Aboriginal pictograph, Kakadu National Park, Arnhem Land, Australia
“The Eagle has landed” – Neil Armstrong, July 20, 1969
In honour of National Aboriginal Day also known as National Indigenous Peoples Day
In July 2000 New Dance Horizons in Regina Saskatchewan put together a presentation for “Dance and the Child International”. It consisted of dance, song and poetry performed by about thirty young people many from Canada’s First Nations. I had the privilege of coaching and guiding them as they wrote their own poems.
This is the story of the teachers and young people involved.
This poem references the experience of First Nations children who were systematically stripped of their culture and language in Canada’s residential schools. Today is set aside in the spirit of Truth and Reconciliation and marked by the wearing of orange shirts in memory of one young girl’s experience.