Participants: Catherine & Nazbah; Queer; Indigenous; Resistance
Catherine: I remember when she was about, um, seven-ish, I think, her teacher said, when they were doing Aboriginal Studies they said, um, Indigenous folks live on reservations because the government put them where nature could thrive.
Catherine: Who says that? I mean, back then. This was after the year 2000, you can not believe that a teacher would believe that. That there’s some sort of place with like rainbows and unicorns and, and you know pastures and clean water that they are imaging are happening on reservations. So of course, she was the one who decided being a queer spawn. She was like, “I would like to do a project that is the complete opposite of this. So she made a project, presented it to the teacher, about residential schools and –like that’s what she wanted to focus on because she felt that other kids would connect to that particular subject matter when it comes to Indigenous history and the teacher refused to acknowledge it. Thankfully because of the fact that with the daycare we go to –we often go to the East View Public School to go to the literacy centre there, there is a very high Indigenous population there. And at that time they had the, uh, the Early Start education. So um, we went there, went to the principal, and she put it up in East View.
Catherine: And Arden was very proud of herself.
Catherine: I’m just appalled that a teacher would believe that, that nature thrives on a reservation.