Today, I read a few tweets on my twitter feed claiming that PM Harper was named an “Honorary Chief of the First Nations Blood Tribe in Alberta”. I didn’t believe it until I actually saw PM Harper tweet it himself
Wait! Why am I even following PM Harper?! (Well I am not so sure about him actually tweeting it HIMSELF or some intern or student hired for the time being, but you get my point).
Then I noticed that he was given this title because of his 2008 residential school apology.
The article reads:
The honorary Chieftainship was requested by Blood Tribe Chief Charles Weasel Head in response to the heartfelt apology in 2008 by the Prime Minister to former students of Indian Residential Schools.
So what does this exactly mean then? Being given the opportunity to be named an “Honorary Chief.” The article further states:
Honorary Chiefs are expected to help promote the cultural pride of the Blackfoot and Kainai and all First Nations. They are expected to maintain the headdress with the highest respect and be an available resource to First Nations.
I don’t even know what this all means. Hmmm, do you think other nations should follow suit?
To read the 2008 residential school apology given by PM Harper himself click HERE.
To view the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada website click HERE.