In sup­port of a name change

The Western Star - - EDITORIAL -

Dear Edi­tor:

Af­ter read­ing Mon­day, August 13 is­sue of The Western Star’s front-page story “Randy Burt Sug­gests Re­plac­ing Dis­cov­ery Day with Her­itage Day”, fol­lowed by a let­ter to the edi­tor by Mr. Colin Burke on a later date “Dis­cov­ery Day Name Change is Non­sense”, I would like to re­spond to both.

First of all, to Mr. Randy Burt’s sug­ges­tion to which I must say I agree 100 per­cent. I also be­lieve that John Cabot didn’t dis­cover New­found­land or any­thing else for that mat­ter. How can one dis­cover land al­ready oc­cu­pied by man?

Indigenous peo­ple where here long be­fore John Cabot ar­rived. Indigenous peo­ple by those who claimed this land weren’t rec­og­nized as peo­ple back then. They

weren’t ed­u­cated; his­tory was writ­ten by those who sought fame. Sad but true.

Chang­ing Dis­cov­ery Day to Her­itage Day will give ev­ery­one of dif­fer­ent cul­tures a chance to cel­e­brate. To which I ap­plaud. Mr. Burn did his home­work on this one.

I don’t know if Mr. Burt is an abo­rig­i­nal per­son but I have to say that I am proud to see some­one take a stand on is­sues of this im­por­tance. I also hope that MHA John Finn and es­pe­cially Premier Dwight Ball sup­port him on this.

Mr. Colin Burke’s re­sponse to Randy Burt’s sug­ges­tion also caught my eye. I have a lot of re­spect for Colin, we grew up in the same town, a pil­lar one would say in our com­mu­nity. With­out any mal­ice, I have to dis­agree with his views on this is­sue. I think a change is long over­due in fa­vor of Randy Burt on this one.

Mr. Burke in his let­ter stated that he sup­posed that New­found­land would be the next thing for peo­ple to want to change its name. One never knows, times are also chang­ing. Indigenous peo­ple are now ed­u­cated, maybe it’s time to have our his­tory rewrit­ten on who dis­cov­ered this or who dis­cov­ered that. There were no civil rights back then. Indigenous peo­ple like the black man were not con­sid­ered peo­ple. A lot of changes have come about. Indigenous peo­ple now have places in gov­ern­ment. They have a say. Look at the his­tory changes for the black man when one be­came the pres­i­dent of the United States. So on should never say never, because our his­tory is also go­ing to change then for some their glory will be their loss and this to my friend will be no non­sense.

Frank Rus­sell, Port-au-Port East

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