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Exactly who are 'they'?

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What a condescending headline is Idle No More: They're back (Aug. 15). Is it some sort of weak reference to the movie Poltergeist, which has been done a zillion times? Also, it instantly labels the protesters as "they" versus "the rest of us."

By the way, who are "they'? All aboriginals? Some aboriginals? Some aboriginals and some non-aboriginals?

If you show up at an Idle No More protest, are you now one of "them"? If I agree with some of the Idle No More points but disagree with others, am I "sort of them"?

The first step in understanding (not necessarily agreeing) is to stop labelling.

GERRY BAYER

Winnipeg

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition August 17, 2013 A16

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