Source: (2005) In Wanda D. McCaslin, ed., Justice as Healing: Indigenous Ways. Writings on Community Peacemaking and Restorative Justice from the Native Law Centre. St. Paul, MN: Living Justice Press. Pp. 170-176.

"As First Nations Peoples, we still have some distance to go to be free from the oppression we live under. While it is true that our sovereignty has not been extinguished and that partial victories have occurred to facilitate our existing powers of self-determination, much remains to be done. The politics and laws of Canada continue to contribute to our devastation. We can and must persist in our critique of colonialism, but we cannot rely on Canada alone to give us more power. Power comes from within and, though we continue to struggle for an explicit recognition of our rights, we cannot expect that the most important victories we achieve will be from any source other than ourselves." (excerpt))