Tuesday, November 29, 2016

No Change in Sight

Portrait of a Dying People
1899 - Now 

This year we get less of a Christmas bonus
We don’t care. It is difficult to focus,
how our multi-million-dollar corporation
can’t find our worth in its operation

Nervously we smiled
We’re very thankful - we lied
Eyebrows furrowed
Our dignity borrowed

 We wailed it’s better than nothing,
 actually relieved at least it's something
Profits are low. Still council increased their salaries, we say
shouldn't they cut their pay

It's not us being greedy?
What about the members who are needy?
Who cares, we get a small Christmas bonus
Thank you! Good job chief and council, we say in chorus!

It matters not that what you give us is ours
like those settlers did from their towers
Took our culture, language and lands under the Indian Act
Yet we are grateful for what little they give back  

Our spirit is dying but we have no voice
because we are controlled by a force
governed by Indian Act chief and councillors
some of whom only care about power and controls

From the oppressors they learnt their lessons well
they didn’t fail and that is swell
they control the supporters
by withholding vital information that empowers

We Indian Act Indians are powerless
We better not question, lest they think we ask out of malice 
We’re dying on the inside don’t you see? 
All we want is to be consulted and to be free

Chief and council. Thank you!
 but I am sure you must realize tho
unless you stop treating us like children and give us real information  
 We'll never be released from the chains of residential school and colonization


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1 comment:

DUTA said...

The picture of the coin and your poem (both beautiful) remind me of a canadian blogger who has recently touched the subject of reconciliation and the first nations. I think the word 'reconciliation' is out of place in this discussion. Your people should stubbornly demand and get their land and culture back, at least partially, so that they could set up a country of their own. Colonialism is bad, but it happened, and full integration is probably not possible, so, independance would be the only plausible solution.

Israel, where I live, is a tiny piece of land, and yet the palestinians claim it is theirs and won't agree even to a paralel country of their own, preferring years of bloodshed and terror. But as the years pass, it becomes clear that they only want to keep on getting, "rights", not taking any sort of responsability, any constructive actions. Anyone involved will only loose in this situation, especially that the whole region is threatened by violence and instability.

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