Idle No More Week: Fred Arrance

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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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