mancôsa î-môwikot is how nêhiyawak, the Plains Cree, describe cancer, which translates to “he/she is being eaten by bugs,” my nehiyaw friend and relative Robin Mcleod says. Cancer is new to us as Indigenous people in relation to the dispossession of our territories and our correlating oppression and subjugation. n Brown and Black bodies, cancer like diabetes, high blood pressure, and many others is a disease that is symptomatic of colonialism and capitalism.
This life-giving relational energy will catch you when you fall and then you, in turn, will catch others instead of pushing them off the edge colonial style. As our kinship webs grow stronger, our families, our Clans, our Lodges, and our Nations grow stronger and no matter what that colonial energy tries to do, they simply can’t break us.