The statue of a “Boy and the Shark” proposed to be erected at Stamps Landing has created a lot of controversy in the media about whether the location is appropriate for this sculpture, as well as the nationality of the artist.
Most people think that it is a wrong choice of location because of the pedestrian and cyclist traffic along a very narrow strip of space on the seawall. However, some object to the nature of this sculpture, and also that its creator is not Canadian.
I have no problem with this piece of “public art” and its artist, whether he is Canadian or not. Like “Médecins Sans Frontières”, art has no borders, and beauty is in the eyes of the beholder.
It would be great to have a piece of art created by an Indigenous artist to show off our First Nations heritage, but we should also be gracious enough to accept non-Canadians’ works of art.
Please do not bring the issue of “race” into the discussion of whether or not this sculpture should be erected there. It’s not the nationality of the artist that many people object to, it’s the location.
Kelly Ip, Vancouver
Learning our history will help with true reconciliation
Any Canadian with even an iota of compassion will be devastated by the deaths and mass burial of 215 Indigenous children, taken without consent from their homes and families and placed in the Kamloops Indian Residential School.
We are shocked and appalled by the neglect and abuse that resulted in these deaths. But will we do more? Will we support First Nations in their efforts to bring justice for the theft of their lands and resources, their children, their self-reliance, their dignity?
One way to begin this journey to true reconciliation is to learn about the historical relationship between Indigenous and colonizer cultures. And an exceptional way to learn that history is to read ’21 Things You Might Not Know About the Indian Act: Helping Canadians Make Reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples a Reality,” by Bob Joseph.
True reconciliation begins with an understanding of that shared, but deeply unequal, relationship.
Dina Hanson, Kimberley
Phone prescription renewals work well
This letter may be right for diagnosing a condition, but being able to renew prescriptions by phone improves health care. Not having to travel to a doctor’s office and sit in a waiting room full of sick people certainly improves my health. For all the patients who are otherwise well, but need life-long medications, allowing prescription renewals by phone is something we should continue long after this pandemic is over. It’s safer for patients and is good for the environment as well.
S.I. Petersen, Nanaimo
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