gishpin, eta



indigenous revival

it’s all about survival


from below we follow cyber trails

uplink to the milky way via smoke trails    

downlink from star relations like the good ol’ days


hashtag the shit outta aking

like it’s only the land that needs saving.

it’s really just us #ohthehumanity


and we are 




is that a duck-lipped ndn selfie?

yep, i guess so.

and that’s how our spirits flow

to infinity and beyond

that one hundred and eighth like


…throw back to skinning rabbits

               gishpin eta, if only


…throwing back handfuls of blueberries

               gishpin eta, if only


…if only we remember who we are

               aanikoobijiganag aabaakawiig


ancestors revive

               standing tall among us

               maamwi, we follow the beat

               gishpin eta,

               if only

Published online March 07 2017.

Vera Wabegijig is a nishnaabe writer, blogger, media artist and mother living in Nepean, Ontario. Her roots come from Missisauga First Nation and also from Wiikwemikoong Unceded Territory. She is passionate about writing, reading and researching. She is a nishnaabemowin language enthusiast. Wild Rice Dreams is her first collection of poetry (BookLand Press, 2013). Her poetry has been printed in many anthologies including Yellow Medicine Review, XXX NDN and Breaking the Surface, to name a few. Vera has performed poetry at the Ottawa International Writers Festival, Canadian Spoken Word Festival, Talking Stick Festival, Banff Centre for the Arts, VerseFest and Voices of Venus.

Northern Ontarian Innovative and Indigenous Poetics cover image

This piece was published in ‘Northern Ontarian Innovative and Indigenous Poetics,’ the Winter 2017 issue of CV2.

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