National Aboriginal Day, June 21, 2009

Yesterday was an important day for Canadians.  We celebrated and acknowledged the vibrant history, present and future of our Aboriginal communities. Falling this year on Summer Solstice and Father’s Day, National Aboriginal Day was marked by celebrations and remembrances all over the country. Here we will share a piece from a Mi’kmaq-Canadian poet and song writer, “the Poet Laureate of the Mi’kmaq people,”  Rita Joe (March 15, 1932March 20, 2007).

Your buildings

Your buildings, tall, alien,

Cover the land;

Unfeeling concrete smothers,

windows glint

Like water to the sun.

No breezes blow

Through standing trees;

No scent of pine lightens my burden.

I see your buildings rising skyward,


Over the trails where once men walked,

Significant rulers of the land

Who still hold the aboriginal title

In their hearts

By traditions know

Through eons of time.

Relearning our culture is not difficult,

Because those trails I remember

And their meaning I understand.

While skyscrapers hide the heavens,

They can fall.

(Rita Joe, 1978)

–Posted by Paula


~ by artpoped on June 22, 2009.

One Response to “National Aboriginal Day, June 21, 2009”

  1. Perhaps you are not aware that off reserves non status Indians are not welcome on reserves to celebrate Aboriginal Day. We are not recognized for our work in the Arts and are completely ignore by the Reserves population. So then tell me where should I go to find pride in my own heritage. I am discriminated against by my own people the Mi’kmaq—Shame on them!


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