David Onley, former CHUM broadcaster and now Ontario’s Lt-Governor, dropped by the Kanihote Library on Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory near Belleville the other day. He was there to boost literacy on Indian reserves and urban communities, Métis communities and settlements, and Inuit villages and hamlets. He was following up on the work of the previous Lt-Gov, James Bartleman. There’s no negative here. Education, learning, libraries are all good for the heart, mind and soul.
Here at home, we are in desperate need of a library. We live about 40 kms from one of Canada’s largest cities and hubs of communications, a city with four major universities, a dozen or so community colleges, massive libraries and museums. Yet, we have no library. Nor do the neighbouring villages and towns. Pretty sad.
But to commit to making possible in many other native communities what a few hard-working and committed people have done at Kanihote at Tyendinaga, with their sweat and volunteered time… Well, that’s just amazing.
You’re a good man, Onley.