January 17, 2013 · 5:44 PM

Dear editor,

Why should I feel guilty about land stolen from First Nations over 200 years ago? I wasn’t there; I didn’t do it.

Some 10 years ago in an article on the front page of one of our local newspapers, Chief Hardy of the K'ómoks First Nation was quoted as saying that it was bad enough that their lands were stolen from them but insult was added to injury when we went about destroying those lands with ill-conceived coal, gas, oil and forest mining operations.

And we continue to do so today.

Yes, I should feel guilty that I haven’t done everything possible to stop this reckless destruction of First Nations’ traditional territory and our own children’s heritage.

Idle No More.

Dave Ferguson,

Comox Valley