I've always liked the words of Chief Dan George known as “Lament for Confederation“
How long have I known you, Oh Canada? A hundred years?
Yes, a hundred years. And many, many seelanum more. And today,
when you celebrate your hundred years, Oh Canada, I am sad for
all the Indian people throughout the land.
For I have known you when your forests were mine; when they gave
me my meat and my clothing. I have known you in your streams
and rivers where your fish flashed and danced in the sun, where
the waters said 'come, come and eat of my abundance.' I have
known you in the freedom of the winds. And my spirit, like the
winds, once roamed your good lands…..
Will these words be repeated?
Saturday Nov 22
Chinese Cultural Centre
50 East Pender Street
-a free celebration of
aboriginal poetry is taking place from noon till 9 p.m.
The words of
Chief Dan George (shown here), George Clutesi, and Pauline Johnson will
be celebrated with readings, alongside appearances by Lee Maracle, Greg
Scofield, and others.