Sunday, January 13, 2013

Eclectic Tastes



Buffy Sainte-Marie has been a great spokesperson
 for First Nations peoples for decades now.

The 'Idle No More' movement here in Canada
is getting a lot of attention lately. And rightly so.

The plight of indigenous people in Canada has been
desperate for so long that I am ashamed that our 
governments, now and in the past (both Conservative
and Liberal), consistently decide to 'turn a blind eye'
and choose to provide 'lip service' only.

I think the time has come that it is no longer acceptable
to watch young kids take their lives because 
they cannot see any good reason to live because of the 
desperate living conditions around them.






16 comments:

  1. My niece is very involved in this movement in Montreal. I've been to a couple of native communities and I can see why there is a feeling of desperation for the young people. Being so isolated and without community support as times when they need to be involved and looking at the future, gives them a bleak future. I am hoping that the government picks up the ball this time.

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    1. They only will Chania if they feel threatened in any way of losing their power and control in the government. That is where we come in to let all levels of government know that this is the time to stop this insanity.

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  2. This is absolutely heartbreaking. I hope a solution will be found.

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    1. It really is Becky and has been going on for so long that it will take a real commitment from the government to stop ignoring this situation.

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  3. I couldn't agree with you more, Jim. The living conditions are horrible, and it's heartbreaking that these young people become so desperate that they take their own lives. But it's up to all of us. The government is the people. And we are the people. The only way things can change is if we make a lot of noise. Hoping and waiting for something to happen isn't enough. When people come together in huge numbers and demand change, they are a force to be reckoned with.

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  4. I hear you loud and clear Martha. I have a feeling that this may be the time for a real change to begin. I think the government will see that not just First Nations people are fed up with lack of compassion and real solutions but that a very large number of other Canadians are as well. There are very rough times ahead here in Canada.

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  5. Love Buffy Sainte-Marie! Always a great voice for her people and all people.

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    1. I remember the first time I heard her Debra......waaaaay back! She really caught my attention then and continues to do so.

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  6. She's fabulous - always current!

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    1. I couldn't agree more Pat. She is an advocate for First Nations all over the world.

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  7. My two favourite concerts EVER were 1. Ray Charles & 2. Buffy St. Marie.

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    1. Both very 'soulful' artists! Thanks for stopping by dbs....fellow Canuck!

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  8. Thank you for sharing this song, Jim.
    I hadn't thought of Buffy St. Marie in years!
    Things haven't changed much in fifty years since I lived in Lansdowne House on Lake Attawapiskat.
    I learned then to be ashamed of our government.

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    1. Of course! You spent a few years there as a child Louise! First hand knowledge of the conditions.....something I know has imprinted itself on you.
      Ther's is another book for you to write!!

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    2. I have a lot of irons in the fire, Jim!
      I'm working on my Northern memories through the blog right now, although I haven't done a new Human Refuse post recently. I sent out a plea to my family members over the holidays to send me copies of photos and letters I needed, but Christmas celebrations nixed that and all the computer/photography experts dispersed.

      Now I'm going to Calgary in March because one of my sisters is having an operation - and I am going on a photo and letter hunt while I'm there, let me tell you! And there is a good chance I'll get to Kuwait in early December. Then I'm going to shake down my brother for pictures and more letters! He's asked if he can add to my blog posts on Northern Ontario and the Cree and Ojibawa we knew. Which thrilled me because Roy and I carry the memories now - my younger siblings have very few memories.

      Just before Christmas I read a book on publishing memoirs, and it really recommended building a platform for your potential book by blogging about it. I'm working on the next post now, but those posts take longer to write. My goal is to get into the rhythm of one HR post/week.

      So I have three books in the works - actually a fourth because I doing a children's book on local wildlife called "Walking Along Piney Creek." (There's a method in my cottonwood/muley/nature picture madness!) I'm working on all of these things while trying to figure out how to do it! Writing blog posts is helping my writing skills and giving me some feedback on my writing. Ron (now don't tease Ron because I mentioned his name again!) created a monster when he got me going! Hee Hee!

      You've been an awesome source of encouragement, and a good sport about it all. I'm just going to keep plugging every day - like walking to St. Anthony! I got 0.8 miles closer by house walking today. While I could go to the club and walk there, I really don't want to expose all those retirees to my nasty germs! And it's still bitter, bitter cold out. I remain stuffed with cough medicine and Tylenol, but no more socks on the kitchen counter. I actually got up at 6:15 a.m. because I'm feeling so much better! Terry is turning on the bedroom lights again. Onwards and upwards!

      I hope you are enjoying your day.

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  9. Sadly, this is something our countries have in common.

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