I saw an announcement by federal government representatives on how an eligible senior would receive additional monies to offset the Covid-19 situation. I think this is a disgrace to the seniors living up North as this is like a drop in the bucket, as the saying goes.
These special people have endured a way of life we have forgotten about. Through their experiences of hardship, they have carved out a vision for us younger people in maintaining hope, resilience, patience, giving and absolute inclusiveness. I sure hope this generation shows the respect and appreciation for these special ones who gave us the IQ principles to guide us.
Nunavut Day has come and gone and do we really know and understand why we celebrate it? Some of the people who worked so hard in the development and implementation of our own governance are gone now. My late father John Maksagak was one of these individuals who sacrificed much but put his whole heart into the inception of this land of ours. I celebrate him and all his colleagues living and resting.
The federal government was part and parcel in this transaction but do not seem to appreciate the willingness of Nunavummiut to govern themselves, a sparse population, across the vastness of Nunavut. The hand of colonialism needs to be acknowledged and broken.
For those who were in residential school may remember this prayer we said before each meal; “Lord bless this food to our use and us to thy service, and keep us ever mindful of the needs of others.”