Friday, February 26, 2010

Tewanee Joseph Is An example our Opposition Leaders Should Follow

Tewanee Joseph (left), executive director of the Four Host First Nations, said the 2010 Games changed Canadian attitudes about First Nations and that's only the beginning.

"I think the legacy will really be (for) us to carry it forward and new relationships to addressing the things like poverty and suicide and other things," Joseph said in an interview. "If we come together on a world stage like this, we can tackle those challenges and I think we can contribute more significantly to this country."
Joseph envisions a very different aboriginal community 10, 20 and 50 years from now.Turtle Island Native Network

Helping the four host First Nations with the Olympic legacy are cash payments from the federal and provincial governments ranging between $20 million and $30 million each.

Since 2003, aboriginal businesses have received $56.7 million in contracts, a 2010 Aboriginal Youth Legacy fund has benefited by more than $56,000 and 96 First Nations artists from across the country have been used to produce permanent art as part of the Venues Aboriginal Art Program. -Terri Theodore, The Canadian Press 26/02/2010

 Do you think this leadership is missing from our opposition parties in our Parliament who prefer to use publicity stunts?


Anonymous said...

and what sport did he participate in?

CanadianSense said...

If you read the post, he is responsible for negotiating a legacy agreement and working with the all levels of governments in moving his people ahead to take advantage of the future. This post is about his leadership and vision and hoping our political leaders in opposition step up and follow his example.