Thursday April 03, 2014

'Monster' by poet Dennis Saddleman: 'I hate you residential school, I hate you'

Boys in a classroom c. 1945 at St. Anne's Indian Residential School in Fort Albany, Ontario.

Boys in a classroom c. 1945 at St. Anne's Indian Residential School in Fort Albany, Ontario. (Edmund Metatawabin collection/Algoma University)

In May of 2013, Dennis Saddleman spoke at the Commission. The B.C. man performed some of his poetry, something he says has helped him heal.
 

"I hate you residential school, I hate you.

You're a monster.

A huge hungry monster.

Built with steel bones. Built with cement flesh.

You're a monster."

— Excerpt from Dennis Saddleman's poem, 'Monster'
 

Listen to Dennis Saddleman's powerful reading of 'Monster':