I participated in the Racialized & Aboriginal Symposium on March 10th at Ryerson University in Toronto with Red Slam Collective. The Missing; the Invisible are always on the forefront of my mind:
Dying Breed by Mahlikah Awe:ri 2011

An Editor
At McLeans Magazine Writes
She is but a dying breed
She is but a dying breed
She is but a dying breed
She is?
Despite being the weaver of dreams
Beyond forecasted prophecies
She is?
Despite being life giver
Genius Genesis
of all seeds of creativity
She is?
She is but a dying breed
She is but a dying breed
She is but a dying breed
She is
Like Indian summer
She is here
Then quickly gone
She locks herself
in attics of torment
The elders plead for her
Not to cut her hair
She begs her brother
To cut out her tongue
So she can inhale gasoline fumes
Into her lungs
In silence
The elders plead for her to join the sweat
smudge away the violence
She can’t
She won’t
She won’t blanket the truth
Cuz truth’s blanket is as heavy
as rocks
Contaminated with small pox

She is but a dying breed
She is but a dying breed
She is but a dying breed
She is

No round dance speaks
to the soles of her footing
Cuz she has no soul
She eats paper
Unsigned treaties for breakfast
She drinks a cocktail of gin & water laced with lead before bed
And instead of giving prayers
she gives head instead
to blank stares in
pissed drenched alleyways and
Nameless motels this is her Pow Wow
This is her gathering
She is but a dying breed
She is but a dying breed
She is but a dying breed
She is

And I
I have passed her by
Many a millennia
On busy intersections
And random street corners
Our eyes meet
I pull away from the glance
Within seconds
Turn towards the East
Walking in the opposite direction
I’m walking away from my sister
Away from my sister
Away from
My
Sister
So that I will not be a dying a breed

Warrior Publications

Lawyer representing aboriginals withdraws

By Suzanne Fournier, The Province, March 6, 2012

The Missing Women Commission of Inquiry was dealt another blow to its credibility Mon-day with the withdrawal of the last lawyer who speaks for First Nations.

Virtually all key women’s and community groups had already pulled out of the inquiry after they were denied legal funding to analyze 100,000 pages of documents.

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