Treaty 2 Territory- July 1st has never really had a lot of significance for me. I spent the day at my laptop scrolling through news sites, Facebook, and Twitter reading the multitude of posts around #CancelCanadaDay. I read posts, blogs, and stories from Vancouver, BC to Halifax, NS.
I came across a photo that I felt really resonated with the current somber reality of our people right now on Turtle Island. The photo (accompanied with the following post) was made by Keeseekoowenin Ojibway Nation Councillor Bradley Burns;
” Today we wear Orange to remember those who didn’t make it home. Today we braid our hair with good thoughts for those who’s hair was forcibly cut. Today we love and protect our children and keep them close and safe at all times. As an Anishinaabe we won’t be celebrating today based on the history and relationship we have had with Canada. We will do the best we can to educate our children and youth on how we have come to this point.
Our ancestors were treated with no respect or dignity, they need a proper burial. Our people have always known the horrors that occurred at those residential schools and now the rest of the world will know it too. The numbers will continue to rise as this just the tip of the iceberg. In this modern era we still have many Indigenous Communities with no clean water, ask yourself if that would be ok in any town setting in Canada. Systemic oppression still holds our people back”
Bradley’s son, Gabe, gets to go sleep each night and wake up under the same roof as his father. He is blessed with long shiny hair that he can proudly wear in a braid like the warriors his dad teaches him about. He is safe, protected, nurtured and loved; all sentiments and affection that those 1000+ children deserved but were denied.
We remember those little ones who were left behind. Today they were honoured by Bradley and his son Gabe – boys with braids from Keeseekoowenin Ojibway Nation.
Submitted by: Marlene Davis, Communications Keeper
Last modified: July 2, 2021