This racism has got to stop

Opinion

To the Editor:

For the last year and a half, I have been very public and vocal in my support of the no pipe movement and the honouring of the Boat Harbour Act that calls for the closure of that facility on January 31, 2020. As president of Friends of the Northumberland Strait, I have given countless media interviews, including television, radio and podcast, spoken to many municipal councils, community groups and other organizations, conducted workshops and open houses. I think it’s safe to say that anyone who knows me, or knows of me, is aware of my stand on these issues.

Not once have I been the subject of attack for my position — either verbal or otherwise. I wonder — is that because I am white?

I am sickened and angry to hear of ongoing abuse and verbal attacks directed to members of the Pictou Landing First Nation because of the pending closure of the Boat Harbour treatment facility. The behaviour of those of you who choose to verbally attack someone from Pictou Landing First Nation simply because you are upset about the pending closure of Boat Harbour is WRONG and RACIST.

Come on, Pictou County, we can do better. Educate yourself about what is happening in our community. Don’t bury your head in the sand and think that it’s OK to ignore the reality of what’s going on here, and who is really to blame for the mess we find ourselves in. If you hear a friend, co-worker or family member blame someone from PLFN for this, please have the courage to stand up and set the record straight. Speak out and don’t tolerate racism in any form. Isn’t that the kind of community we all want to live in?

Jill Graham-Scanlan

RR 2 Scotsburn