Letter to the Editor

It’s time we looked after ourselves I just read your story concerning the Anglican Church’s “new” approach to its…

It’s time we looked

after ourselves

I just read your story concerning the Anglican Church’s “new” approach to its aboriginal community.

As a “recovering catholic” I have a few thoughts on this issue.

I used to be quite involved in the catholic church and the only reason I can think of why this was, was “because I didn’t know any better.”

I didn’t know how this new religion was forced upon my people as a pre-requisite to becoming civilized.

Where Christianity was proclaimed good and the only way to the new God and aboriginal beliefs were declared evil and from the devil.

I didn’t know about all the crimes committed against my people by these churches in the name of Jesus.

But, most importantly, I didn’t know how incompatible Christianity is with traditional aboriginal life.

It only currently looks compatible because of two reasons:

First, we aboriginals are so colonized that we don’t even realize it.

The way we currently think and perceive the world is now through the eyes of the colonizer.

Because of this we don’t understand our language and culture because we are looking at it through foreign glasses.

What doesn’t make sense or fit to this new standard is either watered down or discarded completely.

Such as polygamy for example.

In my traditional Tlingit culture, polygamy was “normal” and accepted, my great-grandfather had two wives for example. And to top it off both were sisters.

But now Christian society would say this is immoral and unacceptable and many of our own people who don’t know their true culture would also parrot this negative judgment.

That leads to the second reason why Christianity appears to be compatible … it’s because much of the current aboriginal culture being taught today is a watered-down “Christianized” version and not the “real” pure culture.

Unfortunately the church and government were very successful in their assimilation efforts and it will be a very difficult journey to relearn the true culture handed down to us by the Creator and taught by our elders. Though many of our elders went to residential school and also need to relearn the original pure culture.

So after years of persecution and indoctrination by the churches to try and strip us of our original language/culture, they would better serve our people by letting us rediscover the unique gift given to us by the Creator.

The time of outsiders trying to tell us what’s best for us is coming to an end and we are beginning to do what we have always done best: look after ourselves in our own way.

By doing so we help set the example for all peoples of this earth to follow the special path laid out for each of them for the betterment of all.

Gunalcheesh.

Duane Gastant’ Aucoin

Teslin

Vinegar 

Stephen Robertson, you are a coward!

Richard Mostyn, you are a coward!

So are your writers.

Not even one of you had the intestinal fortitude to run in the election, but you think you know how to run our territory.

You think it is your responsibility to hold Dennis Fentie and crew accountable for whatever cause happens to suit you.

I say it is the responsibility of our voting public — like it or not.

If I have to choose between believing you or the government, it would be a tough choice.

My first instinct would be: neither of you, which is why I chose to run as an independent.

I may have only gotten 28 votes but that is 28 more votes than all of you put together. That, at least, gives me the right to question them.

You might take a lesson from Ducks Unlimited. It buys wetlands to stop them from being destroyed. All the others just yap.

If the Yukon News wants to make a difference, get involved! The more wetlands we save, the less our climate will change.

You might take a lesson from the Salvation Army. The workers there don’t claim to know everything, but they feed, house and clothe the hungry.

They try to set an example and challenge people to lead decent lives.

The less people in need, the better our society will be.

Finally, you catch more flies with honey than vinegar. I’m not sure what to do with the flies after I catch them but the scripture says, “A soft answer turns away wrath.”

The easiest way to take the wind out of somebody’s sails is not to argue with them.

If you print more stories about the good being done in the territory, you’d have more readers.

Dale Worsfold

Watson Lake

Good question

I’ve lost my case against a lawyer who, I believe, was unfair to me when I was a witness in a recent assault case.

The Law Society thinks it was OK for the lawyer to suggest that some past “psychiatric problems” could be relevant to my credibility.

Oh, really?

If it’s OK to try that without any supporting evidence, then what’s to stop the same thing any other time I have to go to court?

Stewart Jamieson

Whitehorse

YEC deserves applause

I am pleased to hear that the proposed hydroelectric line has been put on hold for the time being.

My concern in all of this is for the Selkirk people. Where do they fit into this proposal and what are their benefits to 2016?

More importantly, many Selkirk First Nation constitutional laws were broken in order to have this proposal passed.

The consultation process was not adequately followed and people are not fully aware of the benefits or consequences.

What is the government doing to ensure  proper procedure in land claim agreements implementation in matters such as this?

Are they ensuring that Yukon First Nation people are making the best decisions?

Consultation is key in any major decisions that occur on settlement land and, in this instance, it was done hurriedly and improperly in order to please the mining company.

Kudos to YEC.

Anne Mease, Selkirk First Nation beneficiary, via website