Elijah Harper Dies

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jerrym
Elijah Harper Dies

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Elijah Harper, who became a symbol of power for Canadian aboriginals when he helped scuttle the Meech Lake constitutional accord, has died.

http://news.nationalpost.com/2013/05/17/elijah-harper-the-native-leader-...

kropotkin1951 kropotkin1951's picture

It is already being discussed in Bless Me Now With Your Fierce Tears.

Here are a couple of links that are not to the National Post which as a newspaper opposes justice for aboriginal people.

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Congress of Aboriginal Peoples National Chief Betty Ann Lavallee said Harper will be missed but never forgotten.

“As we all know Elijah was a great leader who stood up for what he believed in. His refusal to accept the Meech Lake Accord because it was negotiated without the input of Canada’s Aboriginal Peoples illustrates his unwavering commitment,” said Lavallee.

The Union of British Columbia Indian Chiefs said they were shocked and deeply saddened to learn Harper died.

“We shall never forget Elijah Harper’s courage, tireless commitment and deep sense of political integrity,” said a release. “We shall be eternally grateful to Elijah Harper for the tremendous contribution he made, in spite of great personal sacrifices, to defend the sovereign interests of the Indigenous Peoples of Turtle Island.”

As soon as news began to spread of Harper’s death people took to social media.

“I am saddened at the news of the passing of my friend Elijah Harper. Many people will be mourning today. I will be one,” said Murray Sinclair, chair of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission hearings.

http://aptn.ca/pages/news/2013/05/17/condolences-pour-in-for-aboriginal-...

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Following his active career in public service, Harper spent much of the rest of his life visiting First Nations, meeting with Indigenous leaders across North America, working with charities, and doing international humanitarian work.

http://aptn.ca/pages/news/2013/05/17/aboriginal-leader-elijah-harper-die...

 

 

 

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jerrym

A politician who stood up for what he believed in.

David Young

I met Mr. Harper in 1989 at the NDP Leadership Convention in Winnipeg, and I was utterly impressed with his sincere belief that the Meech Lake Accord had to be opposed.

I agreed with him.

My condolences to his family.

 

Ken Burch Ken Burch's picture

jerrym wrote:

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Elijah Harper, who became a symbol of power for Canadian aboriginals when he helped scuttle the Meech Lake constitutional accord, has died.

http://news.nationalpost.com/2013/05/17/elijah-harper-the-native-leader-...

And, of course, the comments section following that story is overflowing with(probably drunken)white supremacist bile.  Fair warning to anyone clicking on that link.

lagatta

I was going to say why is there so much hate-filled bilge whenever Aboriginal issues come up, but it is a rhetorical question.

Problem is, it isn't just the Post, the Sun(s) or Le Journal de Montréal - ou - Québec...

And as I'd said, he wasn't old at all. Not very many years older than lagatta, and younger than many friends who are fit sportif types. Aboriginal people and peoples pay the cost of dispossession in many years lost.

 

autoworker autoworker's picture

He is a hero to his people, and an inspiration to us all. I wish more parliamentarians were like him.

undecidedvoter

You have to wonder if not for his opposition to Meech Lake how the country would have changed had that gone through.  RIP Elijah, thoughts are with his family at this time.