A while back, I shared a tweet by Senator Patrick Brazeau. He said one of the best things a Canadian could do to advance Indigenous issues, is to write to their member of parliament.
Instead, I wrote to the Prime Minister. Some will say, what difference will it make? Well, if we all did it, it could make a huge difference. But I’ll tell you this: doing it was much more productive than sitting back and cynically proclaiming that it won’t make a difference.
From : Lisa Brandt firstname.lastname@example.org Received : 08 Jun 2021 08:09:17 AM >>>
Subject : Indigenous issues >>>>
Dear Mr. Trudeau,
We spoke once when I was still in full-time broadcasting, as morning show host of 1290 CJBK here in London, ON. I don’t expect you to remember it! Also, I voted for you and I’m still a vocal supporter of you as our Prime Minister.
When you announced that Reconciliation with Canada’s indigenous peoples was your priority, I cried tears of joy. I’m not native. In fact, I was only finally fully awoken to these issues when I made a presentation to a group of local band chiefs several years ago and heard their stories. I vowed at that time that I’d be an ally for change in this country.
Sir, I’m profoundly disappointed that your government continues to challenge compensation payments in court following a ruling that ordered them over discrimination against First Nations children on reserves. I don’t understand it. Even just the optics are terrible, but the whole effort – the cost, the time, what it says about priorities – is in direct opposition to what you claimed you would do.
I urge you to drop your opposition to the compensation packages before it becomes a major part of your legacy. There is no shame in saying, ‘I was wrong’. Instead, concentrate efforts on getting clean, drinkable water to all native communities. Divert the money spent on lawyers to this basic need. PROVE that you meant it when you said reconciliation matters. I don’t know why you’re doing something that is the opposite to your stated position. Please, do the right thing. I believe you generally mean to do the right thing. And I’m offering you this perspective so you can make a course correction on behalf of Canadians who believe in you, your values and what you stand for. It’s never too late.
Dear Ms. Brandt:
On behalf of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, I would like to acknowledge receipt of your correspondence.
Thank you for taking the time to write. The Prime Minister always appreciates hearing from people on the issues that are important to them. Please be assured that your comments have been carefully reviewed.
Once again, thank you for writing.
Executive Correspondence Officer