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Not My Territory*: Perspectives From Urban Indigenous People Across Canada – HuffPost Canada
by ahnationtalk onNovember 26, 2018250 Views
They’re one of the country’s fastest growing populations.
I’ve spent a large portion of my life as an urban Indigenous person. My father’s side of the family is from Tyendinaga (The Bay of Quinte), a Mohawk community two hours east of Toronto, while my mother’s is of primarily Scottish descent, I think from Kirkcaldy.
I grew up in Taymouth N.B., but I’ve also lived in Cape Tormentine N.B., Hammonds Plains N.S., Ottawa, Sherbrooke Que., Vancouver and now, Toronto. But I’ve never lived on Tyendinaga territory.
Every time I’ve moved, it’s felt like starting over. The silver lining, however, has always been finding Indigenous people who live in each city that I can connect with. Through Indigenous cultural associations, my work as a journalist or just on Twitter, we share certain lived experiences, and not having to explain your positionality to new people all the time is refreshing.