Skip to main content

“I am a Canadian, free to speak without fear, free to worship in my own way, free to stand for what I think right, free to oppose what I believe wrong, or free to choose those who shall govern my country. This heritage of freedom I pledge to uphold for myself and all mankind.” ~~ John G. Diefenbaker

ADAM OLSEN -- Many people are experiencing deep conflict. Internal conflict with self ... external conflict with each other and with nature

I am deeply concerned with the state of relations with Indigenous people in British Columbia and Canada. The dysfunction is a result of decades of government policy.

To de-escalate the tensions that are simmering dangerously close to a rolling boil, leadership must come from the halls of Parliaments across the country.

In the past the solution has been to further divide people against each other, or ignore the problem in the hopes it will just go away.

Today, we are paying the price for those past decisions. They are the cause of the gridlock we now experience. We are at a pivotal moment in our history. We can ill-afford more division so we must take an alternative approach.

Whether your concerns are social, economic or environmental (or mix of them all), we are currently greatly diminished from what we can be.

Let's step back, breathe, embrace each other and commit to finding a way through this uncomfortable and confusing situation together.

[Hansard Video Transcript]

Let's acknowledge the mix of emotions that British Columbians and Canadians are feeling right now.

Confusion, frustration, anger, anxiety, fear ... Love, compassion, kindness and hope.

The pressure building on Indigenous and climate justice issues is immense.

The Indigenous justice issues before us right now are deeply personal for. The scale and scope of the challenge we face as a modern society expands far beyond the horizon.
Our political systems have conditioned us to take our spot on one side or the other. Unfortunately, it cannot be defined into this or that, for many people they are experiencing deep conflict.

Internal conflict with self. External conflict with each other, and with nature. It cannot be a question of whether you stand with me or you stand with them. 

Let's stand with each other.

For two decades I struggled with this identity crisis that we are enduring. When I reconciled that I was neither either/or, nor would I ever be, rather I was this and that. I found self-acceptance.

So, when we face conflict with ourselves, each other and the life-sustaining world around us, at the centre are relationships. Drawing lines in the sand and demanding we align ourselves on one side or the other does not improve those relationships.

Conflict is at the core of our political system. It's how we score points. It's how we evaluate and determine winners and losers.

When we are firmly on our side of the line it's easy to be overcome by confusion, frustration, anger, anxiety, and fear.

When we are sitting with a seat at the same table we can start to understand.

It's through understanding that love, compassion, kindness and hope emerge.

Adam Olsen (SȾHENEP) loves his job as the Member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA) for Saanich North and the Islands; he was first elected in May 2017.  Currently, he is the Interim Leader of the BC Green Party.

Born in Victoria, BC in 1976, Adam has lived, worked and played his entire life on the Saanich Peninsula. He is a member of Tsartlip First Nation (W̱JOȽEȽP), where he and his wife, Emily, are raising their two children, Silas and Ella.


Popular posts from this blog

THE SIDEWINDER -- Just quit your constant damned whining and do something positive about it

  Living in a democracy is a wonderful thing, but it comes with responsibilities such as voting and being involved. When the dust settled on Saturdays (October 24 th ) BC election, less than two thirds of the eligible voters * took the time to vote - but the loudest bitchers will probably be among the more than one third of voters who sat on their asses and complained about how all politicians are crooks, etc. How many of you constant whiners have ever done anything close to becoming involved; or do you just like sniveling to hear your own voice? Are you one the arseholes who likes to take advantage of everything our democracy has to offer, without ever contributing anything? And I don't want to listen to your crap about paying taxes, blah, blah, blah. There's more to making democracy work than simply voting and then sitting back and let others carry the ball for you. Too many people seem unwilling to get involved - and follow-up - to make sure elected po

AARON GUNN -- He is, at his core, an ideologue, meaning the facts of any particular issue don’t actually matter

Ben Isitt - City Councillor and Regional Director Victoria City Council and its resident-genius Ben Isitt is back with another dumb idea. Introducing a motion to ban the horse-drawn carriages that have coloured Victoria’s downtown streets for decades, calling them “an outdated mode of transportation”. Are you serious?   No one is actually commuting by horse and carriage. They are here for tourists and residents alike to interact with world-class animals and discover the magic and history of our provincial capital. It’s part of what gives Victoria its charm. And the truth is these horses are treated better than anywhere else in the world. They probably live better lives than many British Columbians.   And talk to anyone who works with these horses and they’ll all tell you the exact same thing: this is what the horses love to do. This is what they were bred for and trained for. This is what gives their lives purpose and meaning. But maybe we shouldn’t be su


I have just struggled through Cheryl Ashlie's column ( MacDuff’s Call: A political novice with a sizeable ego ), in the Sept. 22 edition of The Maple Ridge News. To say the least, Ashlie's comments are naive and show just how totally out of touch she has become with political reality. Ashlie lauds the decision of Darryl Plecas to accept John Horgan's invitation to become the Speaker of the House, a move described by almost everyone else as self-serving and a betrayal of the trust of the constituents who voted for him. Ashlie claims Plecas' turncoat move will help provide good governance but in making this claim, she fails to explain how he will achieve this lofty goal.


Show more