Opinion

Idle movement should change approach

To the Editor,

Re: Idle No More Protest Set For Maffeo Sutton, Jan 8.

National aboriginal chiefs and the Republican Party share a number of similarities – both have been unable to analyze the constituent groups that make up Canada and the United States.  Times are changing and the demographics in each country are very clear as to what are the important issues.

For aboriginals, road blocks, train delays and threats are not viewed by the common folk as popular strategies to influence government.

Neither the GOP nor the aboriginal chiefs have developed a platform with thoughtful planks to persuade citizens or the government.

Both require national conventions where policy can be developed through priority and consensus. Moreover, intensive analysis of today’s citizens’ beliefs and values must be considered.

A paradox has developed whereby the Idle No More protest movement demands change. The vast majority of Canadians agree.  Aboriginals have been brutally treated by the white man and it is time to make amends.

They will never have more support for change than now. Get organized, sort things out, present a platform that is thoughtful and reasonable.

Douglas Wilson

Nanaimo

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