if we are canadian

if we are canadian
why do i see predominately white
in the red
white
and red


the flag whose leaf
i am equally loyal


if we are canadian
why is my language
so importantly first
<english

not french
cantonese
swahili

or haida


the tongue whose wit
is equally apt


if we are canadian
why is my fight
a war i never started

	      november 11

the country whose freedom
is equally mine



if we are canadian
why is my opinion on wine
books
blues
folk
denied


the palate whose taste
is equally refined


if we are canadian
why do we think that first nations
(first canadians)
are privileged to have health care
("status")

when the last residential school closed
in 1996
the late 1900s

the century whose history
is equally present,


if we are canadian?
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