Many people claiming to be Indigenous do not share our collective experience – CBC

Many people claiming to be Indigenous do not share our collective experience – CBC

by ahnationtalk on July 27, 202139 Views

Jul 27, 2021

Some of us can’t just turn off being Indigenous whenever it’s convenient for us

We need to address what makes someone Indigenous and clearly identify who can apply for Indigenous programming and scholarships in Canada. Today, it’s seemingly easy for people to claim Indigeneity and “self-declare” by checking a box when applying for school.

During my first day of law school, I remember being confused after attending the orientation for Indigenous law students, only to be surrounded by predominantly white people.

When you think about joining something called the Native Summer Law Program, you would never imagine being one of the few visibly Indigenous people enrolled. Later, a friend of mine joked that she had also felt lost because she couldn’t find any visibly Indigenous students. I was relieved that I wasn’t the only person feeling out of place in my brown skin.

Read More: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/saskatchewan/opinion-too-easy-claim-indigeneity-1.6114558

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