news | Friday June 21, 2019

A poem from Wanda John-Kehewin's Seven Sacred Truths

Today, on Indigenous Peoples Day, we are pleased to share a poem from Wanda John-Kehewin’s Seven Sacred Truths.

tO all the children Of residential schOOls …

(Inspired by Mechelle Pierre)

i hOpe YOur life is filled with lOve
frOM here On earth and frOM abOve.
i hOpe YOu can OvercOMe YOur fears
thrOugh faMilY, friends, and ManY healing tears.
i hOpe YOu can find YOur waY back hOMe
where YOu feel MOst safe, anYwhere YOu chOOse
just as lOng as YOu can be YOurself
tO laugh withOut shaMe and let gO Of pain.
i hOpe YOu can see the creatOr’s plan fOr YOu
because YOu’re still here and learning tO lOve
and sharing YOur knOwledge can bring abOut change
and a chance tO set things right in YOur heart.
i hOpe YOu sMile at the little things and pause
and reflect On hOw Much tiMe was needed tO bring it fOrth
because even a flOwer had tO be planted in Manure
tO blOssOM intO a resilient flOwer whO One daY will reunite
with the earth, but until then share the beautY and wealth Of healing
which is a cOntinuOus cYcle just like the earth and all her creatures.
bring fOrth new sMiles, new lOves, and new lives and reinvent Old waYs
tO give a child the will and strength tO push fOrth intO new territOrY
where it dOesn’t hurt tO be a child and it dOesn’t hurt tO laugh
and there’s nO shaMe in being happY and there’s nO waY tO break their hearts

and it’s Ok tO be prOud because YOu have taught theM hOw special theY
are tO YOu and tO the creatOr …

i hOpe YOu knOw just hOw strOng YOu are,
just hOw resilient,
just hOw beautiful,
just hOw knOwledgeable,
just hOw aMazing YOu are tO push fOrth
YOur wings tO flY again,
tO see beautY in the ugliness
because withOut the pain Of YesterdaY,
YOu wOuldn’t be whO YOu are tOdaY …
a teacher, a survivOr, a lOver Of life,
and the keeper Of stOries Of awful daYs
gOne bY …

Pick up your copy of Seven Sacred Truths today!