“I have cousins in several Indian bands and am proud of that connection, and am equally proud of my ancestors who came from all over Europe seeking a better life. But it wasn’t an easy road… “My great-great grandfather…was murdered by Chilcotin (Tsilhqot’in) Indian bandits in 1864. It’s been a bone of contention with me that Donald McLean’s killers were hailed as heroes by latter-day Chilcotin politicians who demanded an apology from the B.C. government for their trial and execution.
“It vexes me even more that they got what they wanted from Christy Clark in 2014. Many years ago, when I attended an assembly of Chilcotin chiefs held to demand that apology, I stood up and suggested that a good first step toward their goal would be for them to first apologize for the murder of my ancestor by their forebears.
“This wasn’t viewed kindly at a meeting designed to stoke up fire among the converted, and I was branded a ‘racist’. Continue reading ‘The Chilcotin Massacre’
~~From Michele: Hey Derek, it’s like some cosmic trip… I had a vision, too! We both “arrived at a good place” together, on t.v. I want to come fast with you in a Teepee behind Parliament Hill. You said anyone was welcome. Pick me, pick me! It’s on your government’s dime though, o.k.? The same way all the native leaders’ trips are ultimately on my government’s dime. In the spirit of “reconciliation” and all.~~HEAR THIS POST in AUDIO (our new feature):
(see article) http://www.cbc.ca/beta/news/canada/manitoba/manitoba-grand-chief-derek-nepinak-to-host-fast-near-parliament-hill-1.3311743
‘The grand chief of the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs is preparing for a four-day ceremonial fast on the island below Parliament Hill next month, so that he can arrive at a “good place” spiritually before he and other indigenous leaders start working with the new Liberal government.’ Continue reading Derek and Michele arrive at a good place