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When Roseanne moved to Vancouver, she felt good about how indigenous people were represented in the city. But that all changed one morning when she was out shopping... and was confronted by a hot-pink display consisting of a tipi and fake mukluks. But when she asked the shop owner to explain the display, things took a turn.
"He said, verbatim: 'that's none of your damn business, and I'm going to have to ask you to leave the store now'."
After being asked to leave, Roseanne wondered why the conversation became so heated so quickly.
'Being told you are being racist can be something really difficult to deal with, and I feel for people who experience that'.
'That doesn't make him a bad person, it means we need to have an educated conversation. It means we have to talk about it.'" -excerpt from the New Fire CBC Article.
It is incredibly challenging as an Indigenous person to speak out and use your voice when you're all alone in racially driven situations - especially coming from a life of oppression and trying to reason with someone who represents the oppression itself.
The past few years, I have seen an incredible wave of outspoken activists on social media who are speaking out on issues ranging from Cultural Appropriation to Feminism to Black Lives Matter. And although it's inspiring and motivating to see so many people coming together on a platform that did not exist a decade or so ago, it's still frustrating to come up against ignorance constantly.
It's exhausting having to constantly explain your existence as a minority and to try be human in a world that has dehumanized your demographic for hundreds, if not thousands of years.
Seeing my story air on the radio is a form of healing. It's a way for people to have further understanding on First Nations life and the things we go through and have to consider on a regular basis. And the more that we listen to one another as human beings and have educated discourse on very real issues, the better off we'll be as one human race.
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