Orange Shirt Day – by Chief R. Stacey Laforme

Orange Shirt Day – by Chief R. Stacey Laforme

Removal of children from homes

Removal from nature

Removal from culture

Removal from Language, customs and practice

Removal from everything they have ever known

Removal from love

I cannot think of the pain and horror of those lost and those who survived

Without tears welling up, without anger entering my heart

Tears are cleansing so we do not deny them

But we rise above the anger because your treatment of us in the past cannot control us today

That was the very intent of the residential school system

To control us, to take away who we are

And it did not work then and it will not work now

Today and every day we remember who we are

Today and every day we remember those stolen

Today and every day we remember those who never returned

Today and every day we remember those who lived through the residential school system

And those who live through it still

 

Giima R. Stacey Laforme

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