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Letter: Time to take the true path to respect and reconciliation – The Journal Pioneer

by ahnationtalk on February 12, 201985 Views

As a member of the Mi’kmaq Grand Council, the traditional government for the Mi’kmaq Nation, representing the district of Epekwitk, now known as Prince Edward Island, I fully support Indigenous elder Nathan Philips. All indigenous societies have great respect for our elders. They are our knowledge keepers and have walked many hard roads. I am so happy that he played his traditional drum and chanted a prayer to the Creator. It is sacred to us because it reminds us of the first thing we heard when we were in our mother’s womb.

How those students treated Philips was, at best, utterly thoughtless but I fear was an intentional blatant disgusting, racist disrespect to our indigenous elders and our indigenous cultures. That event and the aftermath clearly illustrated how ignorant many of our youth, like those who confronted Nathan Phillips, are of Indigenous history and culture. Did they know they were hearing the beating heart of a mother?

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