Jun 302013
 

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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.

FOR I AM THE WOMAN OF THE DAWN.th-34

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.

  4 Responses to “Canadian Aboriginal Women: Poem ‘Woman of the Dawn’”

  1. Chi Miigwetch (Thank you very much in Ojibwe),

    I am appreciate that you shared my poem in your blog here. I am enrolled in the Stockbridge-Munsee band of Mohican Nation and I am Ojibwe and I reside in Waukesha, WI USA

    Wenona Gardner
    Wabun Anung Morning Star

    • Wenona Gardner: I am so sorry that I did not see your comments earlier. I hope it was o.k to print your poem.
      It was so beautiful. So I have a Ojibwe woman visiting my site – thank you. I love the song “Ojibwe Country” and I blogged it with pictures.
      I am in the in the middle of uploading a lesbian ebook “Jo of the Outback.” It is a story about a white woman (Jo) and her lover who is an aborigine woman. My wife, Trish and I have been to Australia twice. I love nature and so it was important to understand a native’s perspective of the Outback. Be proud of your heritage and love of the earth. Stay in touch. paula.
      Chi Miigwetch.

      • Paula,

        Chi Miigwetch for saying that my poem was so beautiful. This poem was very healing for me to take something so tragic and awful and transform it as a declaration to be with Great Creator and to stand for healing and transforming pain. So many people who experience domestic violence do the opposite and get angry at God. This was not God’s fault. God gave my ex free will and he was the one who decided beat me up and murdered my unborn child through domestic violence. Not God. God is the one who helped me to heal, and rise again so I can give birth to my children. God never wanted this to happen for me or my child. I grieved for many years over this, but today I declare I am ready to be give birth to my children. I am ready to be a Mom.

        You have my permission and print and share my Woman of the Dawn poem. For my personal healing it helps me though to know where my poem is being posted and how it’s being used. This is my most successful poem. Woman of the Dawn has been printed in books in Canada, in a 2008 report on domestic violence in Canada, in social work classes, at women’s conventions, as brochures listed with crisis numbers against domestic violence, on the website of the National Aboriginal Circle Against Family Violence http://nacafv.ca/en/logo_poetry, and other places. I never thought my tragic story could be turned into such a blessing to so many women around the world.

        Thank you for helping me to heal,
        Wenona Gardner

        • I have taught for years that God cannot be blamed for things that happen to us. This is the free will that is given to each person.
          There is no logical reason why a truck that loses a tire misses three vehicles and hits the fourth. I know that people mean well when they state that “God took a person” when in reality they died of cancer. Pain, disease and violence affects many people, but love, friendship, hope, support and comfort are also God’s gifts.
          As you know by now, I am a lesbian Canadian. I hate labels, but I’ll use this one because like you being proud of being a Native, something that you were born into, I was born a lesbian. God has many mysterious ways. One thing I know is that love is the foundation for all our lives and for our healing.
          Wenona, I use my internet site for lesbians. Many are victims of ‘corrective rape.’ In some countries of Africa, lesbians and gays are being beaten, raped and jailed. I have dedicated my site to help these children of God. My favourite Gospel story is The Good Samaritan where Jesus takes the most unloved of society (Samaritans) and places them above the self-righteous religious leaders of his day.

          I think the Good Samaritan story can substitute “Samaritan” for the outcasts or victims of any society: women who suffer violence, native Indians, prostitutes, drug addicts, gays and lesbians, people of colour, etc. – Jesus raises them up like he did the Samaritan, while society is busy putting them down. Do you know that Samaritans were considered so ‘unclean’ that if a shadow of a Samaritan passed over the shadow of a Jew, that Jew was required to go to the Temple for Cleansing. Imagine the reaction of the Jews of Jesus’ day when he makes a Samaritan a hero and drinks from the same cup as the Samaritan woman at the well.

          I started my site last year and as of today, I have had 26,280 visitors. I have had letters from lesbians who are persecuted and I have managed to get them help from certain gay activists. People need to know that they are created as beautiful beings by a loving God.

          Please know that on my site, your poem will heal others. There had to be a reason why I found it in the first place. Like you I want to heal others.
          Please keep in touch. paula

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