The Colton Boushie verdict came down, and I was not surprised that the man would go free. I had hope the system would see the injustice and try to improve its status by handing down the right verdict for sweet Tina Fontaine, but I was wrong.
Now, the tears wont stop. The memories of all I have been through in my short life, are simply haunting me. I am ragged with rage, and feeling so insignificant that I just think I might disappear.
This poor family. Enough torment is enough. Is it not enough that we survive the horrid deaths of our loved ones, but to be completely disregarded, like a piece of garbage, thrown to the river…I just have no words.
Where does it stop? What can we do? Staying or getting sober is one thing. Returning to our spirituality and getting our language back in another thing. All theses things are entwined. All theses things come back to the fact we are a broken dislocated detached people, and no one really seems to care.
Stand up. In whatever little way you can. Your ancestors are behind you,m and they are crying in pain, because we do not stand up, or we do but we don’t follow through, and then the cause gets laid to rest by the side of the road.
Stand up. Stand up in class. Stand up in the grocery story when you get followed around just coz your Native. Stand up when you get pulled over in your car just because of the colour of your skin. Stand up. When you see a child being hurt by language that one just shouldn’t use with kids. Stand up. When your neighbours are drunken fools who have a child in their care. STand up. When you see abuse happening and you just turn away. Stand up on the reservations and address the violence on our women, kids, our men and boys. Stand up. When suicide is the thief taking most of our children. Stand up.
I have tears to shed today. I am lost for words on how to fix this. System is just simply broken, so I say throw it out, get a new one and STAND UP.
Rest in peace sweet angels. Something good will come of your deaths. You will not die in vain. We will stand up.