Canada, I can cite for you, 150 #Canada150

Canada,
 
I can cite for you
150
 
Lists of the dead
 
150 languages no longer spoken
 
150 rivers poisoned
 
150 Indigenous children taken into care last month
 
150 Indigenous communities without water
 
150 grieving in a hotel in Winnipeg
 
150 times a million lies
 
told to our faces
to steal our lands.
 
Canada,
 
I can cite for you
150
 
Forms of resistance
 
150 battles to the death
 
150 water warriors walking
 
150 naming ceremonies
 
150 ways we shake the ground with dance and song
 
150 tattooed expressions of sovereignty
 
150 times 2 million days faces were painted
 
with earth of this land.
 
Canada,
 
I can cite for you
150
 
Summers coming of resurgence
 
150 thousand babies birthed in ceremonies
 
150 thousand status cards burned
 
150 thousand youth marching for water
 
150 thousand children with braids and feathers in their hair
 
150 thousand Indigenous words being spoken without English
 
150 summers coming
 
of Mother Earth calling out to our hearts
 
150 summers coming
 
where you too, will finally come to understand
 
the power and spirit of these lands and waters
 
as our ancestors have known and have been trying to tell you for 500 years.
 
#WaterIsLife
#LandIsSacred
#Canada150 ?