I am awake, I am alive, and the power of my Mom runs in my veins – a woman in work boots and hardhat, piling lumber outside in -40 weather to feed her family. There is power in my blood. The power of my Dad runs in my veins – the man who worked […]
In Memory of Colten Boushie
If you are Indigenous, I feel your pain. If you are a Mom (especially of a son), I know that pain you are feeling in your chest as I feel it as well. Know that you are not alone. Know that this will get better. Know that I and so many others will fight right alongside you to make sure our babies are safe, no matter what they get up to as toddlers, teens, or adults. Know … I am thinking of you.
And if you are a non-Indigenous non-Ally, know the facts. Attempt to walk in our shoes. Imagine Colten was your son, being a teenager like so many others. Imagine you were his Mom and the treatment you received. Instead of justifying and defending systems, justify and defend kids like Colten and if you can’t, this would be a really good time to just be quiet.
And if you are a non-Indigenous Ally, know you are my hope. You are so often the fuel that gets me through such times as now. Know your respectful questions are as appreciated as all the times you know that silence is the answer. Thank you for helping us reach the mics. Thank you for speaking up when we are not in the room. Thank you for being part of the change I believe in with every ounce of my being.
To everyone reading these words, know that this is not the time to promote business. This, for many of us, is simply a time to grieve. So please, if nothing else, walk softly this week my friend. Be kind to you. Be kind to others. This WILL get better.
I love you!
In memory of Colten Boushie, taken not just gone. October 31, 1993 – August 9, 2016
***This is an excerpt from Sandi’s most recent book, “I am Awake …”. available for purchase on her website or on Amazon.ca.***
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