Sin­gle rep­re­sen­ta­tive needed

The Peterborough Examiner - - OPINION -

Re: In­dige­nous Af­fairs split au­gurs well for progress (Sept. 110

Per­haps now our In­dige­nous peo­ple can hope for some real progress in bring­ing them closer to equal treat­ment un­der hu­man rights, the Con­sti­tu­tion and the law.

My ob­ser­va­tion from the me­dia in our area, close to Six Na­tions, is that if other Cana­dian In­dige­nous groups face the chal­lenges we do in Brant/Brant­ford they also need rad­i­cal changes in the rep­re­sen­ta­tion of the their lead­er­ship. Un­less they can se­lect a sin­gle ne­go­ti­at­ing rep­re­sen­ta­tive, only frus­tra­tion is go­ing to oc­cur.

Hav­ing worked both sides of the ta­ble in union/man­age­ment ne­go­ti­a­tions in the past, I know that, with­out that crit­i­cal change, any at­tempt to reach agree­ments is im­pos­si­ble.

If In­dige­nous peo­ple can’t de­cide what they want, for­get try­ing to solve the dif­fer­ences. It is a waste of ev­ery­body’s time and ef­fort. Ge­orge Hat­ton Paris

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