Locals to take message to Vic.

Local residents to go to Victoria to perform a copper cutting ceremony.

Dear editor,

It has been scarcely 150 years since the proclamation of British Columbia. In this short period of time the First Nations of this province have endured near annihilation and a cultural genocide unprecedented in the annals of human history.

In making this brutally honest statement I find myself not embittered with anger but, rather, absorbed in the daily struggle of survival and the healing process of sorting this out.

In our efforts to understand we find ourselves in the same predicament as our fellow man; discovering that no matter who, what or where we are we are subject to issues that effect us all.

Depleted fish stocks, dying oceans, polluted water ways and atmosphere, melting ice caps, disappearing old growth forests and contaminated soil, economic systems negligent to ecology; a political system insensitive to our basic needs — neglecting equal rights for proper healthcare, housing, education and opportunity, leaving us in poverty, homelessness, social assistance, etc.

In view of all this, there are those who are well aware of the connectedness of these matters, who can sense the changes taking place and bear witness to a new age of hope and consciousness — a time when responsibility falls clearly into our own laps and where, perhaps, “human dignity” may be restored to us who have been supressed and subdued to submission. We must rise above corruption, untwisting our values to show us a better way.

It is time to take action — idle no more!

So, in the spirit of cultural preservation my families and I will embark Feb. 2 on a journey from our homelands on the northern tip of Vancouver Island to the legislature building of B.C. in Victoria. We will conduct a copper cutting ceremony, breaking the chains that bind us, freeing our hands so that we may create a better future for our children.

No matter age, race or location — each one of us has a part to play and only together we shall rise as one. Please join us.

Beau Dick and family

Alert Bay

 

Just Posted

Strong winds expected to hit north, west Vancouver Island: Environment Canada

Environment Canada said southeast winds will reach speeds of 70 to 90 kilometres per hour

Town of Port McNeill hesitates on replacing harbour’s dock and ramp

“The danger is the longer we hold on to awarding the bid, the closer we get to the tourist season”

It’s the last day to vote in B.C.’s referendum on electoral reform

Ballots must now be dropped off in person to meet the deadline of 4:30 p.m.

Property assessments to rise again on Vancouver Island

Some areas could see their assessments spike as much as 20 per cent

Firefighters douse van fire in Storey’s Beach area

Port Hardy Fire Rescue has since put out the van on fire late last evening.

VIDEO: This B.C. school leads country in vaccine donations to UNICEF

Federally funded Kids Boost Immunity uses quizzes to earn vaccinations

Small quake recorded west of Vancouver Island

No injuries or tsunami warning after 5.4 rumble felt some 400 kilometres from Victoria

B.C. suspends Chinese portion of Asian forestry trade mission due to Huawei arrest

Huawei’s chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou was detained at the request of U.S. in Vancouver

Canadians spent $1.7 billion dollars online in December 2017

Online retail sales accounted for 3.4 per cent of total retail sales

2-year investigations nets $900,000 in refunds for payday loan customers

Consumer Protection BC says selling practices were ‘aggressive and deceptive’

China: Canada’s detention of Huawei exec ‘vile in nature’

Huawei is the biggest global supplier of network gear for phone and internet company

Upset student causes safety plan to be enacted at Island Elementary School

Child’s behaviour results in students being held in classrooms until order restored

1 of 2 B.C. men wanted in connection to home invasion, explosives in custody

Cameron Cole is charged with two counts of possessing an improvised explosive device

Judge rules private landowners can’t block public access to B.C. lake

The Nicola Valley ranch’s position was that it owned Stoney Lake and Minnie Lake

Most Read