"Fur Traders Apologize to Tla-o-qui-aht Nation 200 Years Later"
Paige, Age 11, Vancouver, BC

(Inspired by an article in the Vancouver Sun July 18th, 2005)

They realized the mistakes of their ancestors,
Owning up to what their people have done

Even though they were not directly involved,
they feel the loss and the pain of the nation they hurt

The tension and the heat of two hundred dissolve in the water
Between tall ship and cedar canoe

The loss and the sorrow are mended
By a simple apology

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