Let me be clear that I am not of First Nation descent. I have been born of cultures and beliefs that I do not know and from a land I have never been. I have only known Canada and have often wondered what she stood for, while looking for my own identity, which I believe are entwined. My children are part of the future of Brokenhead Ojibway Nation and they are the two of many children who are lost in this 'lack of culture' that my fears are that they will never know, I mean really know who they are, where they come from and the language that is spoken from their first tongue. These facts alone is the reason I feel so strongly about this issue.
Who is Canada other than a younger version of her Big brother USA? We want to have what he has, be who he is without a thought of who we are! I truly believe that Canada still has a fighting chance to regain and embrace her true identity in peace with the other Nations who live in Canada, but it will take those people from ALL Nations who are not afraid to stand up and say and shout and even scream... ENOUGH! Let's come together to heal the hurt, learn from the past and build a stronger future that is grounded in the First Nation Culture without looking at what the USA is doing or wondering what others will think. Let's pick ourselves off the streets on main and the north end and be what we are were born to be! Let's shed the cloak of shame, poverty and addiction that was thrown on us and take up the languages, beliefs and traditions of this Land. Let all nations learn, understand and embrace the First Culture of Canada!