I'll tell you what I've been saying for the last five years: Do not use reconciliation as a tool to divide Canadians. That is not what aboriginals want.
You saw it when churches were being burned down all across Canada recently. There were a number of first nations people, including myself, who went out there and said, “Do not burn down churches. Do not provoke civil disobedience over this. There's a better way to do it.” They included aboriginals who went to residential schools. There are a small number of people who want to see divisiveness in our country.
It took me a while to realize that. I'm proud to be from British Columbia and I'm proud to be Canadian, because I've looked all across the world at places that don't have it as good as we do. We have to remember that. It is a good country, but we can't let politics divide us. Please don't let the word “reconciliation” further divide the conversation that should be happening, not only here but all across Canada.