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VIDEO: Resistance

December 6, 2013

Every writer needs a great writing friend. Mine is Jorge Antonio Vallejos aka Black Coffee Poet. For his blog blackcoffeepoet.com every year he recognizes December 6th as the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women. It’s the anniversary of the Montreal Massacre that took the lives of 14 women at l’Ecole Polytechnique in 1989. All lives a sacred and he as well as many other activist speak out against the lack of media attention for women of colour.

Black Coffee Poet asked me to read a poem that I felt encapsulates the spirit of Dec 6th but also creates space for women of colour who suffer from violence. The facts are that Indigenous woman are 8 times more likely to killed than non-Aboriginal women and almost 4 times more likely to experience violence than non-Aboriginal women yet there’s rarely mention of this on Dec 6th. The unbalance coverage and recognition is disturbing. This was a topic that is very close to my heart so I was honoured to read a poem by Aboriginal poet Connie Fife called “Resistance”. Enjoy!

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  1. December 7, 2013 1:02 am

    Reblogged this on Picking Up the Pieces and commented:
    I have to say I have a soft spot in my not-so-secret geeky heart for poetry readings. Even better when they are read by those themselves who have “a talent or two” … and top it with the subject matter! Thank you for posting Miss Whitney :)

    • December 9, 2013 3:16 pm

      Thanks for the reblog Sweet Marie! Much appreciated, just to clarify the poem was written by First Nations writer Connie Fife. I just recited it.

      • December 9, 2013 5:40 pm

        Wow i put that on there when i tweeted it. I corrected the post, thanks for letting me know!

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