By: Starlett Beardy

Something lingers inside my body … like poison running through my veins.  A feeling,

almost like a physical substance taking over my entire being. As this poison enters my mind, my thoughts, it invades the space meant for myself, and only myself. I could never understand why I felt the way I did when this poison took over. I saw people happily coming and going, and asked myself, “how can they be so happy … when all this is going on?”

I learned that this poison was embedded into our peoples’ minds many years ago like a seed.  

What is this poison and why is it still here? I know it still lingers inside me, like a snake, so sneaky.  How do I, how do we … overcome it?

“Don’t be afraid, stand up to it, and tell it to shut up! Turn it off.”  You see … this poison only

lingers and scares those who are afraid of it.  But it doesn’t last … it only wins when you allow it to win.  

This poison … known as colonialism.

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