I was visiting with Doug at South East Tribal Council and he told me this story:
"The folks at Sandy Bay First Nation (could actually be any Reserve) were having regular meetings with the federal and/or provincial representatives of health agencies. Health is a very important issue and concern for many Indian Reserves. The meetings are important so the Indians make sure to have an Elder present at the meetings for guidance and to offer Prayer."
"Anyway this Indians were having quite of few meetings with bureaucrats. With the bureaucrats its either the federal reponsibility when it comes to Indians but the province delivers health services. Each time it always comes down to who has jurisdiction. The feds will argue that health is a provincial responsibility. The province will argue that Indians are a federal responsibility. The Indians don't care who has jurisdiction they need the services of health programs like any other citizen. Damn bureaucrats always throwing out jurisdiction."
"At one of the meetings it was clear the Elder was getting upset. He was visiable shaking and getting angry. Finally he speaks out. "Where in the heck is these guy? Always talking about him and he never is here? Where is this George Dixon? Get him to the meeting." "
I laughed hard at this little story as I could just imagine that Elder outraged, cute. In this story the Elder is a man but it could have been a Woman in the story.
I think about a the old people and how cool they are. We know they have knowledge and are willing to share. We need to visit with them more.
Walter Bonise is a good man, I am lucky enough to know him. He visited my Dad years ago. Walter moved back to Edmonton.