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Canada 150 Lament

/ 97.3 The Eagle
              It’s been 50 years since Chief Dan George stunned a crowd of 32-thousand people at Vancouver’s Empire Stadium with his powerful Canada Day speech, “A Lament for Confederation.” Friends and family of the acclaimed actor and former Tsleil-Waututh Nation chief are urging Canadians to reflect on his message as the country celebrates its 150th birthday. The speech mourns the loss of freedom, land and dignity that came for indigenous people when white settlers arrived and urges First Nations to seize the white man’s education and skills to rise again. His grandson Rueben George says there has been little progress in how Canada treats Aboriginal Peoples but First Nations have risen up in many of the ways his grandfather predicted, including by becoming politicians and judges.

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