Pain still felt by aboriginals

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Britain's Prince Charles along with his wife Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall

Editor: I see that Prince Charles will be shown the province’s first wilderness park in the Bonshaw Hills.

I trust the premier will bring him to the new stretch of the Trans-Canada Highway. I am sure the prince, who is well known for his interest in the environment, will be as upset as many Islanders with the terrible environmental damage done to the streams, West River and to the 250-year-old hemlock grove in the Bonshaw area. It was a sad sight to see the provincial government call in the RCMP to stop the protesters by using weapons of war and dragging women from the protest area.

Our people still feel the pain of the British Crown’s attempts to exterminate the Mi’kmaq. It is disgusting to discover the Royal Family, at the expense of hard-working Canadians, live in luxury that many of us can only dream of.

And now, this expensive trip to Canada, which will cost the province $100,000 and cost the federal government more than $1.7 million. Costs are also very high for Canadians as they pay out $40 million to $50 million annually to support the monarchy of the United Kingdom.

I am sure the majority of Mi’kmaq People, as well as the indigenous peoples of Canada, are resilient warriors, we have suffered at the hands of the British Crown and Canadian government that includes detrimental apartheid policies still in place to this day.

We are happy to announce that despite all of that has happened to us, and is still happening to us. We live in hope that soon the Canadian people, our governments, as well as the Crown of the United Kingdom, will honour and implement treaties made with the British Crown and which have been inherited by Canada.

I hope the royal visitors will realize and admit that the deafness of the Crown in the 18th century, and that of the federal and provincial governments, as well as the British Crown, towards the original owners of Canada to this very day, is not something to be celebrated.

Dr. John Joe Sark,

Keptin of the Mi’kmaq Grand Council,

District of Epekwitk (P.E.I.)

Organizations: Trans-Canada Highway, RCMP

Geographic location: Canada, Bonshaw, United Kingdom West River Epekwitk

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