Canada’s First Family

 

Attawapiskat

First Nation

Northern Ontario

Where the compass

Points

 

They die there

At their own hand

Killing the present

The future and

Relation to the

Past

 

Rich culture made

Impoverished

Reservation life

 

Ten times more

The young men

Die, for women

Twenty-one times

 

A child of nine

An elder seventy-

One

 

A tear (a rush)

A tear (in tragic

Sadness) of

Counselors

Has been hurried

There, but where

Is the missing

Part of life

 

What will

Resolve the hole

Of promises

 

Where harsh

Unappealing life

Without prospect

Fifteen living in

A house for

Three or four

 

Community

Structure minimal

And faulty

 

A solution is re-

Connection to

Heritage

 

A renewed climb

To meet sibling

Spirits in the

Skies

 

Yet once on

Earth again how

Does renewed

Tradition survive

In mortal people

Pushed to the

Edge

 

Forced into

Living prepared

To push over

 

The government

Hears; maybe it

Sends the staff

 

But will it in

Fate complete

The rift of a

Spirit-people

Needing better

Earth to walk

Upon

 

 

Notes

 

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/apr/21/canada-indigenous-people-first-nations-suicides-refugees?utm_source=esp&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=GU+Today+USA+-+Version+CB+header&utm_term=168344&subid=16706344&CMP=ema_565

 

U. S. Suicide Rate Surges to a 30-Year High

by Sabrina Tavernise, 22 April 2016

WASHINGTON — Suicide in the United States has surged to the highest levels in nearly 30 years, a federal data analysis has found, with increases in every age group except older adults. The rise was particularly steep for women. It was also substantial among middle-aged Americans, sending a signal of deep anguish from a group whose suicide rates had been stable or falling since the 1950s.

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