Or is it dreamscape


Or is it reality

The land, the lake, the cabin

– off the grid

new words I have finally learned for old ways.

The land is the oldest way

and I, white woman that I am,

have learned long ago that this is

Shuswap land

Secwepemc territory.

I live here because the reserve ends far short of the traditional lands

I live here because the people were moved back from the other lake to a less desirable spot

for white people, for sure…

I offered to send the lease money to Skeechestan rather than to British Columbia

as an expression of my belief about whose land it is…

But the chief didn’t think that would make a difference.

So we wait

For justice to be done:

So we wait, taking care of the land

-- off the grid

For all those yet to come.

© Celia Haig-Brown, December 2004

Celia Haig-Brown ~ Last updated: 06-Feb-2005