Abuse Is Wrong In Any Culture: for First Nations and Métis people

“You carried on the traditions of alcohol and violence
The city stripped you clean of your culture, hopes and dreams
The penn wall continues to remind you of your girl's screams
It was love no doubt
But how you do it burned out
Long ago in you
Should have stopped the cycle from carrying through
Now the son who you've created saw the things you do
And will probably pick up where you left off too
She wanted to save you so bad
Should have saved herself first
What could have been the best thing you had
Took a turn for the worst
But don't live on regrets
She's gone, move on, but don't forget.

Too sick to stop the cycle
Hammer this nail into my head
Living in the cost of culture loss
Some say I'm better off dead.”

From "Too Sick" reproduced with the permission of Eekwol

About this booklet

This booklet is written for First Nations and Métis people who are hurting because of violence in their lives. However, everyone who is being hurt, or who is hurting others—woman or man, old or young, First Nations and Métis or not—is encouraged to get help.

When we say First Nations and Métis in this booklet, it includes all Aboriginal people, but a separate publication in this series is available for Inuit.

Read this booklet if you:

  • are living with violence or abuse at home—in your relationship, or in your family;
  • want a healthier, happier home for you and your children; or
  • are worried about another person in your family or community who is living with violence or abuse at home.

This booklet will help you understand:

  • the dynamics of abuse and family violence; and
  • that violence and abuse are not part of First Nations or Métis culture.

If you know someone who is hurting, you can tell them they are not alone ... and you can show them this booklet in a safe place.


The information in this publication is not a substitute for legal advice. To receive legal advice about your specific situation, you need to speak to a lawyer.

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