Happy Child in the Woods

Children of the forest
In the forest,near Vasey
some lumberjacks passed.
Removing trees,
the slashes amassed.
For indigenous peoples, the spider is a symbol of patience and endurance; representing intelligence and skillfulness.
A couple of artist
walked through the debris.
The slash,
all that was left of the tree.

And activists as they are
Peter and Sharon,
turned the waste
Into ART!
Spots to rest, reflect, and listen.
Remembering the children,
who once ran free.
Moving swiftly,
from tree to tree.
‘Trees are not simply the source of timber or pulp, but are a complicated, interdependent circle of life. ‘ Suzanne Simard, author of Finding the Mother Tree.
Colonization began, and,
their spirit removed.

Today, we mourn
the loss;
That came at such
a horrific cost.
Two grandmothers, braiding sweetgrass. Together.
Today, we remember,
acknowledge, repent.
So that we can
work together.
as we pass the feather.

We returned to this spot in the forest, a week later, and found these beautiful red dresses adorning the trees. To tell there story.

Red dresses. Representing missing indigenous women.