I’m very lucky that my company instills a culture of coaching and making people better. We are all human, and we all make mistakes, but what is important is learning from those mistakes.
One of the valuable lessons that I’ve learned in my career is the importance of how to communicate with others properly: that there is a way to say something, or get your point across to them, so that they understand, learn and not be offended.
Canada 150 celebration came with people who made it a point on social media to publicly decry the plight of the First Nations people and how celebrating it was wrong and that they wouldn’t be part of it.
While what they stand for is right, how they go about it is 100% absolutely wrong. Why? Because it turns off their audience, resulting in apathy and resentment.
These people are essentially turning up their nose to everyone and saying “Pay attention to me, I’m better than you” and “You are wrong to celebrate.”
No one is going to listen to that noise.
What will bring about real change for the First Nations people:
– legislation by the government to spend money and resources to improve their circumstances
– this comes from educating those people in power (MPs, Members of Parliament) to be made aware of the importance of addressing those issues
– the people who put those people into power, the voters, must make their voices heard by the MP’s, not only in loudness, but in numbers
– the voters must care about this issue, be educated on this, and be willing to actively make their MP aware that their support/vote hinges on this issue and provide a solution to it
– people don’t care. They use empty words that they care, but there is nothing backing that up.
– people are barely educated on the subject and there is very little incentive for them to do that.
– it would require more than signatures on a paper to create change.
This is where Money, Time, and Effort comes into play:
– (if the person was educated on the issue and cares about it) they would need to spend the time educating others on the issue
– this requires effort because people either don’t care about or have the time to do anything about it
– it’ll require money (in the form of campaigning or time) to get more people concerned AND (more importantly) actively to pursue the issue
– it’ll also require knowledge and acceptance of future personal monetary sacrifice as well, for to address these issues, the government will spend the taxpayers money: they will either raise taxes, or divert funding from other areas (our own health, education, etc) towards it
99.9% of the population are voters (rather than MPs), and most are too busy and consumed with their own lives to spend time proactively learning about something new that has little to no impact on their own lives. The question is how to get these people to willingly educate these people on this subject AND make them do something about it.
Part of this process will involve the importance of changing from the passive vocal minority, and become the active vocal majority.
An example of this:
BLM (Black Lives Matter) is the active vocal minority.
Because although the vast majority of the population agrees on equality for the BLM values, the active members of BLM is a small minority of people. The people who support their ideals, but do almost nothing about it, myself included, are the passive silent majority. Being part of real progressive change for the BLM movement requires large-scale active support.
These people pushing Indigenous rights barely have the support of the passive silent majority because we aren’t educated about it. And when it does come up, it is not communicated in the right manner: it’s pushed in our face, designed to make us feel guilty.
Do you want action to come from guilt, which typically can be described as foot-dragging.
Do you want action to come from conviction and values?
In the end, we have two tasks ahead of us, becoming educated on this issue and finding a way to communicate it to everyone around us. This is the first step we must take before we do anything else, otherwise lawmakers will always be dragging their feet when it comes to progress for the Indigenous people.