Artist Crystal Przybille staples a billboard created by the Rethink 150: Indigenous Truth Collective which aims to create a dialogue about Canada’s history, Saturday, June 17 at the north end of Duck Lake. - Credit: Carli Berry/Capital News

Letters: An apology without actions

Readers of the Kelowna Capital News web site and Facebook page sound off

Capital News readers commented on stories on kelownacapnews.com regarding indigenous resistance movements that took place in Kelowna (see page A5 for one story) and across Canada around Canada 150 events.

Rawle Iam James:

An apology without actions of true reconciliation and policies that encourage living well are meaningless. It’s 2017 and most Canadians have no idea of the Indian Act and how it is still having a negative effect on First Peoples abilities to govern their own lives on their own lands. How many Canadians would sign up to live the way most First Peoples do? Most talk about they don’t have to pay taxes or they get to go to university for free but have no idea what they can or can’t do. Please educate yourself.

Dante Wetherow:

Five per cent of the population should probably have at least 5 per cent of the land. They have 0.2 per cent and it is not considered private property. Without the resource base and ownership over the land how do we expect progress? Many of the areas of land we live on never had treaties. Apologizing is one thing but enabling nationhood within Canada is the next step.

Crystal Przybille:

If someone steals something from me using violence, then later “apologizes,” but does little to actually ease my pain, nor return what was stolen, why in the world would I be expected to accept that apology?

Re: BC Indian Chiefs reject Canada 150:

Joan Brown

The untold billions of dollars given to them with no accountability of how it was spent, their people living in poverty, and the white people are always responsible…..how about their leaders take another look in the mirror.

Colleen Baillie

Let go of the past. Stop dragging it around and relentlessly demand the rest of us continually treat you all as victims. What can I help what transpired between our great-grandparents? Quit bullying everyone in this country to give you all everything for a perceived debt that can never be paid, quit crying the blues, quit living in the past and start investing in the future of your people.

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