Tuesday, March 26, 2013

SOL # 26 - March 26th

Today is day 26 of the Slice of Life March, the writing challenge sponsored and run by Stacey and Ruth of "Two Writing Teachers".
There are only a few days left - hard to believe. This month of writing has pased quickly and has almost become a habit.

Each morning I get 2 newspapers and skim through them as I have my breakfast. I tear out stories that I need to read in depth for after supper.

This morning i was looking for an article about the 1,600 km walk by young native people, from a reserve in northern Quebec to the nation's capitol in Ottawa. I had seen the news report last night that they had arrived in Ottawa after walking through the winter months. The walk started with one youth and gradually added over 300 native people as he walked through communities. They were trying to bring the plight of native people in Canada to the government's attention.

There was very little support from the government to celebrate their trek when they arrived..
In the Toronto paper there was 1 picture on page 6 with 2 lines. In our local paper there was a longer article but on page 12 of the classifieds.

Our illustrious prime minister chose to be in Toronto to greet the most important pandas from China who will be in Canada for 10 years. It says a lot about this Harper government where their priorities are.


nf said...

As soon as I saw the description for your post today I knew I Had to comment... Like you my first thought went to the pandas. It shows that too often our interest lie in imPressing those outside of our country, making a name for ourselves with foreign policy, instead of taking a look at what needs to be done in our own backyard. Regardless of ones opinion on the Idle No More campaign,raffling to recognize the sheer passion and determinatjon of These young people who have become Our next generation is shameful.

LibraryDragon/Storykeeper said...

These young people have accomplished a lot. Perhaps its time to start a grassroots support for them. Until your article I had not read anything about their trek. I will have to research it.

I am saddened that the government failed these young people. It sort of points out the very problem the young people wanted to address. Thank you for sharing this in your slice today.

Tara @ A Teaching Life said...

That is outrageous...and sad. These young people did something courageous, and to ignore them is to reveal a type of moral corruption. Thank you for posting about this today.

Jackie said...

This is sad. To think they walked in the winter months...and one person grew into 300. I hope they try this again...get more organized and make their voices heard. Jackie http://familytrove.blogspot.com/

Carol said...

This makes me really sad. I agree, you do need to get a grassroots movement going? Social networking? Calls and emails to the Prime Minister? Letters to the editor of the newspaper questioning the placement/length of the articles? What would get you the most bang for your buck?