Arts·Poetic License

'You are always an immigrant when you're on stolen land': A poet reminds us of our history

Award-winning poet Lishai — the latest contributor to CBC Arts' video series Poetic License — has some strong words for anti-immigration advocates.

Award-winning poet Lishai has some strong words for anti-immigration advocates

The latest poet in CBC Arts' video series Poetic License has some strong words for anti-immigration supporters. 1:23

"Don't forget the flame that forged you." Those are the words of Lishai, an award-winning poet, creative consultant and community animator — and the latest contributor to CBC Arts' video series Poetic License.

In the above video, Lishai — who develops and facilitates arts-based programming in schools throughout Toronto and is the co-founder of Ink Veins: Young Women's Writing Collective — takes on anti-immigration policies and those who support them.

"Some Republicans may debate the rights of those not born in their country as though they themselves are not newcomers," she says. "But you are always an immigrant when you're on stolen land."

It's a powerful thought to consider in these alarming times.

Watch Exhibitionists Sundays at 4:30pm (5 NT) on CBC.

Comments

To encourage thoughtful and respectful conversations, first and last names will appear with each submission to CBC/Radio-Canada's online communities (except in children and youth-oriented communities). Pseudonyms will no longer be permitted.

By submitting a comment, you accept that CBC has the right to reproduce and publish that comment in whole or in part, in any manner CBC chooses. Please note that CBC does not endorse the opinions expressed in comments. Comments on this story are moderated according to our Submission Guidelines. Comments are welcome while open. We reserve the right to close comments at any time.