The man does make some good points. Cat Lake reserve and KI are two examples of dysfunctional councils that are letting the residents of their respective reserves down. Those councils, in my opinion, incompetent. Plain and simple.
‘Calling them dysfunctional fails to capture the sheer hopelessness and discord that define life there. The fact that many tragic individuals end up on the streets of Thunder Bay is not the fault of the community. It is a cross that no other city, proportional has to bear.’
Think about what is like growing up in communities that are as isolated as many of the northern reserves. Imagine being a teenager living there. Drugs, alcohol and solvents? Violence? Abuse? Then you come to Thunder Bay. Get in with the wrong crowd.
Thunder Bay is a city that is not racist. It is ‘an imperfect but well-meaning community struggling to deal with a federal crisis‘.
The same can be said for the Thunder Bay Police Service. The TBPS has to deal with situations that no other police force in southern ontario has to deal with. All while the word ‘racism’ is being thrown around the country like rice at a wedding. Everyone is racist. Everything is racism. Used often enough, the words ‘racist’ and ‘racism’ and ‘systemic racism’ lose their power. Not so scary any longer. How can it be bad if everyone is one? Even the library?
If the northern reserves were perfect, then I can see that they may have a point. But they are far from perfect. Not even close. Maybe these places need to take a hard look at themselves. Expect more from their elected council. Take some responsibility for their homes and the communities they are located in. Clean up their own glass houses before throwing stones at ours.
Somehow, I get the feeling that no matter how hard this city tries, it will never be good enough for some people. Requiring high school students to take Indigenous language classes? Seriously? Optional maybe, but a course requirement?