Indigenous, resistance, queer, sexual education
Nazbah: She knows a lot more about sex education than even the teachers who are educating them. She’ll come home laughing about the sex education that she’s gotten because she’s like “that doesn’t make sense to tell folks very superficial basic stuff around sex ed.” She’s like, “that’s not gonna prevent me from getting pregnant”. You know? Yah.
Catherine: Well she – it was really funny because the sex ed. in her class – we were laughing because she said that they would tell – the teacher was saying, “if you are interested in someone, you ask them what are they interested in, if it’s similar to what you’re interested in, you say ‘me too’ and you smile”.
Catherine: I thought, “Wow”. I said, “when was the last time your teacher got laid?” (General laughter) ‘cause that is like – like where did they come from that like – from what planet did they come from that they think that that’s how you pickup? So it just, I mean she – like is the thing is that um, I feel her going to school is that yah, there’s the entire thing of like, you know, learning social studies and math, and music, and all that stuff, but everything with regards to sex education and things with regards to Canadian history which is most definitely, as a household, because we are an Indigenous household is that we have to be constantly unlearning things and thankfully we have a kid who is perfectly fine with unlearning. She’s grown up in a household where she knows when she comes home she gonna be getting a completely different story.
Catherine: And that’s part of being queer, you know, it’s that queer is not just our sexuality it’s a constant questioning of where we are placed in society, and so there’s a lot of that she knows that her mom was a slut, she know that her mom has had several partners and that I’m very proud of my body and that there – if anybody did a google search on me at any time they could naked photos of me and that is part of her growing up. And so she just understands the risk there of being that person. So that’s just part of it, I guess. That’s her lifestyle: that she goes there, she learns what supposed normal people learn, she comes back and she hears a completely different story and she’s very open to it-
Tara: So she’s doing negotiation between what she lives – what she’s learning at school and what she learns at home.
Tara: And it sounds like she’s doing fine with all of that.
Catherine: It is. I mean that’s not to say – it’s a struggle, I mean sometimes it’s a real joke. I mean we just laugh about it all the time.