"We need a new totem beyond the beaver that dams up our rivers. The turtle is not a predator and is wise and very ancient. The Americans have the eagle, which flies high and goes to the moon, but it's a predator. It takes whatever it wants. It flies over the beaver pond of Canada and takes our beavers, and then the nest of American industry is littered with the bones of the Canadian imagination. I want to see the land claims settled and the political stuff cleaned up so we can move forward as the collective conscience of a future that we're all part of."
DUKE REDBIRD, Toronto poet, storyteller, artist, actor, consultant, Saugeen First Nation