Art: Circle Paintings – A reflection

I’ve been processing the discovery of all the unmarked graves of Indigenous children buried at different Residential Schools across Canada: Painting. I volunteered at the Shingwauk Residential School Survivor Gathering in high school. I’ve always done my best to volunteer, present/speak at or simply attend these gatherings. They would also be a place of affirmation, […]

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Different Directions

Thinking about what this piece means to me. It means so many things. But what does it say? A friend said, “they are the residential school survivors.” And I think now I know what the answer is. They are residential school students, but not survivors. The little head on the shoulder. They’ve made it home […]

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Walking in Balance: A Reflection

This poem is a reflection of words spoken at the Association of Iroquois and Allied Indians  2020 Walking in Balance conference in London, ON March 8, 2020. These words were spoken by various speakers, facilitators, keynotes and by delegates at the conference. May this poem be used as for those helpers who are meeting people […]

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That Thermos Look

I used to have this boyfriend and a thermos cup. And one day the boyfriend said “Don’t look at me while you’re drinking your coffee.” Bewildered and hurt I said, “Why?” He responded with, “Because it’s the same look you give when you’re sucking a dick.” I threw away the thermos. And him a few […]

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YOU

You laugh without understanding the context of what is being said to you. You pay full price for tickets in solidarity that guarantees you a spot in spaces that others cant access. You feel better that I am out, so you can out me when you introduce me to others. Your BLANK friend. Your BLANK […]

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A Funny Native

I was asked to go be the master/mistress of ceremonies for a community event in Bkejwanong. I’m kind of new to the whole self-booking and making all the travel and lodging arrangements myself? Thanks to the big move on reconciliation and a new flock of Grey Owls, I usually just let whichever colonial agent do […]

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