WOMAN OF THE DAWN – (a poem against Violence in Aboriginal Communities in Canada)
by Wenona Gardner.
WOMAN OF THE DAWN:
I AM THE HEART OF MY FAMILY
I AM THE CENTRE OF MY COMMUNITY.
I CARRY THE NATION ON MY BACK.
I CARRY THE LIFE OF TOMORROW IN MY SOUL.
I RISE ABOVE THE VIOLENCE.
BHONES HEAL. BRUISES FADE. MY FEAR I FACE.
THE RAGE I CHANNEL TO PROTECT MYSELF.
TO PROTECT MY CHILDREN.
I WALK AWAY FROM THE DESTRUCTION
WITH MY GREAT CREATOR BY MY SIDE.
I AM THE ONE WHO CAN CHANGE THE TIDE.
I AM THE ONE WHO WILL SAY STOP!
NO MORE FOREVER.
I RISE WITH THE MORNING SUN,
BLAZING WITH LIGHT, LOVE, AND HOPE.
I HOLD THE FUTURE INSIDE ME.
For further information, contact the National Aboriginal Circle Against Family violence, http:..www.nacaafv,ca
VIOLENCE IN FIRST NATIONS COMMUNITY – CANADA
FACT 1. Aboriginal women between the ages of 25 and 44 are five times more likely to die from violence than non-Aboriginal women in the same age group.
FACT 2 Between 1991-1999 Here are statistics of spouses killings
Aboriginal men killed 62 aboriginal women
(8 times higher than non-aboriginal men)
Aboriginal women killed 32 aboriginal men
(18 times higher than non-aboriginal women)
A Royal Commission stated that mainline Canadian society has played a role in forming stereotypes of aboriginal people that impact into a sense of second class citizen belief in many communities. The Canadian government has not put enough money into improving housing and schools and creating sufficient and consisting employment to help aboriginal people help themselves.
There are wonderful leaders that have arisen in recent years to address these injustices. The impact of the internet and media now holds all governments responsible for advancing aboriginal people within their nations.