Opinion

First Nations issues can be resolved justly

To the Editor,

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

Could Canadians gain any insight into the Idle No More movement by watching the 1982 epic movie Gandhi?

The inflexible British officials governing India were too arrogant to recognize and acknowledge the determination and aspirations of the downtrodden Indian people.

By committing self-righteous undisciplined acts of violence, lawless Indian extremists caused their own kith and kin untold pain and suffering. Gandhi’s optimistic dream of non-violent negotiations turned into a chaotic blood-splattered nightmare.

Perhaps Governor General David Johnston should invite our prime minister and the First Nations chiefs to Rideau Hall for a movie night. After viewing Gandhi, they could discuss how boneheaded stupidity on both sides led to the appalling bedlam that swept across India.

Then they could shake hands and solemnly promise each other to resolve their differences Canadian-style, peacefully, justly and expeditiously.

Lloyd Atkins

Vernon

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