Georges Erasmus offers a native view of Canada's future
Georges Henry Erasmus has a dream: Self-government for the native peoples of Canada. The charismatic native leader has devoted his life to fighting tirelessly for the right of his people to control their own lives and the land they live on. From his early days as the president of the Dene Nation or as the co-chair of the historic Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples, Erasmus has never swayed from his vision. It's a dream that has yet to be fully realized.
Erasmus believes Canada can be a real leader in native issues and urges Canadians to make a difference. He concludes his lecture by saying he is hopeful that native rights will be fully recognized -- if not in his lifetime then during his son's life. The man who has dedicated his entire life fighting for native rights remains undeterred in his vision.
• Erasmus is currently (2002) the president of the Aboriginal Healing Foundation. The organization aids those coping with the legacy of physical and sexual abuse suffered at residential schools. He currently resides in Yellowknife.
Program: CBC Television News Special
Broadcast Date: March 8, 2002
Guest(s): Georges Erasmus
Last updated: January 30, 2012
Page consulted on September 10, 2014
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