Sadetło

Tłı̨chǫ “I am Tłı̨chǫ on my Mother’s side and on my Father’s side, I come from a Scottish and English background. But growing up in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories living only an hour away from my Mother’s family, I felt more connected to my Indigenous heritage. From a young age, I was taught important Tłı̨chǫ cultural practices and…

Chelsea

Tlingit & Southern Tutchone Ta’an Kwächä’n Council Crow Clan “I am a member of Ta’an Kwäch’än First Nation and from the Crow clan. Growing up I always had an interest in my First Nations culture; searched to find out more about my Ancestors. As a child I did a project in school about my Great…

Amisk Ospwagan (Savannah)

Cree/Metis Frog Lake Cree Nation, Michel Band First Nation and Fishing Lake Metis Settlement   “I grew up fairly removed from my community and culture so it is difficult for me to ‘own’ my Cree-ness. My mom has always told me that I need to find a way to walk in both worlds, but it…

Ikt’samgilagame’ (Julia)

Dzawada‘enuxw “I am caught between two worlds. I have a blog about my identity issues (links below). What has helped me through my journey of reconnection has been creating a relationship with the land. The land doesn’t care what colour you are, but instead how you treat and interact with her. My family in Kincome…

Cha Nimke Nagwagin Kwe (Jasmin)

Algonquins of Pikwàkanagàn First Nation   “I’ve continuously been mistook for that of another ethnicity. ‘Wow, your hair is so curly. Are you Italian?’ ‘You speak Spanish and are a little sassy, you must be a Latina!’ Never in any of these instances have I been properly identified as Indigenous. As a result, it has…

Jenna

Citizen Potawatomi / Métis, and Cherokee / German   “Early in life, my parents gave me an introduction to my Indigenous culture, which was as much as they could show me since they were only given the same handful of knowledge themselves. Not too long into my childhood was I then introduced to Christianity. That…

Sadusgé (Dawn)

Tlingit/Tagish Carcross/Tagish First Nation “My give names are Dawn Angela Duquette and Tlingit name Sadusgé, which means ‘one who magnifies her voice.’ Soon I will have a Tagish name as well. I am from the Deeshitaan clan and my grandparents are John and Mable Baker. I am 29 years old residing in Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada…

Joella

Northern Tutchone, First Nation of Na-cho Nyak Dun Crow Clan “My identity was never really an issue for me as I grew up with a strong foundation, knowing who my family was and where I cam from. Although, growing up I was asked ‘are you part Japanese?’, ‘are you Greek?’ and people were often surprised…

Jenna

Ta’an Kwäch’än Council “Growing up I felt very affected by being a “pale” Indigenous person. I did not always feel like I belonged, and at one particular cultural event I remember feeling like an outcast, and as though I was not welcome at the event by some of the other children because of my fair…

Kūnah (Andrew)

Champagne and Aishihik First Nation “Growing up I identified as First Nation, but as I grew older I started to see myself as Whindian (White Indian). Years I have been a part of the Dakwakada Dancers and growing up we would go to celebration in Juneau, Alaska and myself and my brothers would get looks…