Squamish Nation: Take Down the Billboards
March 19, 2012 § 1 Comment
I have been informed by North Vancouver District Council that the offensive billboards near the Ironworkers Memorial Bridge belong to the Squamish Nation. Each and every time I drive my those horribly ugly, lit-up monstrosities I get filled with anger and annoyance and I try to direct my eyes elsewhere. This is obviously not a great place to become distracted, since the highway bends right there and there are several on and off ramps in a row. If you combine all these factors with the fact that people are going at highway speed, I believe it is guaranteed that the billboards will be responsible for fatal crashes.
As a matter of fact, one of my old friends was nearly killed right there before there were billboards. He got on the highway on his motorcycle, hit some gravel, flew off his bike and was run over at full speed by a van. It just goes to show that this is a dangerous stretch of highway, even without distracting billboards.
Please tell me how much the Squamish Nation receives per year for the billboards. Secondly, I’d like you to tell me how much money the Squamish Nation believes a human life is worth. Is $10 000 per year enough to risk peoples’ lives? You must have come to some conclusion about this when you were debating whether to profiteer of uglifying our city.
I find it quite odd for me to be writing this letter to a First Nation, since my political stance and spiritual beliefs are more in line with Indigenous people than any other group. I must admit I was very, very surprised to find out that the billboards are on Squamish Nation land and that district council wants them removed. Have you taken a look at what corporations the billboards advertise for? One of them is General Electric, and it shows a jet engine. Did you know that General Electric is one of the biggest weapons contractors on earth? General Electric manufactures nuclear weapons. Not only does General Electric create weapons that fuel war all over the earth, they own half of NBC, a company that creates the news that creates the justification for war. General Electric earns huge profits, spent 84 million dollars on lobbying in 2011 but pays no tax. This is the corporation being advertised on Squamish Nation land, in full illuminated colour, a corporation that creates war with deception, the 4th worst polluter in the USA and tax evader. And if you think GE gives a damn about your interests as a First Nation you are dead wrong.
We’ve got to stop polluting our public spaces with commercial messages. I urge you, Squamish Nation, to look in your hearts and decide what you really support. Take down the billboards.