Ottawa Citizen

Lack of meet­ing an out­rage

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I am non-na­tive and I am ab­so­lutely out­raged.

Where are Prime Min­is­ter Stephen Harper and Gov­er­nor Gen­eral David John­ston?

For far too long, Canada has ig­nored its le­gal and mo­ral re­spon­si­bil­i­ties un­der the na­tion-to-na­tion treaties be­tween First Na­tions peo­ples and the Crown. In­stead, Cana­dian poli­cies are fo­cused on help­ing cor­po­ra­tions ex­ploit Canada’s nat­u­ral re­sources while First Na­tions com­mu­ni­ties are im­pov­er­ished, the peo­ple made sick and the lands and wa­ters con­tam­i­nated across Canada.

We, both na­tive and non-na­tive peo­ples, are paying the price with our health, and it’s only set to get worse. I want to see a meet­ing hap­pen, and pronto.

ALI­SON KEMP, Ot­tawa

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