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VIDEO: Collingwood Poet Laureate reflects on July 1 with poem

Entitled: With Respect, the spoken word performance by Jillian Morris challenged the crowd to remember July 1 is a solemn day of remembrance for many

Collingwood Poet Laureate Jillian Morris wrote and performed a spoken word piece on July 1, which reminded those listening that the day was one of remembrance for her and many others. 

Morris is Kanien’kehá:ka, Turtle Clan and currently living in Collingwood. She read her poem entitled: With Respect first at the citizenship reaffirmation ceremony and later at the Awen Gathering Circle by request from others in a sharing circle. 

The reaffirmation ceremony is part of Collingwood's yearly Canada Day activities and returned this year after a pandemic-related hiatus. 

At the Awen Gathering Circle, space was made, through the Collingwood Indigenous Circle, for people to gather and be together on a difficult day. Smudging and a sharing circle took place. 

This video includes Morris' spoken word performances at both the citizenship ceremony and the Awen gathering. 

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