The reason Canada keeps on having confrontations with Indigenous peoples is that their prodigious patience has been worn out. They confront because they have been sold out too many times.
Protesters, pictured on Feb. 7, 2020, in Ottawa in support of the Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs who are against the proposed Costal Gaslink pipeline in northwestern British Columbia. The Wet'suwet'en situation has sparked a national protest that lifts this into a national issue. This should be a moment for national honesty, writes Michael Harris.
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'Our relationship with police has been one of violence, from the colonial nature of everything that has happened in Canada,' says Judith Sayers, president of the Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council in Port Alberni, B.C.
'I get we're in a pandemic, and I'm very supportive of using the technology, but until I know that it respects the basic rights and has the highest standards, I can't see that it's going to work,' said MP Charlie Angus.
'At least at this stage, it's better to work the backrooms, work the players that have some influence with the White House, and try to ensure that such a threat doesn't become a reality,' says Canada-U.S. group co-chair.
'We do not celebrate the existence of this country in the same way other people do, because we think that the existence of this country came at a price to our ancestors and to us,' says Senator Murray Sinclair.
'Peter MacKay has a proven track record of uniting Conservatives, and that's precisely what he's doing in the leadership campaign. And that's what he'll do if he's elected as leader,' says Conservative MP Michael Cooper.