Published in the Times Colonist January 19th 2013…
Re: “Beating drums replace the whir of highway traffic” Jan. 17.
Times Colonist reporter Judith Lavoie did a good job of reporting the facts without any bias, but I question the remarks by letter-writers that natives should refrain from this type of action. How are we to get the point across that the Harper government is destroying the environmental laws and policies of Canada?
The remarks by Tsawout Eric Pelkey, Tsartlip Murray Sampson, Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs president Stewart Phillip are all valid, with the addition of the pledged support for the Idle No More movement by the B.C. Metis Federation. For those not aware, we Metis are a mixed-blood nation or “Riel’s People,” usually a little lighter complexion than treaty Indians, but still native.
Our easy-to-recognize flag is an infinity, usually white on blue, sometimes white on red. You have probably seen us with flags in past Idle No More events and we definitely will be out in support in the future.