Photo: Bill Metcalfe

LETTER: Hopes for a better society

From reader Charles Jeanes

Two huge events made a mark last month: the federal election, and B.C. adopting a declaration on the UNDRIP regarding Indigenous peoples’ rights.

I am appalled at the election results but cannot be surprised. Canadians live well by any measure relative to billions of people on this planet and our election reflects that we do not want the status quo to change. Naturally we neglected the enormous issues of climate justice, reconciliation with natives, and the urgency of a new, post-capitalist economy. We chose business as usual.

As for our dealings with aboriginal people, the possessors of this land we call Canada before Europeans colonized it: no amount of fine words can reverse history. Will the unceded-and-stolen lands of B.C. now be compensated for? Will natives get justice? Well, there are precedents in history. They suggest the answer is a simple no.

As our old planet spins on and its climate changes and the dominant species lives according to its nature, one must be both realist and idealist. Know what is probable and prepare to make the best of it. Be loving and compassionate because that is best, and we live in a rare place where we can still hope to construct a better society on ample material foundations.

Charles Jeanes

Nelson

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Lead found in Nelson, Creston and Salmo schools

Fourteen water fountains tested for higher than accepted lead content

UPDATED: Man dies in backcountry near Whitewater Ski Resort

The victim was found unresponsive in a tree well Friday

Small, Little to represent Kootenays at mixed curling provincials

The pair won the regional playdowns last weekend in Trail

Nelson asks RDCK for clarity on recycling costs

City paid $216,217 to collect rural neighbours’ recycling in 2019, wants to see the math

Prominent Slocan Valley environmental activist dies

Marilyn Burgoon was ‘tough and determined’

VIDEO: The Library Rock(s)

Friends and fans of the Nelson library packed the Capitol Theatre Friday to celebrate 100 years

Warm ‘blob’ could be behind mass starvation of North Pacific seabirds: study

Unprecedented death toll raises red flag for North American marine ecosystems

VIDEO: Vancouver Island mom shares ‘insane’ experience of viral dinosaur video

Tabitha Cooper filmed her costumed sons meeting their grandma at the Victoria International Airport

ICBC to bring in ranking system for collision, glass repair shops

Change comes after the much-maligned auto insurer has faced criticism for sky-high premiums

‘It was just so fast’: B.C. teen recalls 150-metre fall down Oregon mountain

Surrey’s Gurbaz Singh broke his leg on Mount Hood on Dec. 30

B.C. woman crowned the fastest female marathon runner in Canadian history

Malindi Elmore ran an incredible 2:24:50 at the Houston Marathon

Alberta bulldog breeder ordered to refund B.C. buyer over puppy’s behaviour

Tribunal ruled a verbal agreement to send a new dog superseded the written contract

Cariboo Memorial Hospital on the mend after cold weather wreaks havoc

Burst pipes and water leaks cause three different incidents

Most Read