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CONTRIBUTION · 26th September 2011
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Terry McKay is proud to be from the Northwest.

“I was born in 1945 in Lax Kwa'alaams. My name is Suu Wii Lax Ha, Lax Skiikem Gitandeau of the House of Laax. I am a residential school survivor. I think the first half of my life was wasted because of those schools. I had one failed marriage up until 1972, much of that was my fault. In 1976, I met my present wife; we've been together for about 36 years.

"My journey back to the Red Road started about that time. I started to remember the teachings of my grandparents and the rest of my family, I am very grateful to them. I still have a way to go to learn our way of life, but I am proud of myself.

"Nowadays, I am asked to teach Indian culture and traditions at local Ottawa schools.

"Sept. 26/11, I will be opening & closing with prayer on Parliament Hill for the Indigenous Environmental network, in support of the protest against the development of the Alberta Tar sands.

"One of the ways I keep in touch with the Northwest is through the Terracedaily.ca and Rupertdaily.ca, every chance I get I tell people that I'm proud to be from that area. Hope to go back for a visit in the next few months”.

Canadian Press Reported that Protesters were already filing into Ottawa on Sunday for a showdown with the federal government over its support for the oil sands and a plan to build a giant pipeline from Alberta to Texas.

After the high-profile arrest of celebrities and about a thousand activists in Washington last month for their attempts to stop approval of the Keystone XL pipeline, Greenpeace and other groups hope to gain similar notoriety in Canada with a civil disobedience protest on Parliament Hill on Monday morning.

Already the plans for a sit-in have had a polarizing effect, with both Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver making a point of defending the pipeline late last week — amidst a flurry of press releases and news conferences denouncing the pipeline project.

Harper told reporters in New York that U.S. approval of TransCanada Corp.'s pipeline was a "no-brainer" since the project would bring thousands and thousands of jobs, and also ensure the United States would have a secure source of oil.

And Oliver hammered a Toronto audience with fact after fact about the benefits of the oilsands, saying he needs to set the record straight on the pipeline.

"Criticism of the oilsands — and now the proposed Keystone XL pipeline — is a major concern for us, with implications for our energy industry, our economy and our energy security," he said.

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