Truth and Lie Commissions

There’s been no friendship between Native nations

And the domination system

For us to patch back together,

There’s been no harmony with the colonizers

To try and restore.

Just a genocidal desire by the dominators

For our nations to exist no more.

For them it’s business as usual

And its nothing unusual

For them to enrich themselves

On our traditional territories,

While telling everyone their same old stories

Of first “discovery” and “crown sovereignty,”

Of our inferiority and their superiority.

They believe they have a perfect “right”

To use their might,

To maintain their domination,

Which they try to hide with cover words

Like “civilization” and “reconciliation”

Words that are nothing but a lie

Which the colonizers seek to glorify

With their Truth and Lie Commissions.–Steven Newcomb