Opinion

Idle No More opportunity for change

To the Editor,

Re: Idle No More protest set for Maffeo Sutton, Jan. 8.

Aboriginal leaders and government bureaucrats have squandered too much time, money and energy playing the blame game.

Idle No More has captured the imagination of Canadians. The aboriginal people, including the Métis and non-status Indians, need the support of ordinary hard-working, law-abiding tax-paying Canadians if the politicians are going to become sufficiently motivated to get off their butts and modernize that out-dated, inefficient, incompetent colonial-based babysitting service known as the Department of Indian Affairs.

Before Idle No More spokespeople ride off in all directions, the so-called grassroots movement needs a national organization to articulate an action plan of short-term and long-term goals.

Hopefully, the enthusiasm generated by Idle No More will also focus on the day-to-day governance of reservations and thereby encourage self-reliance, accountability and pride. Hopefully, Harper’s government will view the enthusiasm generated by Idle No More as an opportunity for change and not as a political threat that must be destabilized, disassembled and destroyed.

Lloyd Atkins

Nanaimo

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