The Friends of Stanley Park: No Way Xwayxway!
I’m not an activist.
Not unless you consider what I do on the Downtown Eastside (DTES) teaching at risk kids to stay away from drugs or you look at any of the other quiet time I spend helping adult addicts out where I can.
I spent several years, boots on the ground, right at ground zero on E. Pender Street–right in the heart of Vancouver’s hell–and I know what aboriginal Canadians are treated like by the government and the povertarians and grief pimps, who feed off them, under the specious guise of ‘compassion’ and ‘recognition’.
It’s why I rail against liars and manipulators like Premier Gordon Campbell and others who use the words ‘First Nations’ like a punch-line.
What always perplexed me, until I saw the light, is why the so-called First Nations “leadership” went along with it.
They collect hundreds of millions of YOUR tax dollars every year–BILLIONS over decades and Indians are still dying on our streets and in our jails. Reserves look like slums. Their jewels–their children–drop out of high school, that’s if they attend at all, and are tens of times more likely to die of an overdose than your kids.
Have you ever had to turn over the body of a downtrodden Indian fellow, who used to voluntarily sweep your steps for a once-a-week burger meal, and discover that he’d overfilled his veins full of fury hours earlier? Have you ever held the hand of woman who died only a half hour later because you weren’t there when she had a psychotic episode from playing chase the dragon…and her AIDS-ravaged body couldn’t take it anymore? Ever seen the look of an aboriginal Mom with chronic Hepatitis, who lived out in the lane of your building, when she discovered that her teenage son was the guy shot dead in another lane but behind the Cobalt Hotel the night before?
Think about that next time you tuck your son or daughter into bed. Think about what life they’d likely lead walking out your front door on any given morning. Dealers looking to prey upon your son; pimps treating your daughter like she’s yet another piece of meat.
That’s the startling reality that Chief Ian Campbell of the Squamish Band won’t answer to. You see, it was his incendiary comments on Canada Day, no less, that prompted the website we’ve now built TO FIGHT for Stanley Park. Drive through his reserve and have a look. Ask him where all the money goes. Ask him to open his books.
Oh but I bet his people are so much better off after the Squamish Band erected a grotesque, video billboard right next to the Burrard Bridge some months ago. That really helps matters, eh Chief? Crass commercialism, I thought, was the white man’s sin?
If you have your own “government” and your own “land”, then act responsibly, and leave OURS alone.
Changing names, signing treaties, building casinos, “repatriating” land, DOES NOT save the native aboriginal of this country from the ills that plague them. And disgraceful politicians like Gregor Robertson, Aaron Jasper, Gordon Campbell and Kevin Kruger, who all believe in this system MUST be run out of office. They are dangerous and reckless. They do not serve us at all well.
It’s high-time, the rest of us fought for what’s right. Please join us in standing up against aboriginal non-leadership like that of Chief Ian Campbell of the Squamish. Please join us in fighting against the trampling of Stanley Park–because it will only be the beginning.
There is a time and place for honouring aboriginal Canadian habitation. This isn’t it. Stanley Park will stay Stanley Park and we will fight against this if we have to take it to the Supreme Court of Canada.
This is not a time to let cowardly politicians make decisions for us. This isn’t like the HST–YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE HERE AND THE GOVERNMENT HAS TO LISTEN. Join us, please.
I have every confidence that the Prime Minister and his government will do the right thing and reject any formal renaming. But for those politicians willing to take the expedient route, let’s kick them out of office at first opportunity. Public lands like Stanley Park belong to EVERY CANADIAN. Stanley Park is NOT an aboriginal park. IT’S A CANADIAN PARK–an internationally recognized urban miracle, that belongs to every Canadian taxpayer that built her over the 122 years she’s been our civic jewel.
And if our elected politicians are not prepared to make the right decision…then we’ll fight until the highest court in the land hears our cry.
Thank you for your consideration in advance.
Go here, or click on the link at the top right of my website and take a look around. Many of you have asked for a petition page and it’s coming, within a day or so. Perhaps if brighter heads prevail, like those of Vancouver Parks Commissioners Stuart Mackinnon and Ian Robertson, then we won’t have to worry much longer.