Idle No More Week: Fred Arrance

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Blackrobe

 

Blackrobe, never will we forget

 

What your churches have done.

 

The effect on our parents and our families

 

       we will see.

 

Languages, customs, songs

 

Potlatches and drumming all forbidden

 

Did you think you helped us

 

With your schools?

 

The ways of the People

 

    with their connection to Mother earth

 

Will never die.

 

Healing has already started

 

Our ways are on a comeback

 

The heartbeat of the first People is alive again.

 

As our elders are healed

 

Our people become stronger.

 

-By Fred Arrance

 

This poem was originally published in Megaphone’s Voices of the Street.

 

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