Ottawa's Festival of Ideas Since 1997

Haudenosaunee (People of The Longhouse)

The wars, the ghting, the neglect
Please Great Creator save me
Why is this my fate?
Why do some people get to live in a nice safe place,

while I live with dirty water and poverty

We peacefully protest while my people live in fear and

Are treated to guns and violence and death to

Women, children, men, and elders.
So if the police don’t protect us who protects us from the police

From us
We fight back, protecting this land that was once called ours
We are called terrorist for it though they shoot first,

and say we are committing the crimes

It’s been this way for 500 years

I’m here to see this change

This should not be ignored

 

“One arrow can be easily broken. But when five arrows are be bound together” —Peacemaker