UPDATE: I call on all those who are able to fast in support of Chief Theresa Spence in her efforts to raise awareness. Make it known you are doing this. Tell the World.
I understand the frustration many people feel regarding the Harper government’s antagonistic and destructive practices regarding the Indian Act, Environmental Protections and Treaty Relationships. I feel it, too.
But any substantial change won’t come from the government, it will come from those who elect the government.
If you are angry and demanding, or disruptive of the general public’s lives in a negative way, you have already lost.
Instead, reach out. Be patient and calm.
Find common ground.
We are all affected by these sweeping changes and that must be articulated clearly. In this, we are all allies.
Instead of demanding rights, work toward that which is right. The fairness and honouring of Treaties you seek will follow.
Involve your fellow Canadian, American, your fellow World Citizen. They are good. They are helpers. Don’t let the horrible and sometimes racist remarks in online comments sections cloud your vision. Most people are good people. That’s just the truth.
And they want to do good things, they just don’t always know how. They don’t want to tread where they are not welcome.
Help them feel welcome. Make friends. Be giving, forgiving and kind.
Anger hasn’t worked the past 100 years. All victories have been legal victories: talking things out.
Take a stand, join a rally, be heard.
But remember: to be respected, you must respect first.
Now, I know, that’s a tough pill to swallow for people who have faced disrespect in every corner. As if I don’t know. I’ve been detained, arrested, profiled, faced racism and prejudice too.
Don’t let life intimidate you from doing the right thing.
Always do the right thing. Even you miss the mark, get back up and try.
The difference I see about these recent actions, about Idle No More, and Theresa Spence (who is on Day 6 of her hunger strike at the time I write this), and all the great women leaders who are taking the time to educate all of us is this:
It is the women who are standing up. It’s the women who are leading.
The Fire Keepers are rising.
They are reminding us of who we are, of what civilization and culture mean.
They are directing our energy in positive ways.
They are reminding us of the Great Law of Peace.
Follow their lead.
If you are wondering what happens Dec 21, 2012, it’s the start of a Global Awakening led by Canada’s Indigenous and all willing partners. A New World in the New World. The prophecy of the South meeting the Prophecy of the North.
The Eagle and the Condor.
The beginning of the 8th Fire.