Program & Level: Life Sciences III
Growing up, I only learned of Indigenous communities and their history through sugar-coated classroom lessons. In the summer of my tenth grade, my school sent a few members of our student council to a week long leadership camp in Northern Ontario. Prior to that, I had never been witness to more than a few lessons in class about Indigenous culture and history, the majority of which was sugarcoated and fairy-tale like. I expected to spend the week making new friends, singing around a campfire, and swimming in the lake. What I didn’t expect was the lessons and stories, and sharing of history that I would receive from local Indigenous leaders. Only then, did I start to realize that as the daughter of immigrants I needed to better recognize my position as a settler of this land for which I truly had not take the time to know its true ancestral history. I am looking forward to the continued unlearning, and coming together to advocate for all residents of Turtle Island.