First of all I want to
thank all of you for remembering me on this day, as many of
you probably suspect and some know, that when you are in
prison you have a lot of time to reflect and think on how
things are, and how they were and perhaps how they should
Having said that, I was
thinking about how on your birthday the person who really
should be celebrated is your mother, for she carried you for
9 months and went through the pain of giving you life. So
truly a person's birthday should be another Mother's Day. So
if a woman has four children, she should have four Mothers
days. All too often people talk about the exploits of men
and what they said and what they did, and all too often give
no thought to the women who gave them life, the women who
supported them, the women who cared for the children while
they did what they did, who kept the home fires burning and
families fed. There is a certain adrenaline flow that takes
place when you are involved in movement activities and
trying to make a difference, a satisfaction in doing the
right thing and sometimes being successful in righting
what's wrong. However, the really true heroes in this are
the women who do day after day what needs to be done, and
give their children the values they need to stand up for
what is right in this world.
Again, I want to thank
you, you can't imagine how much it means to a prisoner to be
remembered. When a person goes to prison their immediate
family, relatives and friends are attentive on some level,
but as time goes on, it's almost as if you had died and you
are only remembered on certain occasions. There are a
multitude of people in prison that they have forgotten about
that were movement people, people who stood up for the
earth, the animals, nature, water rights, human rights,
civil rights, all of those things, and have been forgotten.
They are only remembered
by a few.
I am really truly thankful
and I have to be thankful to all of the movement people
throughout the world who have recognized the injustice that
has been perpetuated against Indigenous people. And I am
fortunate that there are those who have found me to be
evidence of that injustice because of all of the legal
recognition from the courts of the improper proceedings that
My case as many of
you well know probably has more recognition of improprieties
than most, and I recognize that I am an ordinary man who has
been cast into an extraordinary situation, and have served
as legal evidence of their wrongdoing.
Forgive me if I am getting
too wordy and singing to the choir, but I have probably had
too much time to think. I do want to encourage all of you to
keep standing up for what is right to keep trying to right
what is wrong, and I want you to know there are those who
appreciate what you do, and oftentimes you may find yourself
the only one standing up.
And more often than not,
whether you realized it or not, it was your Mother that
directly or indirectly gave you that strength, that woman
you should celebrate on your birthday. I encourage all of
you to have fun, enjoy your freedom, enjoy your life and
have some cake and ice cream, or pemmican, or hotdogs or dog
stew for me.
And remember when you
stand up, wherever you are, I'll be standing with you even
though it's some distant place.
In closing again I want
you to enjoy and know that I am thinking of you and
appreciative and may the Great Spirit Bless you with all you
need and enough to share with others.
I'll close for now, got
some thinking to do, Ayee.
In the Spirit of Crazy