Abandoned A story of self discovery

Abandoned A story of self discovery

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  • ALONE
  • In an Anishnabe owned forest along the red river
  • Wow mom this looks Great!
  • Well your dad taught me how, but i'll take it.
  • Well anyway, I know he still watching over me and that gives me comfort
  • He always has
  • I really miss him when is he coming back?
  • I'm not sure niniijaanis, (Child*) you know he had to go away to fight in the war.
  • It's getting dark we should start heading back, pay attention to the trail as we walk for it has guided us for generations
  • That same night
  • THIS IS THE RCMP COME OUT WITH YOUR HANDS UP NOW!!!
  • This land has now been confiscated by the canadian government, your must now leave gather your belongings and get out!
  • Mom NO!
  • This land has been in our family for generations. YOU HAVE NO RIGHT!
  • Save it for the judge.
  • After the trail
  • The court finds Mrs. Mikituk guilty of endangering a child by forcing her to live in bad living conditions, you are also charged with failure to comply and breaking hunting regulations is sentenced to 4 months in state penentantry
  • gegiinawishkid (Liar)! I have never endangered my daughter, we live happily together
  • Im sorry but this case is closed, your daughter will be turned over to the child welfare system where she will be given a new family that will actually take care of her.
  • We tried our best to win this one, the government just has too much power, I'm sorry
  • MOM THEY CAN'T DO THIS I NEED YOU!!
  • a few months later at Child services office
  • I know this must be hard for you Ish-a nab.. but we have found a great family for you to live with
  • My name is ISHANNAB and I already have a family, let me go back to my mom, she's not guilty.
  • You have nothing to worry about, we are sending you to live with Mr. Johnson, he will take care of you
  • That's not your choice, I'm sorry
  • THIS IS BU$SH*,I'm not going anywhere without my mom.
  • That night
  • Please I just want to get by, I don't have anyone
  • Good luck, *Chuckles to himself*
  • My name is Barry Johnson, you will be doing chores everyday and prayer is at 12:00. I expect you to be there on time every day. If not there will be severe consequences.
  • * The next day
  • This is goopaad (crazy), I'm not your slave and I will not be treated as such you can't do this
  • I can and I will, never forget your as replaceable as the shoes on my feet, in fact we and another Indian boy here just last month.
  • This is my stable, you will be tasked to wake up at 8:00 every morning and clean the animal dung, clean the barn, wash and brush the horse.
  • Wha... What happend to him, where is he now?
  • Y.. ye... yes sir
  • -Trust me you don't want to go there, much better for you to stay quiet and do what I say got it?
  • Go on now, Get to it, dinner is at 20:00
  • He was punsihed daily for talking back just like you, eventually I got tired of it and sent him to those schools
  • I really miss my mom, I'm sure you miss your mom too. Don't worry i'm gonna take great care of you.
  • 12:00 Prayer
  • This is where we go to pray, when you get in you do what is told by the priest. If you embarrass me there WILL be concequences
  • Well you better get used to it
  • But I'm Anishinabe we don't pray to your god
  • Back at the farm (dinner time)
  • Tomorrow I'll be out of town, for a few hours. I got some business to attend to, while i'm gone the doors and windows will be locked . No funny business.
  • Got it (* these kitchen windows don't have locks on them, this is my chance*)
  • He's gone this is my chance, gotta do one thing first
  • Back in the Barn
  • Lucky I'm going to be going away, I wanted you to have this my dad gave it to me. It always makes me feel with him, I hope it helps you feel not alone too. Goodbye.
  • Mom taught me to always follow the water, I just need to trust my gut
  • A few days after Ishannab's escape and almost a month after her moms release
  • My baby, where is my baby
  • Stomach Grumbling
  • Hey I remember this bridge, I'm only a few kilometres away from home
  • A Few hours Later
  • I should be close now, it's freezing
  • Mom, MOM! I'm home , where are you mom?
  • Wait what's that smoke over there?
  • BABY IS THAT YOU!!
  • HELLO, Helooooo!
  • ISHANNAB, thank the creator you found your way back what happened?
  • Nimaamaa (*MOM), I knew I'd find you
  • That's horrible I'm so sorry you had to go through that
  • I'm meeting up with the cheif next friday, They will not get away with this
  • I was being processed for months and when they did find me a home he forced me to work everyday and worship another god. Mom it was so wrong.
  • We WILL have JUSTICE!
  • ISHANNAB I don't want to ever hear you say that again. We are proud Anishinabe and we will defend this land and ourselves like our ancestors before us.
  • They never gave up and so won't we
  • Mom we can't the lawyer said it himself, the government is just too strong, it's better if we just get away while we can
  • To Be continued.....
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