To the Editor,
Disparaging remarks about First Nations people in a letter to the editor that was published (and then apologetically retracted) by a Vancouver Island newspaper ignited an anger-fuelled controversy that swept across Canada like a wind-driven prairie fire. Inappropriate words and misdirected anger can both have unpredictable consequences.
The Idle No More movement needs to harness the untapped energy and goodwill that exists in Canada.
The movement is in dire need of an inspirational leader with the charisma, wisdom and integrity of a Nelson Mandela or a Martin Luther King Jr. Someone who can unite fragmented bands, establish common goals and articulate a coherent action plan.
Effective and sustained political pressure will be necessary to create fundamental change.
First Nations people can improve their future prospects by joining together to help each other and by sharing their knowledge, skills, compassion and dreams. They must also hold their leaders accountable.
Every child needs positive role models, ones they can relate to.