After one week of running, Brandon knew his greatness would not be defined by this run, but by his actions now -- by what he would prove to himself he was and we all are capable of.
Stephen Harper talks of Northern sovereignty but demonstrates a purely militaristic approach, with the recent addition of a little nod to resource extraction. At no time has the prime minister acknowledged that an essential ingredient to our sovereignty is sustainable and liveable communities in the North.
By digging deeply into our royal roots, we wouldn't achieve the "renewed patriotism" Harper, Poilievre and his other Tory cronies covet. Instead, an honest "renewal of historic memory" would expose the truth that modern Canada, like British North America, is a military power that drives civilization to collapse.
The fact that the plight of Aboriginal Canadians still has to be singled out for special attention in the early 21st century conclusively demonstrates the urgent need for outside-the-box thinking and new institutional structures to support good governance.
One of the first lessons I learned from First Nations communities was about the importance of respect. Without respect for each other, we don't listen and we fail to learn. But respect should extend beyond our fellow humans, to all the green things that capture the sun's energy and power the rest of life on Earth.
The First Nations National Chief has spoken about the need to repeal the Indian Act and abolish the Department of Aboriginal Affairs. But this is only one side of the argument. The First Nations have presented their vision of the future. Perhaps it's time for the government to present its vision too.
THE CANADIAN PRESS -- MONCTON, N.B. - The head of the Assembly of First Nations says the fatal shooting of a five-year-old
Empowering the present generation of aboriginal youth with a desire to learn and a desire to grow requires both the government and First Nations to accept responsibility for the initiative's success or failure.
When the Speech from the Throne promised 'concrete action' on Aboriginal issues, I thought the proof would be in pudding -- the 2011 budget. But no, the government had totally abdicated their responsibility for our Aboriginal peoples.
I wonder if Colleen Mitchell White was aware of the statement she was making when she arrived at Vancouver's Roxy Nightclub and was denied entry because she was wearing moccasins. And what was the doorman thinking? 'Drunk Indian woman prostitute buffalo hunter?'