ROSE HENRY ON HER IDENTITY AS ‘A FIRST NATIONS WOMAN’: MOVE FORWARD WITHOUT RETALIATING: ‘I have learned that it is okay to question some things like this statement made by Gregory who I have had the privilege to be a part of a few campaign team participant.’

Rose Henry

ROSE HENRY, VICTORIA CITY COUNCIL CANDIDATE IN BYELECTION 2010

(Victoria Times Colonist photo)

 

ROSE HENRY WRITES TO GREGORY HARTNELL

ON HER IDENTITY AS ‘A FIRST NATIONS WOMAN’

 NONRETALIATION,   COMMUNITY COLLABORATION,

HER ‘BEST INTENTIONS’ AND NOT WANTING TO EVER HURT ANYONE…

SHE ALSO CHRONICLES  HER RECENT HARDSHIPS, PROBLEMS ENDURED, ONGOING STRUGGLES  

DURING AND AFTER THE VICTORIA BYELECTION-REFERENDUM CAMPAIGN, ‘IN HER OWN WRITE,’

AS JOHN LENNON MIGHT HAVE PUT IT…

 

This is the type of battle that I have had to endure during this campaign in addition to learning that there were a number of my former supporters departing and showing there support for Marianne, then people attacking my personal possessions and judging me a lot for the way I dress.

What people have not seen is the commitment that I have shown this community to improve the quality of life for everyone in Victoria and in the province.
I everything thing that I have done has been for the long term not the short term.
I have learned that it is okay to question some things like this statement made by Gregory who I have had the privilege to be a part of a few campaign team participant.
 
Throughout this all candidates campaign I have always but my best intentions forwards and never ever meant to hurt anyone.
To judge me on my third person writing shows how I have tried to be inclusive with all of our communities and remain in a non-judgemental way.
Building community collaboration with consultation of all people has always been my best intention.
This part I will claim because I do not think that I have been heard by a lot of people because of my identity and what I represent.
I know that I represent the poor and the illiterate, and the unhoused because this identity.
I also have learned how to speak the truth as I see it and that every time I awake in the morning that I take the risk on a daily basis because of this identity.
I have learned to live with a certain level of verbal abuse that I now no that I do not need to accept.
As well as I have learned to process stuff like this and continue to move forward without retaliating. 
Around my ability to make clear concise decisions I will admit that this would have been a challenge but it was a challenge that I was prepared to step up to and will continue to do so until there is some one else who is better than me to speak and to hear about all issues that effect all of us.
I really do think it is time that we start bridging the gaps between all parties and that I a First Nations Woman deserves to be heard and treated with respect; and I will say I am sorry if the issues that I represent or speak about hurts anyone.
They where never intended to do this they are intented to make people aware of how much neglecting these social issues are hurting all of us.
WE are all paying for the negliance of a lot of social issues that are curable.
So, if it was not for me and several other people pushing these issues to the forfront many people would have not benefited from our work.
So just like I have been doing I will conitnue to do my darnest to do so in a non judgemental way.
 
I do want to acknowledge that these tactics have had some success on my campaign but there has been a lot of inoccent people being victimized in these statement.
These people are good people with dammed good hearts who do not deserved to be assaulted in this manner.  

 

 

EDITOR’S NOTE: THIS IS A TRUE COPY OF EMAIL

FROM THE  RECENT VICTORIA CITY COUNCIL CANDIDATE

ROSE HENRY TO CCC FOUNDER GREGORY PAUL MICHAEL HARTNELL

IN RESPONSE TO HIS RECENT ALLEGATION THAT A GROUP CALLED

‘THE ROSE HENRY CAMPAIGN TEAM’ RAN A RACIST CAMPAIGN ON HER BEHALF.

 

CCC HISTORY 2010

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4 Responses to ROSE HENRY ON HER IDENTITY AS ‘A FIRST NATIONS WOMAN’: MOVE FORWARD WITHOUT RETALIATING: ‘I have learned that it is okay to question some things like this statement made by Gregory who I have had the privilege to be a part of a few campaign team participant.’

  1. Homeless Guy says:

    Her attempt to get voted in based on her race was disgusting, we are supposed to judge on content of character not colour of skin.

    I feel betrayed. This is pure racism.

    I commented here before, you might be more conservative than I am, which is pretty rare. Keep up the good fight Gregory. As for why I am homeless, I’m dealing with a bad habit I should have dealt with long ago, and am not far from getting my own place and getting back to being a productive member of society. People like Rose make things worse for homeless people, they say they advocate for us but all they do is demand and take, take, take, with no recognition that homeless people are actually treated pretty well here. I’ll have more to say on that.

  2. Pingback: Apology, thanks and blessings to Rose Henry from Gregory Hartnell « GREGORY PAUL MICHAEL HARTNELL

  3. Carlos Flores Sr. says:

    Dear Sir:

    I’ve read your recent offensive letter directed to my friend Rose Henry.

    Your poisonous words are not a rebuke to her political platform, but a personal attack about her intelligence, her ancestry and her literacy skills. I’m dismay at your elitist, disrespectful and personal attacks to Rose. However, I should not be surprised since the same attitudes are a constant paradigm found in the physical and cultural annihilation of First Nation peoples in Canada.

    Rose is not a racist, but the survivor of a racist, violent, excluding and class-based society that imposed its will by the barrel of the gun, outright theft or religion.

    Sir, Rose Henry is the most qualified, honest, respected, humble and dignified person I’ve ever known to run for office: she is not a fake, she is REAL.

    Your personal attacks only make you smaller in the eyes of the general public who recoils in disgust when confronted with comments like yours.
    Rose speaks from the heart and is a real person, advocating for real issues.

    Rose is a proud First Nation person and I feel privileged to be her friend and comrade.

    I could certainly continue expounding on the content of you vitriolic and farcical blog, but I do not want to extend any further credit to your vacuous and offensive ranting. I see you as a belligerent and a tendentious little man looking for a tribune to spit his social inadequacies on.
    Do us a favour and pick a real issue, even a greater one: GO AWAY

    In conclusion, I must agree with you when you say:

    “BUT I ADMIT THAT I SOMETIMES GET A BIT WILD IN MY ENTHUSIASMS, A BIT ROUGH, A BIT RUDE, LACKING IN PRUDENCE AND SOMETHING ELSE THAT I ACTUALLY VALUE VERY MUCH AND THAT IS ‘COMMON SENSE”
    Letter from Mr. Hartnell to Susan Wood

    Respectfully,

    Carlos F.
    Saanich

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