Published: Wednesday, 06/15/2005 12:00 am EDT

"Sometimes it seems to Indians that Canada shows more interest in preserving its rare whooping cranes than its Indians. And Canada, the Indians note, does not ask its cranes to become Canada Geese. It just wants to preserve them as cranes. Indians hold no grudge against the big, beautiful, nearly extinct birds, but we would like to know how they managed their deal." -- Harold Cardinal (Jan 3, 1945 - June 3, 2005), The Unjust Society. Harold Cardinal was a Cree writer and political leader who was instrumental in generating early opposition against Canada's policy of aboriginal assimilation.

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