My name is Robert Pictou and I now live on the Chapel Island First Nation. And on the Chapel Island First Nation, I am considered an elder in that community. Traditionalism is the belief that the Creator put everything in this world for a reason. For man to live on, you know? This is what it is. And every man and everything that's put into this world has a spirit. The dogs have a spirit. The cats have a spirit. Everybody has a spirit. Everything has a spirit. If the dog and cat didn't have a spirit they wouldn't be alive. Grass that grows on your lawn, or anyplace, the greenness of it and the freshness of it, and the growth of it, that has spirit. The trees are always growing. The birds are flying. All the animals are around. They have life. Life is spirit. Once the spirit is gone, life is gone.
The mechanization of food and the process of food today is killing us. Everything that is going on today, they are fighting over the almighty dollar. And the old, old native people, way, way, way way back, they called these dollar bills we had at one time...they called them 'frog skins' because they were green, and it's gonna kill man. Another thing that the old native people used to say too: 'The long black snake...is going to claim many a life.' And a lot of people were asking, wondering about that. 'The long black snake - what is that?' The long black snake. The highway, the highway. And that's what's taking a lot of lives.