My least favourite inspirational quote is, without a doubt, Gandhi’s “Be the change you want to see in the world.”
It’s corny, it’s overused, it’s stale.
But it is also true.
If you want to see something change in your community, you have to do something about it.
I’ve said in a previous editorial that I fully support critical discussion online and in the media, and that one ought to make sure they direct their criticisms to someone who has the power to make a change.
Last week, Stewart Burnett submitted a letter to the editor criticizing town council. I applaud him for voicing his opinion because it has started a conversation online and in print that wouldn’t be happening otherwise.
That being said, writing a letter or talking about any issue online is only the first step.
If you are truly concerned about the state of your community, and you want to see change happen, you have a responsibility as a concerned citizen to make an effort to see those changes happen.
There are many opportunities in Inuvik for this kind of action.
Every other week at town council meetings, there is a designated time slot right at the beginning for public questions where any Inuvik resident can inquire about any municipal issue they are concerned about.
Aside from that, anyone can make calls to elected officials, volunteer their time to a cause, attend public consultations, the list goes on.
If you want to see a change, make a change – don’t just talk about it.