Maybe I have written enough about our friends, but I really don’t think so. Too many non-Indians judge all of the native Indian people by a few who do become ”undesirable”. Isn’t that just like in the Caucasian race, but here the whole race is not judged because of a few drunks or undesirables.
At the time when we were busy with the Native people We were censured by very close relatives. They said, “You spend too much time with the Indians.” They had no idea what those Indians were really like, but they were ready to condemn them.
So one day we had Chief Dan George with us, and were heading out to Langley to let him meet someone… but stopped off along the way at our relatives’ home. Well, you should have seen the change in their attitude! Was it because he was a Hereditary Indian Chief, or was it because he was an actor who had won awards, or was it because he was our friend? Your guess is as good as mine, but I don’t think it was because he was our friend!
I’d like to introduce you to some of our friends.
Audrey Rivers, Percy Paull’s sister, (and my sister) A very sweet lady. Her friend in Squamish had phoned her, all upset because her daughter had gone to Vancouver, and was missing. Audrey called the police in North Vancouver, and was treated with scorn and ridicule. They said “just go and look on skid road, and you’ll probably find her there.”
Audrey was devastated, and called me. “What can I do, Norma?”
I phoned the North Vancouver Police and talked to the head man, and demanded an apology for Audrey… and she got it. And then they put in the effort and found the missing girl.
There’s Dan George, and his dance troupe who came out to Guildford and entertained … no charge… just out of the goodness in their hearts.
And Bob George, who calls me his sister! I love that guy!
And let me show you our friend, Chief Dan George, who we knew long before he became an actor.
These are some of the people who enriched my life and I am ever grateful for the gift of their friendship.