Two holidays along the border

I send my regards for Canadian Thanksgiving.
I give thanks this year, in no particular  order,
for the affirmation of women in the arts,
poutine, Murdoch Mysteries,
and Reconciliation efforts with First Nation peoples,
not always successful,
but at least trying
and admitting many failures,
which is a model for the country,
as governed today, where I live and work,
which rarely tries,
and passionately disbelieves
in the admitting of any failures.

Yet my home is also located
on N’dakinna, traditional ancestral homeland
of Abenaki, Pennacook and Wabanaki Peoples
past and present.
Today I acknowledge gratefully
the land, waterways and alnobak, (people),
stewards of N’dakinna through generations,
and in my corner of this land
on the ocean where the sun rises,
I honor Abenaki who have lived
twelve thousand years,
speaking a common language
of the Wabenaki or People of the Dawn.

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6 Responses to Two holidays along the border

  1. Jessica McArdle says:

    A beautiful reflection, Maren. Thank you.

  2. Jane Fisler-Hoffman says:

    Big Murdoch mystery fan here!! Yay! Always grateful for your posts, Maren.

  3. Patricia James says:

    That is a beautiful Thanksgiving reflection that honours both 1st Nations as well as the colonial sentiments for Thanksgiving. We can’t forget 1st Nations generous gift to the colonists as they came to Canada and the America’s. We must also remember to be ever so grateful for the gifts – both recognized and not even noticed – given to us by the Holy Spirit. Thank you for your beautiful words.

    • Maren says:

      Thank you so much for your kind comment. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could all focus on gratitude in the six weeks between Canadian and US Thanksgiving?

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