Living up to the future
Updated: Mar 17
I’m coming to you today from Dakwäkäda in the traditional territory of the Champagne and Aishihik First Nations.
I’ve been thinking a lot about the reasons that I want to run in the upcoming election.
I have three reasons I’m going to go into. There’s a great summary of it. It happened in my shop the other day. I had the grade 3-4 class from St Elias Community School come and visit. We looked at the table saw and talked about hearing protection and eye protection and all these things. A couple of days later I got letters from them. I thought, “This is it. This is the reason I want to run.” These kids. I think we are not living up to our responsibilities to them. I think we have work to do.
You know, when I was 16 I first came to the Yukon and paddled the South MacMillan River. And ever since then I have been in love with the North. I have had the opportunity to work in the high arctic for the last 20 summers. I’ve seen a lot first hand of the impact climate change has had on our planet and is continuing to have. And the fact is, we are not doing our part to help solve that problem. And we need to move forward thinking about food security, energy security. Thinking about what it means to be at the end of the supply chain here in the Yukon. So climate change is a real big issue for me.
I’ve grown up all over the place. I started out in Zaire and then Scotland and then Ohio. You know, I rode my bike through Central America in the days of revolution and I’ve seen a lot of different things.
I‘ve grown up with a feminist mother who has a disability and I don’t know that you can grow up the way I have and not realize that we are all equal, beautiful people, regardless of the colour of our skin, of our religion or our gender identity or the mistakes we may have made in our past or whatever it is. We are all equal and we are all beautiful. I think we don’t live up to that ideal. I think we have work to do on realizing that reality.
The third big reason that I have chosen to run has to do with when I was on municipal council. I realized how we seem to have forgotten how to talk to each other, how to listen to each other. Talking to each other, I think, begins with listening, it begins with listening to points of view that aren’t our own and that we may disagree with and try to understand the truth in those points of view. But it also begins with learning our own truths.
Several years ago a local man here who I have a lot of respect for said, “Dave, I’ve learned in this town that I can either have friends or I can say what I think.” You know what, I’m not OK with that. I think we need to be able to speak our truth and have friends. I think that is the key to learning to listen to each other. We have to be able to do both of those things.
Those are my main reasons. I’m super excited to be part of this team. I’m super excited to have Kate as our leader. Yeah. Let’s move forward.