City, First Nations can form inclusive community

First, let me thank all the candidates running for office Nov. 15.

First, let me thank all the candidates running for office Nov. 15.

Thanks also to those who organized the all-candidates meeting Sunday, Nov. 2, at the Prestige Inn.

Thanks to Mayor Nancy Cooper for reminding us that our meeting is/was on Shuswap Nation territory. In light of the Supreme Court of Canada’s ruling June 26, 2014 that indigenous rights had not been extinguished, we in this community have been given a new opportunity to build a partnership which includes everybody in the Shuswap.

In fact, we could go the second mile.

We could admit our addiction to fossil fuels.

We could join indigenous people throughout our global village, showing respect for Mother Earth.

Together we could build a fair community where everyone was included, respected, and appreciated.

I hope you will join me in doing just that.

Peace,

Dan MacQuarrie