Overcoming obstacles to justice
Returning land to the Mi’kmaq by annual gift the day before Canada Day
I have a Mi’kmaq dream, thinking about Martin Luther King and this prickly land claim issue that Premier Wade MacLauchlan must face for us all. I think he has good will but needs a larger philosophical vision to guide him.
I have a dream that one day on the red hills of P.E.I., the sons and daughters of the Mi’kmaq will be able to sit down together with the sons and daughters of the colonists and latecomers at the table of universal justice. In my dream, insisting on the truth made the government power come to reason.
The Premier passed new laws and declared that each year, on the day before Canada Day, the government would choose one of its best properties and return it to the Mi’kmaq people. This gift system would be a material demonstration of the way nightmarish history is being cured, slowly but surely, without harming future generations with more debt.
It could begin by returning one of the golf courses that it has been vainly trying to sell. Or by returning the magnificent, but undeveloped, Blooming Point Beach where I once found a black flint arrowhead left as a mystical clue to me by a vanished Mi’kmaq warrior.
My dream is an arrow that gets to the very heart of the issue. This law of returning land by annual gift could be written so that it would continue until the Mi’kmaq themselves declared that they were satisfied with the reversal of history and it could end. It would likely take many years, but it would eventually put the Mi’kmaq back into their original position, or as close as justice as fairness can put them with such redistribution.
I have great faith in Premier MacLauchlan’s ability to overcome the obstacles to justice for the Mi’kmaq. Rectification is about returning the Mi’kmaq to where they would be in an ideal world, illuminated by justice rather than entangled in sorrow, where Europeans had never invaded and wrecked havoc on their way of life.
Let freedom ring from the bell of this little island, and let the people of P.E.I. show the way to true reconciliation for the rest of Canada and Prime Minister Trudeau himself. I have a dream that Premier MacLauchlan can do the right things to free us at last from the racism, the horror and the shame buried in our history.
Blooming Point beach