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.