A Chief’s Angry Charge: Paternalism Is Putting His People’s Lives at Risk – The Tyee

A Chief’s Angry Charge: Paternalism Is Putting His People’s Lives at Risk – The Tyee

by ahnationtalk on December 1, 202048 Views

The view from James Smith Cree Nation amidst Saskatchewan’s coronavirus surge.

Chief Wally Burns sensed right away that something was wrong. The voice on his cellphone belonged to the man who operated the community’s grader. He told Burns that he had a “wicked headache” and “terrible cough.” The man planned to do a little more work, then go home.

Burns, Chief of Saskatchewan’s James Smith Cree Nation, knew how bad things were when he received a second call that day from the same man.

The heavy equipment operator was now at home and desperately ill. But he was not calling to talk about his health. Instead, he made an urgent request of Burns. He wanted someone go to the grader he had been operating and disinfect it at once before anyone else used it. The man had a premonition.

Read More: https://thetyee.ca/Analysis/2020/12/01/Paternalism-Putting-Indigenous-People-At-Risk/

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