👋🏽"Kwe, teluisi Rebecca. I am Mi'kmaq First Nation from Lennox Island, I grew up in New Brunswick but I have lived in Halifax for almost half my life. I am the Halifax Poet Laureate.
I had a bit of a rocky upbringing but my grandfather was always the stability and kindness in my life. He was the best part of where I am from.
My mother's father was exceptionally kind. No matter how many times my father messed up while finding his sobriety and his will to go on, my Grampy would always open his home to him. My father called him dad. To be human is to be kind.
My father is a residential school survivor. Canada took him from his mother at the age of five. Through violence, Canada took his language, took his spirit, took his joy, took his culture, along with thousands of other children like him. As a consequence, Canada took all of those things from me too. I won't celebrate that legacy.
Reconciliation isn't an official process. Reconciliation is in the actions and hearts of the individual. How a person carries compassion for something they don't fully understand will go miles in helping us heal." ------ Thank you for sharing your story, Rebecca!
Canada is by no means perfect, we have a long way to go. By sharing stories like Rebecca’s we can better understand each other, and build empathy and compassion. We’re all in this together. Let’s show compassion for each other, and promote curiosity over judgement. “Poetry can give a voice to the voiceless. Poetry can make a powerless person feel powerful. This is why I speak,” - @beccaleat
Check out her poetry on her Facebook page : Rebecca Thomas - Poet