I just read the article [on the Times Web site] about the Canadian and U.S. native veterans that held the mourning ceremony last Tuesday morning at the Nanicost grounds.
I generally do not send letters to newspapers but I feel compelled to share some of my thoughts. Please allow me to say that it was very heartening to read about this in your publication, as so often many things that are done by natives are largely ignored by the larger society.
Despite untold injustices suffered and incredible hardships endured, our native people still stand ready–as they have done for generation after generation–to defend these great nations of ours.
This printing of the story shows a level of genuine respect for other people that, I am ashamed to admit, thought was irrevocably lost. Sure, we have a long way to go as far as human rights and treating each other with respect (ask any person who is of “colour” and you’ll know what I mean).
Although military duty has meant that I live where “they” send me, I still wouldn’t live anywhere else. The tragedy, indeed, has affected all people, not just of North America, but of the whole world.
I totally agree with the statement that Seine River elder Jim Boshkaykin had made–“What we are doing will affect us, our children, and our babies who are not born yet.”
I just pray that cool tempers and calm heads prevail in the times ahead.
Best regards,
A. Patrick Desrosier
Anchorage, Alaska