January 1, 2020
By Markiss Jeanty
The Canadian Federal Government is not doing enough to help the Indigenous people with clean water and provide standardized water systems on and off reserves.
Firstly, water boiling advisories have been a big issue and there are too many in Canada. For example, in 2011 Attawapiskat declared inadequate housing including lack of running water in many dwellings. This should not be happening to the people on the reserves. I think the federal government should apply the Indigenous worldview that the land is sacred to Canada so that every Canadian on or off reserve can drink clean water. Overall, the land that First Nations people have to live on have bad infrastructure and no standardized water systems for them to use making their lives way harder when it shouldn't be.
Next, human rights have also not been met with the Indigenous people. I believe water is a human right for everyone and right now the government is not treating the Indigenous people with the respect they should. For example, they are not being given the money to have proper working maintained water systems violating their human rights. For instance, in June 2014, four First Nations groups filed a court case to the government for not providing them the basic necessities. Also, the Canadian Charter of Rights and the United Nations Declaration is not being meant due to discrimination based on race. The worldview that many truths are shaped by experiences should be honored because it's disrespectful and dishonest to say the government is trying to help when their water systems are not up to code as well as not getting enough money to fix the problem. Although the truth is different for the First Nations with their water crisis and they live far away from cities, the federal government should make their rights more of a priority because Indigenous people are not getting the same rights as everyone else and this is wrong.
Furthermore, the water in reserves is polluted with chemicals and this is bad. For example, a major problem the Indigenous people face is bad chemicals such as mercury which caused a lot of deaths among the Indigenous people and caused stomach ailments, infections to the skin, urinary system, ears, and eyes. The Indigenous people are humans just like the rest of us and should be treated like it. The government is showing no compassion or motivation to help with the water after seeing the effects it causes with skin infections, stomach ailments, and people dying from mercury poisoning. If the government operated from the Indigenous worldview that humans are a part of the world they would be more willing to help out the cause rather than making excuses to not help at all.
Lastly, the gap in funds for making water systems and maintaining water systems has been unacceptable to the Indigenous people. The gap in funding is $1.8 billion dollars for the water systems to provide clean water. The government has ignored this issue for too long and people need to understand that this is a major problem and should be solved quickly. Many people had to live in poor conditions with minimal help from the government. Amassing wealth is important for the good of the community that's a worldview the Indigenous people stand by. They share everything and help out everyone in the community for the better, while the government is giving away money to causes that are not as severe as the water crisis.
In conclusion, the federal government needs to open their eyes to what's happening to the crisis happening to the Indigenous people and how worse it can become if the problem is not resolved.
December 1, 2019
By Anna Berglas
It’s that time of year… the craze to get the first prom dress “reserved” has started. Tensions are rising, wallets are emptied, year long friendships are suddenly destroyed after similar colour taste... grade 12s have entered the lawless land of prom dress shopping.
Sometimes it seems like the Nepean prom dress account exists to haunt me. I can be shamed both for following it, and not following it. What do I do? Am I buying into the pettiness of entitlement by spending hours talking about expensive outfits? Or am I respecting tradition by dissing dresses with my friends?
This might be a very important night, but nothing can top the night I discovered adding hot chocolate and coffee powder into one mug (a life changer!) and I was wearing jeans and a T-shirts. Then again, my mother will keep prom photos (aurgh) for eternity, so I must choose a non cringy dress. From that viewpoint, the stakes have never been higher.
Lots of people stress the importance of having a unique dress. But all the dresses on the account look pretty similar to me. I’ve resigned myself to the fact that I'll be pretty much unidentifiable in all the photos anyway.
As I’m writing this, nhs_promdresses has 20 posts. By the time I finish, there will be another one. I wake up, and five have been posted. I’m afraid to leave my phone off for longer than twenty minutes in case all prom dresses ever are taken. It’s a mad race, and I’m already falling behind.
Maybe I’ll wake up tomorrow and will realise the insanity of prom dresses (and an account dedicated to the restrictions of options) is some elaborate social experiment. If so, I’ve failed. No matter how much I deny it, I look forward to each new submission with barely suppressed excitement. Ok, it seems like I’m no better than the rest of the senior grade. Avoid black dresses, people! That’s my colour!