Letters to the Editor

Fair reporting will help with reconciliation

To the Editor,

Re: Media key to ending stereotypes in aboriginal reporting, Feb. 3.

I attended the Ka Na Ta Conversations on Wednesday, hoping to come away with some positive information. Hundreds of First Nations supporters showed up cheering at every statement.

After an hour and a half, I came to the conclusion that aboriginals want their own media reporters and journalists. One reporter stated that women’s issues don’t have to be reported by women, or men’s issues by men. We expect the media to report the overall news for all Canadians.

Past injustices were of course brought up. Mayor John Ruttan apologized for Nanaimo being labelled a racist city because of one letter to the editor and said he has a working relationship with Snuneymuxw Chief Douglas White. Two separate communities – is that going to be the final result of talks, them and us, segregation? How can reconciliation be accomplished when there will be Canada made up of all nationalities and then hundreds of First Nations communities?

L.A. Powell

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