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I am Glad it was Me

I am glad it was me to endure public education when Indigenous children were not treated fairly. I am glad it was me who had my feelings hurt because I refused to believe I wasn't good enough or as smart. I am glad it was me living in Canada talking of Indigenous teachings, state of Reservations and mentioning the Residential School experience before the apology made it mentionable in this land. I am glad it was me having these experiences of being told "no" continously for it taught me a better way. To make my own path. I am glad it was me because it has made me the most interesting and dynamic person. By learning to be me. I could change the way children are treated in school by speaking truth which creates harmony. I am glad it was me when words were used hurtfully to keep me second guessing myself. I'm glad it was me to say 'no more.' I am glad it was me that felt the pain of history, so the next generation would not have to feel they were not important. I am glad it was me to see newness, change and resolution through expression encouraging individuals to find own talent. I am glad it was me to embrace stories, yours and mine and make them better with time. I am glad it was me to pick up your books and read and want and want to share the things hidden away in the past. I am glad it was me birthed into the world and allowed to share my observations and let them flow like water, filling up our lives and giving us guidance and new life. I am glad it was me, so others will not feel tragedy so deep. I want to make things even better, have more and more gather in gladness.

I am glad for my journey filled with colour. I am glad I am Indigenous. I am glad you let me express myself. I am glad you are who you are, so we can share these things together.

Comments

PaxFeminina's picture

Beautiful and moving

Benita, thank you for sharing your story. I am glad to have heard your story, and I am glad that you are brave enough to tell it. Thank you again, and I look forward to reading more of your writing.

blessed be,
Pax Feminina

Peace! Paix! Paz! Shalom! Salaam! Friede! Mir! Heiwa! Aman Malay! Ashtee! Damai!
Ets'a'an Olal! Hau! Iri'ni! K'é! Maluhia! Nabad-Da! Olakamigenoka! Pingan! Shanti! Uxolo!

laughterlove's picture

I'm glad it was you too ...

I'm glad it was you too ... because what would this country be without your voice? Thank you.

For all of life is like that race with ups and downs and all. And all you have to do to win is rise each time you fall.
“Quit! Give up! You’re beaten!” They still shout in my face. But another voice within me says “GET UP AND WIN THE RACE!” DH Groberg

Vega Tom's picture

Turning things around

Benita -
I love that you take a position of strife and challenge and turn it around and make it a position of power. You have such a voice and strength. I would love to see more of where you go with this power.

Vega

cbenkov's picture

i'm inspired

Benita,

I'm inspired by your pride and sense of self-worth. All women (all people) should feel that way!

Thanks for sharing your story,
carly

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