October 26th, 2020

Piikani members have made significant contributions to society


By Letter to the Editor on July 2, 2020.

Most recently in the Saturday, June 20 edition of the Lethbridge Herald, National Indigenous Peoples Day was a featured section of the newspaper. National Indigenous Peoples Day is celebrated across Turtle Island (Canada) each year on June 21 as an opportunity to recognize and acknowledge the contribution of the Indigenous people to this country we call Canada.

While I do support The Herald reporting on this important national event, I noticed in the June 20 edition eight prominent members of the Kainai Nation (Blood Tribe) were featured for their accomplishments which is well deserving. However, as a proud member of the Piikani First Nation it was disappointing to not see any members of the Piikani community featured for their accomplishments. I remind the readers that the City of Lethbridge is in traditional territory of the Blackfoot Confederacy and is surrounded by two prominent tribes of Kainai and Piikani.

I am reminded that in Piikani we, too, have notable nation members such as the Honourable Karen Crowshoe, who sits as a Judge in the Alberta Court; family physician Dr. Lana Potts; Dr. Lindsay Crow Shoe, Associate Professor of Medicine at the U of C; Elder and former Chief Peter Strikes With A Gun, only to name a few.

The People of Piikani are a proud nation as we, too, have made significant contributions to our society.

Adam North Peigan

Piikani First Nation Band Member

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Citi Zen

Protesting and blocking the Keystone pipeline can hardly be construed as a significant contribution to society.

Tom Johnston

I look forward to the day when the contributions, sacrifices and lived realities of Canada’s Indigenous peoples are so baked into the public consciousness and the body politic that we don’t need a National Indigenous Peoples Day to to bring those matters to the attention of the general public.

grinandbearit

I am trying to find some evidence that the Honourable Karen Crowshoe, who sits as a Judge in the Alberta Court; family physician Dr. Lana Potts; Dr. Lindsay Crow Shoe, Associate Professor of Medicine at the U of C; Elder and former Chief Peter Strikes With A Gun, only to name a few, were protesting and blocking the Keystone pipeline, but my attempts came up short. Perhaps CZ could share their evidence?

If there is no evidence then this is a racist comment that has no place here.

Citi Zen

Quote: “The People of Piikani are a proud nation as we, too, have made significant contributions to our society.”
The Keystone protests were by the above mentioned “people” . Read the article!
How can they be proud of doing this?? How can you condone this??

grinandbearit

What article?

biff

the protests were decent and necessary. enough with the trashing of the planet. the sad thing is that it primarily being left to natives to be the good stewards of the land.

Keagan

However contributing to local businesses and government institutions that aren’t desperately chasing a dying industry does.