All Are Friends and Welcome Here
As is the customs of all First Nations people, “I bid you all welcome” to the first posting of the First Nations blog entitled Welcome. Firstly, I wish to thank founding editor-in-chief Linda Solomon and The Vancouver Observer for this opportunity to contribute my time and skills to open a dialogue with any and all who have an open heart and an open mind
I believe passionately in all issues that effect my people as First Nations and Canadians and I want to do my part in helping whomever wishes to learn and understand the issues facing Indigenous People, that we may learn from and about other. All nations have different customs and I hope this Blog will open a dialogue between not only ourselves, but with non-aboriginals to discover the similarities amid our differences.
Welcome will focus on the point of view of Elders, Women, Youth, Children and our Varying Cultural Heritage on issues such as, Health, Education, Politics, Sport, Ancestral and Modern Treaty Rights and the relationship with the Crown, among many others.
The blog will focus on reporting on these important and related issues from the perspective of our past, our present and our future. There will be featured Profiles on suggested, specific indigenous people who both contribute their expertise to this column as well as many others' who are difference-makers' working towards building better communities. A third feature of this column will be a “Question of the Week” consensus that will focus one question based on a specific topic issued to a number of varying prominent first nations community leaders garnering the appropriate related opinions, expertise or experience.
My main purpose of building this column is specifically to reach out to bridge cultural gaps and raise awareness to all peoples, readers and subscribers of The Vancouver Observer that we may talk openly to all Canadians on the issues of who we are as a people individually and collectively. These issues do not just effect our native bothers and sisters but every citizen in this great land.
So, I hope you will join me in this beginning of a journey of free discussion. I look forward to sharing with you thoughtful, accurate and concise stories and profiles, for which I welcome any and all comments, in response to any blogs and future articles presented here by myself or my selection of contributors.
Best Regards and Welcome.