by Wendy Turpin
Today was the National Day of Action for First Nations people and its event in Ottawa went off without a hitch. I attended earlier today at Victoria Island along with a few hundred others, staying for the entertainment and speeches followed with the march to Parliament Hill to hear the speakers. The march itself attracted a great deal of attention as we travelled up Wellington Street onto the Hill stopping traffic and pedestrians along the way. From the perspective of a non-aboriginal person, I found the event educational and enjoyable as I joined the mostly aboriginal marchers in their peaceful demonstration for change. The only thing I found dismaying was the small representation of non-aboriginals in attendance. I applaud National Chief Phil Fontaine’s and the efforts of the organizing committee (which included representatives from the United and Anglican Church of Canada) for setting a peaceful standard to protest the issue of poverty and land claims for the First Nations people of Canada. Thank you for praying and keeping these issues before the Lord; I truly believe it is His heart that the First Nations’ voice would be finally heard and heeded.