PAVING THE ROAD AHEAD

Geist - - Miscellany - —Cather­ine Fen­wick Regina, SK

I found Lisa Bird-wil­son’s piece, “Once and Fu­ture Prairie,” (Geist 107) to be in­sight­ful, sen­si­tive and timely. I was pleased to read the book on which it was based, To­wards a Prairie Atone­ment by Trevor Her­riot, be­cause it pro­vides us with an im­por­tant piece of our his­tory that I and many oth­ers have been woe­fully un­aware of. The first step to­ward any rec­on­cil­i­a­tion is aware­ness. An­other step is to pay at­ten­tion to the nu­ances and sub­tleties of lan­guage and good in­ten­tions. What may seem like sub­tle dif­fer­ences are not so to those who have been af­fected or harmed. I cringe when I think of my own stum­blings over the years—done with good in­ten­tions. I’m a fan of Her­riot’s writ­ing and was sur­prised by the “After­word by Nor­man Fleury” writ­ten on the cover. Surely Fleury could have been given more credit, as Bird-wil­son sug­gests in her thought­ful writ­ing. One word can make a dif­fer­ence. Yes, we still have more to learn and a long way to go.

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