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Utter claptrap

Dear Mike:

I'd like to take a minute to respond to last week's column from the publisher (“Don't be ashamed of our colonial past”).

If you'll recall, I've previously referenced your writings as utter claptrap. You've given me the opportunity to do so again, Mr. Publisher. Thanks.

Let me reiterate what seems to be your position on the Colonization Road debate: my grandparents had a pleasant experience when they were settling into this community so I don't see what the fuss is about.

I'm happy for your grandparents, Mr. Publisher. I'm glad to hear that they had a good time. However, I must state what I thought was the obvious. Not everyone else had such a hunky dory experience with colonization, gosh darn it.

To some, the word colonization represents residential schools and the systemic destruction of culture by our own government. To some, it stands for treaties that were signed many years ago and remain unfulfilled.

To some, it stands for land that was stolen rather than shared in a respectful manner, as was originally understood to be the agreement by its first peoples.

To this end, it is my belief that we all benefit when everyone walks the path of life together.

If those in our community are expressing their concerns about this issue, are their opinions not valid just because you don't understand where they're coming from?

I'd like to quote a line from Louis CK in his hit television sitcom “Louie" here: "When someone tells you that you hurt them, you don't get to say that you didn't.”

I think there is a healthy and meaningful debate that can be had on this subject, Mr. Publisher. But let's try to keep that discussion level-headed and try to strive for an accurate understanding of the issue at hand.

Let's not pretend like colonization was sunshine and roses and sparkle dust. You missed the point here. Way to miss the point big time there, bud.

Lovingly yours,

Matt Soprovich

Fort Frances, Ont.

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