First Nation People

Racism is real and alive in North America. Indigenous people (Native Americans, Métis and Inuits) are by far the least supported ethnic group in North America, we are are North American.

Everyone living here should understand that America has what it has because it stole land from indigenous people. Everyone else is on their turf, taking up their space. For Indigenous Americans, this is home, and the great majority is still trying to make us vanish. It is so difficult to have some recognition of the people who lived on this land before you?

It is Black, Native women and mixed race women who are most likely to be raped in their lifetimes in America. You cannot be an advocate against sexual violence without considering the impact of race.

Please don’t refer to things as your “spirit animal” if you’re not Native. There are other ways to express affinity with something.

Don’t make us be the  diversity individual in the work place to prove that you are diversified and do not have racist hiring practicing. Having one individual that is from another culture does not make your hiring practices less racist. This has happened to me early in my career and it sucks.

Don’t assume or guess people’s races. This is not a fun game for us. I’ve had people start speaking to me in Italian thinking that’s what my cultural background is. It’s not. Even if it was, I might be born here and never really learned Italian. I have a friend who was adopted as a child. So many assume that he speaks Mandarin, which is not the case.

The same goes for dismissing people’s cultural experiences and background, because they don’t have the right look. How can you throw her or his experiences, her or his feelings and her or his writing away because to you she do not look native enough? My daughter is blond and gray eyes. Both her parents are Métis. I had to have meeting with teachers who told her she was lying about her cultural background. I shouldn’t have to show up and explain that as for the people who think she is not native enough, well, I assure you that she went through the same experiences as her elders regardless of what her hair and facial features look like right now. My words shouldn’t have more weight than my daughters because I have the right look.

 

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