Remember Canada’s whole truth

Robert Burns said, “O would some power the gift to give us, to see ourselves as others see us.”

Robert Burns said, “O would some power the gift to give us, to see ourselves as others see us.”

That is precisely what President Obama offered to the human race in his eulogy for Clementa Pinckney. I would encourage everyone to read it from beginning to end.

What has been happening in the U.S. since the beginning of the slave trade, has been happening in Canada since 1763. The basic difference is that we have been doing it more subtly. And yes I mean right here in Salmon Arm.

We settlers are living on traditional Shuswap Nation territory, with the people from three reserves – Neskonlith, Adams Lake and Little Shuswap. We are neighbours living as if we were two solitudes. There are more than a dozen so-called Christian churches who it seems have a strange understanding of “love your neighbour as yourself.” Could it be, that nobody told them that you have to practise what you preach?

Alcoholics Anonymous encourages those addicted to alcohol to admit they are alcoholics. That is the first step in the process of recovery. Could it be that we settlers are addicted to a lie, i.e. “This country belongs to us.”

In the wake of Canada Day, let us come clean by admitting the whole truth about how Canada came into being as is outlined on the Canada in the Making website, ‘Aboriginals: Treaties & Relations.’

Rabbinical Wisdom: How do you know when the night has ended, and the day begins? “You know, when you can look into the face of your neighbour, and see there a brother or sister; until you can do that, whatever time of the day it is, it is still night.”

Peace, Dan MacQuarrie

 

Just Posted

In photos: The 27th Annual Salmon Arm Roots and Blues Festival

Images from Friday evening and Saturday at the festival grounds.

Summerland cannabis shop receives approval in principle

Inspection now required before Green Gaia may sell cannabis

North Okanagan-Shuswap Liberal candidate responds to Trudeau ethics report

Prime Minister’s immediate response to commissioner’s findings appreciated

Shuswap tow truck operator sees high number of collisions this summer

Drivers encouraged to “loosen up behind the wheel, smarten up and read the road”

VIDEO: Langley Ribfest met with protesters

Groups that oppose the event for various reasons plan to be on site each of the three days.

Canadians killed in Afghanistan honoured during emotional dedication ceremony

One-hundred-fifty-eight Canadian soldiers died during the mission

It’s snow joke: Up to 30 cm of snow expected to fall in northeastern B.C.

Alaska Highway, Fort Nelson to be hit with August snowstorm, according to Environment Canada

‘I’m just absolutely disgusted’: Husband furious after B.C. Mountie’s killer gets day parole

Kenneth Fenton was sentenced to prison after he fatally struck Const. Sarah Beckett’s cruiser

Sea-to-Sky Gondola in B.C. likely out of commission until 2020

Sea to Sky Gondola carries between 1,500 and 3,000 people every day during the summer season

Helicopter-riding dog Mr. Bentley now featured on cans of new B.C.-made beer

Partial proceeds from every pack go to Children’s Wish

PHOTOS: Weapons seized at Portland right-wing rally, counterprotests

Not all who gathered Saturday were with right-wing groups or antifa

Retrieved body from Okanagan Lake identified as missing kayaker

Zygmunt Janiewicz had been missing since May and was recovered Aug. 10

Paddleboard festival coming soon to Kalamalka Lake

Wildfire smoke got in the way of last year’s event, but conditions look better this summer

Most Read