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I watched with unexpected emotion as Barack Obama officially accepted the Democratic Party's nomination to the presidency (Obama Dares America To Dream - Aug. 29).

As a First Nations woman, I have been made aware of the barriers I will face in achieving my ambitious goals in both overt and subtle ways, by those who share my skin colour and those who don't. Never before has an event given me as much hope as seeing Mr. Obama speaking on that grand stage.

If a mixed-race man can be a candidate for president of the United States, what is there I cannot do? None of us should be naive enough to think the glass ceilings are gone. But we should all recognize that those ceilings have been weakened by those who banged their heads against them as they walked these paths before we even found them.

Mr. Obama's night has given new and tangible meaning to "equality of opportunity." Let's hope for the day we see that on this side of the border.

 

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