Editor, the Times:
After reading Robert T. Rock's last two letters to the Times regarding First Nations and the Idle No More movement, I felt compelled to offer my rebuttal.
His lack of relevant research presented to support his position, along with his prejudiced and inaccurate stereotyping of these people show his lack of knowledge on this topic.
It is ironic that the person whose letters consistently contain his own whining, would accuse others of whining. Nowhere does he mention what led to the Idle No More movement.
Instead his letters only share his ignorant and harmful views. The only statistic or 'fact' he points out is that 62 per cent of people agree with him. Is this to show us that he has a herd mentality?
It would have been more useful if he had given us his views on the questionable legality of the implementation by the federal government of bills C45 and C38, considering this was the impetus for the Idle No More movement.
Another relevant point he ignores is how these bills go against the UNDRIP (UN Declaration of Rights for Indigenous Peoples). His letters only show he feels it's okay to take for over 200 years and then not give back, as he considers that reverse racism.
How does one make up for centuries of injustice without giving back? I say it is more reasonable to limit the paying back to a period of 200 years, to be fair.
I totally support Idle No More, as they are looking out not only for First Nations children but also the rest of the citizens of Canada who want to see the waterways protected.
Ken Garrett Abbotsford