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When it comes to the past, the quotation, “History is written by the victors” is supposed to be the bottom-line. But the truth is, history is more often true only until it’s uncovered. Unfortunately, often such revelations induce intense reactions. … Continue reading
I used to have a belief that some races were superior to me and for years never even knew I had this belief. So pitiful, as I was not taught the truth. Now I know that I learned this because … Continue reading
It’s not often I re-post a story, but in addition to explaining the background of what September 30th – “Orange Shirt Day” means to me and my family, I wanted to add the story of the person who was behind the … Continue reading
A former story revised, Part 2: Aside from having to dream up a name to match any exotic ancestry I could claim, my real family history was more colourful than that anyway. Continue reading
A former story revised, Part 1: My name is Pipisew. I grew up with deep and even unconscious shame about my childhood. I blamed most of it on the fact that I’d been born an “Indian”. I would learn that in fact, my ancestry did indeed have a great deal to do with that, but not for the reasons I’d been taught… Continue reading
Thanks so much for coming by for this story, but the revision of Half-Breed to Metis was published in error on April 1st. It is scheduled for publication on April 18th. Please come back then to read it, and … Continue reading
There was a time I needed to feel safe. So, I would just be the Italian, Eurasion or Greek. It was better to be whatever I wasn’t because anything was better than pain. I didn’t have my grandmother’s arms to … Continue reading
Part 2 to September 22, 2014 post: Pathetic and Dense; You HAVE To Be an Indian.
I’m not an authority on all things Indigenous. I am only an authority on being one. Despite my great-grandfather, Henry McCorrister being an Indian signatory on Treaty 8, most of the information regarding our history with government oversight is new to me, as I expect it will be new to most of you. What a shame this statement is.
I have questioned leaders on both sides of the ‘cultural divide’ to explain why many details of our histories, like the ones I’m passing on now, aren’t common knowledge by now instead of common misconceptions. Continue reading