Pieces created by people inspired to turn We Matter messages into art and words

Youth from Naujaat, Nunavut

Youth from Naujaat, Nunavut

May 7, 2018

Help – Poem by Ashley Kilabuk-Savard

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

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

Ashley Kilabuk-Savard, 21, Iqaluit NU

February 5, 2018

Artwork by Angel Joy Koe, Fort McPherson NT

Artwork by Angel Joy Koe, Fort McPherson NT

When someone is looking unhealthy, we say “Nanakat gwats’i’hindii” Go out to your land. We say that because we know that the land will heal you. The land is essential to our way of life.

Izhik Gwats’an Gwandaii Goodlit, the sacred place where life begins

Angel Joy Koe, 18, Fort McPherson NT

February 5, 2018

Story by Jeremy Antoine

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

Jeremy Antoine, Fort Simpson NWT

October 31, 2017

Poem by Zachary Gaudet

Poem by Zachary Gaudet

“I matter,
Just like you.
We all have goals
And achieve what we can.
You matter,
Just like me.
Struggles are hard
But you are strong!
Life is beautiful.
We matter.

I matter,
Alcohol and abuse sucks.
Family destroyers,
But I am strong.
You matter,
Bullying and bullies suck,
But you are strong!
We matter,
Don’t give up
And keep fighting.

Everyone matters.”

Zachary Gaudet, Edmonton, AB

July 7, 2017

Poem by Chas Fiddler

Poem by Chas Fiddler

Just Look At The Sky

Look up at the sky
look up at birds fly.
match how it turns into gorgeous
colours, late at night.

When darkness hits
the moon shines.
the stars twinkle,
look at how bright it is.

Just know the sky even cries
no one there for it, but it
still gives us sunshine, it will
never lie.

It tells the truth about life
not everything will be filled with
sunshine but it’s okay to cry.
When you need someone, look up at
the sky.

You can scream at it, but it won’t
get mad at you and still give you sunshine.
Don’t worry, the clouds are just passing by.

By Chas Fiddler, Sandy Lake ON

April 27, 2017

Poem by Rory Loewen

Poem by Rory Loewen

“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”

Rory Loewen, age 13, Dawson City, Yukon

April 27, 2017

Peace & Friendship – Chris

Peace & Friendship – Chris

“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”

Peace & Friendship

April 7, 2017

Poem from La Ronge – Wanda Venne

Poem from La Ronge – Wanda Venne

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.

-Wanda Venne

La Ronge, Saskatchewan

November 2, 2016

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