I am a proud Newfoundlander & proud Mi'kmaq devoted to energy efficiency and human rights. First people are people first.
Hi, my name is Brad Gallant. I have 14 and 15 year old girl goalies and a 19 year old son. They love to play hockey. We recently were granted First Nation status when the Qalipu Mi’kmaq Band was formed and we are proud to be included in the First Nations community. I went to university to become a teacher but after teaching in Japan for 3 years, I completed my MBA at the University of Notre Dame. Right now I produce an educational video series on energy efficiency.
If people change their lights and use more energy-efficient appliances, who cares if they believe in climate change? The focus should be on demonstrating how they are freeing up money for other spending, protecting their jobs by making their workplace more competitive and slowing the expensive expansion of the power system.
If the government can take my family's cards and deny us our heritage because they do not like the cost, then they can take anyone's card, deny anyone's heritage and human rights, whenever they deem the commitment to be more than they had initially bargained for.
We have been forced to the farthest reaches of the continent, evicted, killed, induced to deny our heritage and starved out to make way for Canadian "progress." Native mascots are a lingering reminder that the Indigenous cannot participate in Canadian society equally.
What Chris Hine, a gay sportswriter for the Chicago Tribune, fails to realize is that he is horrified by a slur against his sexual orientation while celebrating and profiting from a slur against another ethnic group. Like the NHL, he has said that all slurs are unacceptable in public life, except for those against native Americans.
To date, only one Canadian sports organization is changing their logo because of racist Indigenous stereotypes: The Lorne Park team. I thank them for that. Mississauga still maintains that they have no control over what their affiliates post on their walls. Welcome to the special type of malarkey reserved for the Canadian indigenous.
There is a complete blind spot on indigenous human/civil rights. Every time I mention First Nation mascots, I am told to get over it, that they are honouring us. Many native people even sing the Canadian cultural tune. I am unable to turn a blind eye to it, though. I can suck it up, I just choose not to. Why should any First Nation person learn to deal with abuse to survive?