Delighted to feature this excellent poem by Mi’kmaw storyteller and poet Shalan Joudry of Bear River First Nation. The Nova Scotia Advocate tries to amplify voices that aren’t often heard. Surely we can count poets among those voices.

The Passage, a poem from And I Alone Escaped to Tell You, a collection of poetry by writer and filmmaker Sylvia Hamilton. Because it is the start of African Heritage Month, and because it is beautiful.

These two video fragments of the great Mi’kmaw poet Rita Joe are definitely worth a look. Check out the last interview with Rita Joe before her death, and her memories of leaving the Shubenacadie Residential School behind forever.