A long time ago when our ancestors lived in this land, Wabanaki territory, some visitors arrived. These visitors didn’t understand our Wabanaki language or our Wabanaki ways.
The left their lands across the ocean and were looking for a new home for themselves and were only thinking about what they wanted. They believed different things than Wabanaki people did and thought they could keep all the land for themselves and not share like our ancestors did.
The visitors made up their minds that they would try to get rid of the Wabanaki people and make them leave their lands. They did this in many different ways that hurt Wabanaki people. One of the things they did was take Wabanaki children away from their parents, family and tribe. Many of our own people were taken away as children and some of them never came home.
Today, we remember those Wabanaki people who never came back and those that are still trying to find their way back.
We will be quiet and still for a moment while we think of how our ancestors worked so hard and did everything they could to make sure we get to stay with our families and our tribe.
We will smile as we are silent because we know our ancestors are proud of us today.
They are proud to see us learning our Wabanaki language, our Wabanaki ways and our Wabanaki songs; and they are so happy to know that we treat each other very good because we are Wabanaki and that’s what being Wabanaki means.