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  • Writer's pictureCandida Sinoway

Poem – Breaking Through

Candida Sinoway - October 7, 2020

Breaking Through

Each day that I walk around, I walk tall for the women who have gone

before their time and before me. Everyday I walk, I walk for the Missing Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls, and Two-spirit (MMIWGS). I walk for my sisters. I am keeping your spirits and voices alive in my head and heart, I send prayers up to Creator, your family, friends, and most of all you.

I look around at the Nish Kwe walking about, I look at my sisters, daughters, granddaughters, cousins, and friends, but most of all I think of you. I know I continue to be your voices.

By doing this I do the walks, wear red. Have a day of recognition in honor of you, although everyday is an honor of you.

We are breaking through, letting all the people in the world and across Turtle Island know that our Nish Kwe’s matter, you matter everyday in our dancing, our praying, smudging, our culture and in our teachings.

Our Nish Kwe’s are most powerful beings, water carriers, life givers.

We will continue to break through for you, in remembrance, with all the love.

At the end of the day you ALL still matter, you were a daughter, a mother, a grandmother, a sister, a auntie, a cousin, a friend, most importantly, you were you, an Indigenous Kwe.

Breaking through to raise awareness, so there are no more stolen Nish Kwe.

With Love from all Indigenous women and men all over Turtle Island and the rest of the world.

Meegwetch, Candida. Sinoway

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