My time is coming to a close. In the life I have lived, I have seen and been through a lot. From the days of the Act of “Union” (questionable title) forbidding every language except English, to my participation in the fur trade, to the later acceptance of the French culture. I have seen so many things go downhill and come back up again. But why do things never improve with the Aboriginal community?
Through the process of Confederation, it appears to me that the opinions of Upper Canada, Lower Canada, and the Maritimes have all been included. But the Aboriginals? We have never been asked for our input. How can we progress with Canada if we have not even been acknowledged? My understanding of Confederation is that it is supposed to unite us all as one. “Uniting our country” includes everybody, not just an exclusive group of people. The Indigenous communities are just as important as any other community part of the process of confederation. Why can’t we be included along with them?
I don’t think I’ll be around long enough to see the ending of this story. I do, however, hope that my people will soon be included in the uniting of our country. The Aboriginals deserve to be included in the planning of Confederation as much as anybody else. Confederation effects us all. Whether or not those in power will understand this and grant our wishes is a different story. At this point, I can only hope for the best. The best for my daughter and future generations of Cree, Metis, and all other Aboriginal peoples.
*Rosalie L’Hirondelle died on August 2, 1861.