Letter: If I Had a Rocket Launcher

Editor:

I have written a song to honour the 215 children whose remains were found near the former residential school at Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc.

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The song was inspired by a protest song of the same name by Canadian recording artist Bruce Cockburn.

The man who raised me was Métis and this was the only way I could express my feelings regarding this tragedy.

My most sincere and deepest condolences to Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc and the Shuswap Nation Tribal Council.

If I Had A Rocket Launcher

Still counting children’s bodies — that’s 215 today

The Pope’s conscience is in tatters — he hopes it all just goes away

Just how many have they murdered — only their “good” God can say

If I had a rocket launcher, I’d make somebody pay

I don’t believe in colour — and I don’t believe in hate

I don’t believe in Cardinals or their silver cups and plates

Go talk with the Survivors — tales too sickening to relate

If I had a rocket launcher, I would not hesitate

On the North shore of the Thompson — two-hundred-fifteen lay

They fell to exploitation — never had a chance to play

From the People of the Confluence — one dead child for each Estate

If I had a rocket launcher, I would retaliate

So sick of their betrayals — and all their gentile lies

Each year a broken promise — more politicians to despise

‘Stead of Reconciliation — platitudes and orange shirts

If I had a rocket launcher, each son-of-a-bitch would hurt

You’d think they’d have a conscience — or at least pretend to try

Every time I think about it — those children’s pain flows from my eyes

Their goal sure was to make desolate — echoes of their victims’ cries

If I had a rocket launcher, each son-of-a-bitch would die

Andrew Schaer

Kamloops

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