Dear Academy, our reconciliation is not your capital

This is our livelihood, this is our home, and this is our ceremony. The systems we work within are actively disregarding our Indigeniety, and we work within these systems willingly in order to make our society a better place for Indigenous and non-Indigenous people

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our fire is hungry and so are we

In Sylvia McAdam's "Nationhood Interrupted" (Which is amazing I highly recommend it) She discussed the roles of women pre contact. The roles our Nêhiyaw iskwew had were powerful, meaningful roles that upheld our communities. Our iskwew were never complacent, never the object of a mans will - and never subject to demeaning treatment or people who would not allow them to be exactly what they were - iskwew - promising the existence of the future generations.