Being an Indigenous student comes with its own unique set of experiences.
In the era of ‘Reconciliation’, post-secondary education has become the catalyst for change within our communities; the bridge between two systems of knowledge, and the foundation on which we’ve begun to create understanding.
It’s also a delicate balance between retaining one’s identity and pursuing one’s dreams. For many of us, it is a constant struggle between voicing our opinion and becoming a spokesperson, between sharing culture and becoming entertainment, between creating our own path and honouring our traditions.
It’s a strange feeling to discuss residential schools historically as if they aren’t our grandparents, aunts, and uncles were talking about. It’s even more odd to discuss Indigenous peoples in Canada and their traditions while sitting in a class as an Indigenous person still following those same traditions.
As we make our way through higher education and work together towards Reconciliation, we must find a way to first reconcile our own paths. To walk in our journey holding the knowledge of both worlds in balance. To learn from and with each other. Reconciliation starts here. Reconciliation starts with you, and it starts with me.