A “work-marathon”. Total and complete territorial dispossession: our territories, our rights, our institutions, our ceremonies, our rituals… And the final point of this work: the abduction of children from their families to residential schools.
This whole process takes decades. It gradually erases our memories and replaces them with colonization. We cease practicing the activities related to our way of life. New ceremonies, new rituals are being imposed on us. Finally, we are forced to adopt foreign languages. The words in Anicinabe slowly disappear. The effects of this process are devastating. It affects our souls! I now refer to these Indians as the “severely burnt souls”.
Culture, with the help of language, is one of the paths to healing. The return to the Anicinabe identity. We’re starting another marathon, that of recovery. This marathon is a huge challenge.
Ndeboedan!!!!! I believe it!
I have spoken! LOLL