anything once this is done. Now in her later years, she told me she lives with the shame of what she did to her mother.
Here is the question that always haunts me, "how many others did they do this too".

And those are the tears of my people. You want to help, do not sit and pity, do something, expose those who are corrupt, otherwise, what is happening will continue until, this.

"The white people, who are trying to make us over into their image, they want us to be what they call "assimilated," bringing the Indians into the mainstream and destroying our own way of life and our own cultural patterns. They believe we should be contented like those whose concept of happiness is materialistic and greedy, which is very different from our way."

"We want freedom from the white man rather than to be integrated. We don't want any part of the establishment, we want to be free to raise our children in our religion, in our ways, to be able to hunt and fish and live in peace."
"We don't want power, we don't want to be congressmen, or bankers....we want to be ourselves. We want to have our heritage, because we are the owners of this land and because we belong here."
"The white man says, there is freedom and justice for all. We have had "freedom and justice," and that is why we have been almost exterminated. We shall not forget this."
From the 1927 Grand Council of American Indians

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Love it, I wish all the people had the guts to speak out the way you do. Maybe then we would have a chance. One of the problems I always said we have is those who call themselves leaders, they sell us out, clean that up then we will be in a position to grow. As for the one that caused you pain and did you harm and your daughter, she is a perfet example of a sell out.