Symbolism and Expression Additional Reading
Speaking Out, Speaking Back
When writers share works that come from their personal experiences, the most powerful are often those that are shared experiences. Many narratives speak out against the social problems that Aboriginal peoples often experience in Canada as well as the causes of these problems.
Margo Kane’s play Moonlodge deals with the abduction of children from their homes and cultures. This topic appears in many works because so many people experienced this displacement, from residential schools, forced adoptions or other family break-ups.
Many Aboriginal writers use their work to speak back to institutions that have tried to take away their peoples’ power. Marilyn Dumont’s poem “Letter to Sir John A. Macdonald speaks back to the long-dead prime minister to let him know that the Métis Nation has outlasted the railway that helped displace them from their land.