I’m a thirty-one year old half black, and half white British guy living in Kenora, Ontario in Canada. For the first six years in Canada I was living with my children and their mother on a First Nation reserve just outside of Kenora. I now live in town, two blocks away from my former employer office.
I have two children – a son called Nicolas and a daughter called Alex (yes that is her full forename). My dreams for them are for both of them to become soldiers.
Someone once said that it seems the driving force in my life is racial equality. I don’t think anyone ever spoke a truer word.
I’ve become increasingly disillusioned with Canada’s reputation as a fair and free country, because of race relations and how the Federal Government keeps First Nation people on a permanent lower economic and social level. When it comes to Native rights, my view is that colonisation was always going to happen – it’s part of life – conquer or be conquered. My issue is with the way it was done, and the failure of Canada to live up to its reputation as a decent, and civilised society. The failure to honour the treaties and fairly compensate natives in Canada will always be a dark stain on Canada’s reputation. I’m hoping that in return for serving Canada and it’s citizens, this country will become the place I know it could be – by honouring the treaties , settling land disputes and changing society to treat First Nation people as equals.
Drunk drivers, racists and paedophiles should all be sent to an uninhabited island.
Obviously, I have conviction in my beliefs and am not often swayed from them, although I am always open to the possibility that I’m wrong. I believe in freedom of speech, thought, and religion – so long as they do not promote hatred, bigotry, racism or unjust violence.