P> Nikole writes: Canada celebrates 150 years of Confederation today, this first day of July 2017. "150" events and posters are everywhere. There will be the usual fireworks, speeches, picnics. This is a country worth celebrating. But there is a dark side. The Native Peoples of Canada are taking this moment to point out that they don't have a lot to celebrate. The last government residential school closed in 1996. First Nations children were kidnapped from their people and often abused in these schools established to wipe out Native Peoples' culture. The memory is fresh. Treaties have been broken. Promises have been broken. People have been broken. Is there momentum now, at "150 years", to find justice and start change? William wrote:

Conflict with Aboriginals in Canada, Terror Alert in England

By William Markiewicz

Polish children’s poet of the 30s, Jan Brzechwa, wrote a verse about a centipede that was invited to the Biala (White). Having so many legs slowed down the creature’s travels. The front legs forgot what to do when the centipede directed its attention to the hind legs. When the centipede finally got all its legs to work together, the Biala had been repainted Zielona (Green) and the centipede had not been invited to the Green.

This metaphor reminds us of the elementary truth that promises have to be executed rapidly, otherwise the situation changes, people change, desires change and a simple problem becomes complex and troublesome. Had those promises given by authorities to the Native tribes been executed as soon as possible, we wouldn’t have this explosive situation today in Southern Ontario.

The simultaneous troubles in England remind us of other unnecessarily provoked situations. The wars in the Middle East and Central Asia brought masses of immigrants from those countries to the West with their heritage and passions.

The terror provoked by extremist elements will be handled and finally resolved not so much by the police and army as by politicians. Peace in the East may augur peace in the West.

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