COLLINS – Do we really understand reconciliation?

(Image: Courtesy Carol Linnitt, The Narwhal)


I have long been an advocate for minority rights, especially those of Indigenous peoples. I am supportive of almost all of their efforts to gain what is rightfully theirs.

I grew up in Terrace and Prince Rupert, in the territory of the Haida — Tsimpsean, as they were known then — along with various other Nations.

In the summer, I worked for the Department of Indian Affairs, travelling from the Islands of Haida Gwaii to the country north of Prince George.

It was hot work, but the upside of the job was being able to access some of the most beautiful country in the world and meet some of the finest people I have ever met.

I also saw things that would tear your heart out.


Doug Collins has had a wide background in the broadcast industry, having done virtually every type of news and sports broadcasting, including news anchor, sports play-by-play, and editorialist. His “One Man’s Opinion” aired on TV from 1973- 2013. He retired from his management roles in the station in October, 2018, but continues to write his column. In 2019, Doug was awarded the Freedom of the City.

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