By Ivan Drury
By Karl, Nisga’a Nation, suite 102 5025 Imperial Street Burnaby BC
By Mohammad, temporary resident of suite 103 5025 Imperial Street, Burnaby BC
By Marvin, temporary resident of suite 106 5025 Imperial Street Burnaby BC
As long as I’ve been an adult and conscious as an Indigenous activist, Art has always been there. I didn’t know him as well as a lot of people in this room, but he had a huge impact on me and I learned a lot from him. Some of the things I learned from him were the importance of understanding Canadian law. A lot of the things I now take for granted, the Royal Proclamation of 1763, the British North America Act, understanding the dangers of Fee Simple property on reserve lands– these tools of Canadian law that have been used to dispossess us, I learned them from him originally. In understanding out struggles as Indigenous people and land, Art showed us that we need to think beyond reserves. It’s now something I take for granted but it was something I learned from Art.