First Nations culture deserves to be honoured

Story about drum awakening was inspiring, reader says

Re: The Beat of the Drums (Gazette, Dec. 23)

Thank you for this article. I felt very heartened to read about the introduction of the blessed drums and drumming to Shoreline middle school.

I also enjoyed watching the carving of the recently raised totem pole at Royal Roads University. I visited the carving shed many times, taking family and friends with me to see the work in progress.

I look forward to seeing and reading about future recognitions of the rich culture of our indigenous neighbours. I am grateful for their generosity, for sharing their ceremonies and traditions with us now, after so many decades of neglect and suppression.

I thank the many men and women who were courageous in continuing to hold their culture close to their hearts, to ensure that it was there for today’s generation of Canadians to celebrate and honour.

Meeri Stewart

Langford