Why do we not gather? Why do we not unite? Why do we allow it to continue?
After reading the History of our people on this site I can't help but wonder if anyone else ever thinks about what we could accomplish if we would put aside our differences. Like the Iroquois, or even the United States with different States, couldn't we maintain our differences but unite as one. Couldn't "we" be that bundle of arrows?
We’re struggling to make sure that our identity, our culture and our rights continues to exist. We have a right to exist as a distinct people.
Recently we received a letter from a friend who made the following observation, he said: There is no such thing as a half breed; the result of group A meeting group B is group C. In one sense, group A and group B no longer exist, and group C is not half of both, but ONE on its own.
Well said... don't you think.
Thoughts of those lost:
Now "I" am the next in line, "I" am becoming the Elder.
My Parents are dead, all my Aunts and Uncles are dead, my Grandparents are dead, they are all gone.
So in that sense I have no where to go, no one to go be with, the chain has been broken.
If the villages, the communities still existed, if the Metis Homelands that once existed in the United States were still here... then I could go "home."
Look in front of you and what do you see, you will see your parents; look further and you see your Grandparents and so on. Look far enough and you will see the 7th generation that saw you. If you look behind you, you will see your children, and their children, and their children.
Our Elders and our Spiritual Leaders teach us that what we do today, the decisions we make now will have consequences for our descendants… for that 7th generation that will follow. Remember that every choice you make is like setting up dominos one after the other and the decisions that we make produce consequences that follow one after the other.
If you follow the Red Road, if you remember the Ceremonies, chances are your children will too, and they will teach their children and so on all the way to the 7th generation. Remember these things happen because of the decisions and choices we make today.
The Europeans came here with their beliefs that the land is to be tamed, conquered, dominated and exploited.
They called us ignorant as we looked forward to the 7th generation.
When will they find peace with the land?
When will they understand their future, their lives depend upon their understanding of their responsibility to all living things?
When will they understand our Mother Earth lives and breathes.
What do we live for if not to make life less difficult for each other?
Why should there be hunger and poverty in any community in America?
There is not a deficit of resources but a deficit of Humanity.
Our Traditional Elders teach us that our children, our grandchildren learn much more by watching the way we act then by what we tell them. What they know, what they do, they learn by watching adults.
If we want our children to be respectful, kind, honorable then we adults need to show them how to do it. Our children will observe what we do and how we treat each other. We need to walk our talk, and we need to remember all our children are watching.