(OPINION) – For everyone who has an answer to Thunder Bay’s racial epidemic, first ask yourself what is the question? Is it alcoholism? is drug addiction? is it homelessness? is it poverty? is it racism? Or is it sheer ignorance?
People talk like some natives in Thunder Bay have a choice when it comes to living on the streets, drinking, drugging, and living in poverty.
Do you think they were born that way? Came out of the womb drunk? Hooked on drugs? Lying? Stealing? Feeling less than? No!!! Everybody’s born equal without any knowledge of this world. Its the people that take care of us that make is who we are…and that’s the sad part.
People talk about residential schools and say ‘get over it’, ‘that happened a long time ago’, ‘look at all the help there is for them and they still wont change’.
It’s true that it was a long time ago and its true that there are many avenues for people to get help and assistance for their problems…but how can someone ask for help when they don’t know they have a problem?
Natives who attended residential school lost their parents, their homes, their friends, their families, and their communities and their identity. We can’t change that fact. Their loss and misery was then replaced by alcohol because it took away that pain…each child thereafter lived through the trauma of residential school and had no guidance like a select few did (everyone else who had loving parents to care for them).
Nothing changes if nothing changes. Its easy to keep fighting, but so hard to make peace. Empathy is seeing out of someone else’s eyes…compassion is acting on it. Have a great and blessed day my chumz.
– Sterling Finlayson