Saturday, August 18, 2007
Cowboys and Indians: Introduction
Over the next while I’m going to deliver a series of posts whose focal point is Canada and her aboriginal people. A lot has been said on this topic, and most of it caustic in nature. My goal isn’t to shout across the divide, but to speak of my personal understandings and attitudes as I’ve experienced them over the years whenever I’ve dealt with native people. I’m going to be frank and at times blunt, but keep in mind that my posts will be as much about my evolution in thinking, as about where I stand on issues today. I’m going to give a non-native perspective based on my many experiences and changes of heart over the years. Please understand that my experience is limited to Manitoba and Saskatchewan, so my perspectives may come as an affront to people from different regions of the country. In other words, I’ll be talking of what I have personally experienced. I invite comments, criticism, and observations from all. Please keep it polite. Shouting is not necessary to heard.
Why am I posting on this topic? Because I believe that frank discussion is the best way to close up the divide that often separates people of different groups. As well, I believe that the only way for Canada and her aboriginal people, is forward. Not in reverse, as some have suggested.