Canadian Author Margaret Atwood. Photo: Facebook
From Victoria Day to ‘Victoria and First People’s Day’. How does that sound?
Prolific author Margaret Atwood, Green Party leader Elizabeth May, actor Gordon Pinsent and other prominent Canadians are demanding that “Victoria Day” be renamed “Victoria and First Peoples Day”. To honour Aboriginal peoples’ contributions to Canada.
The group, which also includes politicians, is supporting a petition calling on Prime Minister Stephen Harper to consider the courageous and progressive proposal.
By: Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive:
5-05-13 Resolution on Idle No More, submitted by the Aboriginal Peoples Commission.
WHEREAS years of inaction and broken promises from successive liberal and conservative government has led to severe social injustice and shocking poverty in too many communities
Former prime minister was the architect of the 2005 Kelowna Accord
By Jennifer Clibbon | CBC News, Jan 17, 2013 4:58 AM ET
Few Canadian leaders know the issues raised by Idle No More better than former prime minister Paul Martin.
As Canada’s 21st prime minister, Martin will be remembered as the architect of the 2005 Kelowna Accord, which envisioned the investment of $5 billion over 10 years for education and social welfare programs for aboriginal Canadians. The project fell apart when Stephen Harper took over that year as prime minister, and cut the funding.
Martin’s interest in the lives and problems of aboriginal peoples dates back to his teenage years in the 1950s, when he worked on the shores of Hudson’s Bay and as a deck hand on tugboats going up and down the Mackenzie River. There, he saw firsthand the inequities faced by aboriginal friends, and it left a deep impression.
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