Saturday, January 21, 2006

Looking Ahead At Tomorrow.......Part 3

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In My Life...........

I have learned that two wrongs don't make a right.

And

That sometimes being right doesn't matter........but being happy does.

I have learned that being happy has nothing to do with what's on the outside.

And

Everything to do with what is on the inside.

I have learned that life is too short to live everyday with worry and fear.

And

That to live means to live everyday with hope, courage and determination.

I have learned that being content with who you are has little to do with what other people think.

And

Everything to do with what you think and how you see yourself.

I have learned that sometimes in life we don't always get what we want.

And

That eventually we always end up with what we need.

I have learned that not all people in life are as honest and good as we would like them to be.

And

That it doesn't matter as long as we try to be the best people we can be.

I have learned that life is a never ending learning process.

And

That when we fail to learn a lesson we will continue to repeat the lesson until we do learn it.

I have learned that to depend on oneself is the only sure thing there is in life.

And

That depending on others can be one of life's biggest disappointments.

I have learned how to love.

And

That is one of the best things I have learned in my lifetime!

By Shelley Brant

January 21, 2006

Tomorrow.......

1. All native land-claims in Canada and the U.S. are settled fairly and equitably.

2. Native people in Canada and the U.S. have an equivalent standard of living as the the rest of the country.......currently a higher percentage of Native people live below the poverty line compared to the national average in both countries.

3. All Native people living in First Nation and Tribal communities have safe drinking water.......currently a large percentage of First Nation communities in Canada have contaminated water.

4. No more suicides and sustance abuse in First Nation and Tribal communities....currently they are both higher than the national average per capita.

5. Healthy, prosperous, self-sustaining communities....with Self-Government agreements in place that do not detract from the inherent rights of Native people and implementation by a healthy leadership.

6. Recognition of all Native inherent rights by all levels of government in both Canada and the U.S.......currently the rights recognized are only due to Supreme Court challenges that see victory.

7. Education that is now sub-standard in Native communities brought up to an acceptable level equivalent with the rest of the country......currently in Canada it will take 28 years for the gap in education on First Nation Terrtories in Canada to obtain the equivelent education as the rest of the country.

8. Native seats in the Federal Governments of both Canada and the U.S......currently Native people have no representation or say over the programs, policies and laws governing Native people.

9. Unity and networking between First Nations in Canada and Tribal Nations of the U.S......creation of inter-Tribal and First Nation trade network to foster economic prosperity.

10. Transfer of all natural resources located on Tribal Nation and First Nation lands to each Native community.......currently the governments located in both Canada and the U.S. claim the rights to all natural resources located on Native lands.

11. Total independance from all levels of government located in both Canada and the U.S.........currently most Tribal Nations and First Nations communities rely on the Federal Government for transfer payments for all program implementation, membership registration, land use and tranfer, project funds and approval etc.

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