Thursday, 19 September 2013

Poetry activism = resistance

Connie Fife & I at Anskohk Festival 2007, Janet Marie Rogers photo

It's been a very special week for me thus far.

Beginning Sunday evening, through to midmorning yesterday, I spent many hours in conversation with Marie Annharte, Sharron Proulx-Turner, and Connie Fife, who travelled in from Winnipeg MB, Calgary AB, and Haines Junction YT (with support of Daniel Heath Justice and June Scudeler).

I'POYI Marie Anneharte Baker at the Glenbow


We shared open-ended, exploratory conversations through which we acknowledged many pools of common interest, many commonalities as indigenous women and free-standing poet practioners with decades of work done (and more to come), and all the little sidestreams of idea and experience that came to mind.

Our plan was to identify the scope of a volume representative of our four journeys of published and performance works, and in idea form at least, we have at least twelve volumes worth of collaborative coherence identified.

It has been a healing opportunity, to acknowledge the strengthening impact of one another's voices, presence, and work, on the long road of braiding our voices through Cancultural realms.

I'POYI Sharron Proulx-Turner, Lee Maracle

On Tuesday, we travelled from Richmond to North Vancouver, for the Words & Music/Truth & Reconciliation gathering at Capilano College. On Wednesday morning Sharron began her journey home, Marie moved to False Creek to continue her Truth & Rec participations, and Connie came away home with me to visit with my family. We are setting out to Emily Carr U this afternoon, to witness/participate in two gatherings:

Sept.19, Truth and Reconciliation Round Table

Please join us for a Truth and Reconciliation Round Table, with,

Jonathan Dewar, Shingwauk Residential Schools Centre
David Garneau, University of Regina
Mimi Gellman, Emily Carr U
Glen Lowry, Emily Carr U
Peter Morin, Brandon University

When:  Sept. 19, 2013, 5-7 p.m.
Where: Aboriginal Gathering Place Emily Carr University

Refreshments will be served
Then up to Room SB 406 for a reading with Gregory Scofieldmy book launch.

Although I felt uneasy at first to be missing the All Nations Canoe Gathering and other TRCC public events, I have come to see how these conversations that began in privacy and spill into the public realm are a most fitting and healing way to synthesize the i with the we. I feel honoured and strengthened by the presence and the inspiration of so many of my deepest friendships,
carried in my heart,
walking nearby.

Poetry activism = memoir = resistance.

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