A poem I wrote: Canadian Winter

Canadian Winter

“Can you think of another crime

where they blame the victim?”

someone asked, on my facebook newsfeed

maybe Attawapiskat, dressed too suggestively?


The PM quibbles about a few million

spread out over five years, and finds

someone else to blame

instead of just solving the problem

When white kids need a new school.

It gets built.  (after all/take it for granted,

that’s what our tax dollars pay for)

Children don’t learn

in contaminated classrooms

maybe the children of Attawapiskat

should file a class-action lawsuit:

failure to provide the necessities for life

it’s only a matter of time

before someone dies, if they haven’t already

ill health only requires a proven correllation.

You want to talk a few million–

“Those greedy Indians always with their hand out”,

–“They don’t pay taxes anyway”–:

let’s talk DeBeers

and a multi-billion dollar diamond mine

not two hours from Attawapiskat

in the heart of their Traditional Territory

How much revenue, will that generate

over that same five-year span?

Maybe Attawapiskat, should sub-contract

the Diamond mine, to DeBeers’ competitor

with all taxes flowing to the First Nation

That should just about cover the cost

for a new school with a playground,

and safe drinking water, & be enough

to keep children out of tents

shivering in the cold

-40 degree Canadian winter.


About nathanadlerblog

I am a writer and an artist. I write stories, poetry, and articles. I draw, paint, make films and videos, and have done some installations. I work as a glass artist.
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