Today's date: Wednesday December 19, 2018

The Wellington Advertiser Masthead Logo

We Cover The County...
40,052 Audited Circulation

WEEKLY POLL   |   Community News   |   EQUINE   |   Schools & Buses

Shop Arthur
Business Leader Banner

‘Pandora’s box’

Dear Editor:

RE: Erin council considers First Nations land acknowledgment, Jan. 26.

In the press it was reported that Erin council is considering having land and treaty acknowledgements for “First Nations” as part of the municipal process.

Mayor Allan Alls was quoted as saying that he “struggles with this request.” Like the mayor, I too struggle with this request, but for different reasons.

 To acknowledge in a formal statement an expression of “gratitude to those whose territory you reside on” feels good, but does not do good. It is very problematic since it implies that our ownership is in question at best, or that we have no ownership, at worst.

It is divisive and would be opening up a Pandora’s box on our doorstep. While it feels warm and fuzzy, it is not and presents real and present dangers.

If this sounds alarmist please read Christy Blatchford’s book Helpless: Caledonia’s Nightmare of Fear and Anarchy. You will be shocked.

The 1969 White Paper on Indian Affairs proposed by Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau and Minister of Indian Affairs, Jean Chretien, recommended the eliminating of “Indian” as a distinct legal status, and regarding Aboriginals as equal citizens like other Canadians.

Unfortunately it was never implemented.

Today we seem to live in an era of hyper political correctness. Radio host and lawyer Howard Levitt stated on CFRB’s morning show that the Law Society of Upper Canada now compels lawyers to actively work for Aboriginal rights as a condition of their license! He says this is completely unconscionable and he will not be party to it.

Neither should we in Erin be overcome by this new groupthink. Council has enough to worry about on its plate.

Les Sinka, Erin


Back to all letters

Tell Us What You Think

Login to submit a comment

Comments appearing on this website are the opinion of the comment writer and do not represent the opinion of the Wellington Advertiser. Comments that attack other individuals or are offensive, unsubstantiated or otherwise inappropriate will be removed. You must register or log in in order to post a comment. For more information, read our detailed Comment Policy and Guidelines.



Wellington County

Buzz: current record does not exist


Barrie Hopkins
Barrie Hopkins
Barrie Hopkins
Barrie Hopkins
Bruce Whitestone
Ray Wiseman
Ray Wiseman
Ray Wiseman
Stephen Thorning
Stephen Thorning


Dave Adsett: When youre done ...

Digital Publications

 •  Browse Our Publications
 •  Highland Games 2015 Pictorial Book
 •  Acton Fall Fair
 •  Canada 150 Special Edition
 •  Community Guide
 •  Business Leader
 •  The Community News
 •  CWCC Awards of Excellence
 •  Drayton Fair Book
 •  Digital Flyers
 •  Erin Fall Fair
 •  Estate and Funeral Planning
 •  Fergus Fall Fair
 •  Groves Foundation
 •  Guelph Township Horticultural Society
 •  Fergus Scottish Festival
 •  Inside Wellington Archives
 •  Lions Club Home & Leisure Show
 •  Mapleton Community Guide
 •  Minding Our Business Archives
 •  NEXANS Celebrating 50 Years in Fergus
 •  Purebred Sheep Breeders of Ontario
 •  70th anniversary of D-Day Feature
 •  Equine
 •  Wellington County Plowing Match
 •  Wellington North Guide
 •  Wellington OPP Annual Reports
 •  Wellington Weddings
 •  Wellington Advertiser - Newspaper Week

The Wellington Advertiser





Digital Publications


Twitter Logo

Free Press News Network Logo