While I myself am still learning about myself and what it means for me to fit in, I would and will never hide the fact that I am mixed.
We hope that this supplement shines light on Indigenous resistance, resilience, and excellence and shows the current rekindling of Indigenous culture taking place in so-called “Canada”.
There is still a preconception that Indigeneity is something to hide, something to be ashamed of — especially in our generation. But, our existence was not born of gradual and welcomed change but a forceful shift in everything we knew. But now, more than ever, we as Indigenous people are finally reclaiming ourselves.
Why is cultural appropriation so hard for folks to understand?
I came to UBC expecting a safe environment and supportive space for Indigenous students. Seeing a white supremacist welcomed on stolen land was jarring.