I do not need your help My people are suffering; Because we are ignored I do not need your help My people are starving; Because we are forgotten I do not need your help My people are dying; Because you cant admit that you poisoned us I do not need your help My people are losing Their culture, themselves Because you couldn’t Embrace our way of life A life is a life Precious as is Let it live
I do not need your help I do not want your help
I do not want your help My people are strong It’s in our blood I do not want your help My people are caring It’s in our values I do not want your help My people are resilient It’s in every bit of our being; We are without question I do not want your help My people are taking back What was once forbidden It’s OUR identity, OUR history OUR heritage We will take it back Pass it down Let it live
I do not need your help I do not want your help I need your support
I need your support To accept our differences You expect us to accept yours I need your support To appreciate our people We belong just as much I need your support To admit your mistakes Identity cannot be banned I need your help To see that we are suffering Because we are ignored Forgotten Poisoned Lost
Strong Caring Resilient Because we are Indigenous See that we are also human beings I need your support To help regain our identity Invest, protect, accept I need your support To help our people Killing a culture Can kill a person I need your support To help our youth feel complete Do not steal their sense of self I need your support To help our land and sea Our home is scarred It is our reason for being We will rise We will prevail We will live
“Well, at times we are all frustrated about certain situations and choices we have made in our little time here on earth. I have contemplated so many ways of coping with decisions and the outcome of my actions, the ones that make or break a person to the point of feeling like there is no chance at all for them. Living and coping each day is such a challenge. Well, little by little work your way back up, A good way is starting is to truly LOVE yourself inside and out. It might not happen overnight, patience is a virtue. You got to remember the good things, and cherish the memories and go on with life because it doesn’t stop. You only must remember, that what you have done in your life may change what someone else is doing in their life, and it changes everything, Its so amazing…. LOVE“
“There will come a time you’ll see
With no more tears
And love will not break your heart
But dismiss your fears
Get over your hill and see
What you find there
With grace in your heart
And flowers in your hair”
“Women Who Cared.
We sing our songs, We dance, We celebrate,
We speak, We laugh, We hope, We deserve,
We stand for all women and children!
We are proud, We come from everywhere,
We march together, We raise our voices,
We applaud each other, We smile, We hug,
We join hands, We are passionate, We are understanding,
We share our knowledge, We speak our truth,
We don’t give up! We are brave!
We are women and kind-hearted men who march
to make this world a better place
for our children, sister our mothers, our communities”
In grade 6 Wanda wrote this poem. Since then, she has lost a close friend to suicide. It is shared now to reach out to other girls who may have similar feelings, so that you know you are not alone. We can cope and heal together.
I’m just a girl. I love being called pretty, but I’ll never believe it. I’m not always right, I hate being wrong. I’m almost always smiling, but its not always real. I can’t be read like an open book, but I hide so much. I work hard at things, but I don’t always get what I deserve. I’m just a girl.
“I promiseYou are as strong
As the ones who
Walked before you
We come from the blood
And the heart
So when you
Hold your head low
Look for the path carved
In front of you”