301 Moved Permanently

301 Moved Permanently


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O Canada

this land rich with resources
oil is the blood extracted minute by minute
gold is the treasure extracted from occupied land
diamonds is a girl’s best friend extracted from a dead man’s grip

O Canada

your rivers once ran free
your lakes once ran clear
your oceans once ran with the mighty salmon

now, the water is brown
backed up with waste
nuclear and sewage,

O Canada

people rise up
together they stand, united
like the many strands of hair
braided they are one

people cry out in protest
a plea to use reason
and common sense

to stop the clear-cutting
to stop the destruction of sacred land
to stop the extracting of oil
to stop the contamination of the water

O Canada

the people are protesting
and are targeted by the police
who attack from horse back
hiding behind black shields they pepper spray
and dragging the people down to prison
in plastic hand cuffs
because they are standing up for their human rights
and it has always been about the land

the people are protesting
in grassy narrows,
the tar sands in Alberta,
the streets in Toronto, Vancouver, Montreal
Ottawa and all the places in between

O Canada

men are taken for a ride
by the RCMP
in the middle of the night
they are left on the side of the road
in the middle of winter
anyone who knows you

O Canada

knows that the winters are cold
frost bite freezes beneath the skin
and the men are carved in snow

O Canada

women are missing
across the land
no one sees them
they are shadows that disappear
in the first ray of light

no one hears them
screaming, yelling, pleading for help
from busy streets
aunties, sisters, mothers, daughters
and grandmothers
are missing
are murdered
on your stolen land
and there is no one who witnesses anything

O Canada

the water is contaminated
in Kashechewan, the people broke out in a severe rash
like a wild fire spread across the community
isn’t water a human right
doesn’t it say this in our treaties that are signed
by your sovereign and encoded in the wampum belts

O Canada

there is a grandmother walking around the great lakes
the rivers, the creeks and people are joining her
from the four directions
they are praying for healing
they are protecting the rights of Water
this human right is not only for us but for all life
and when grandmother Josephine walks
with women, men and children
they are in danger
because people do not understand how important this is
how important water is to sustain life
some of the people are ignorant

O Canada

is it your fault
for not offering a proper education to the young
the old
and the newly stated canadians

I can’t help to think about how insidious
this canadian history really is
and how young children in residential school were traumatized
in their minds, bodies, and spirits and now suffer from ptsd
one day people will wake up
to a truth that you can’t ignore
the dots will be connected
because this is a war on the people
not only from this land
but from all lands
this is colonization
and this practice has its own roots
spreading as far back as already known to you

O Canada

you are an active participant in the making of this history

O Canada

we will be no longer waiting for you to decipher the prophecies
because the fire has been lit
and the people are rising
rising
rising to greet the new day

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