In the eight years since former Prime Minister Stephen Harper offered a full apology on behalf of the Canadian people for the residential schools crisis, it would be nice if we could tout the great strides that Aboriginal people have made. The reality is Canada’s first and fastest growing population continues to face serious struggles: violence, substance abuse problems, high incarceration rates and devastating suicide numbers.
However, last year newly minted Prime Minister Trudeau committed to a public inquiry into murdered and missing Aboriginal woman, so there is some hope that humble apologies will soon be replaced with problem-solving policy. But in areas of fashion and activism, First Nations people are leaving their mark and making bold, startling moves while finding beauty and humour in their past and present.
With National Aboriginal Month drawing to a close, we spoke to three First Nations people about where they’re at personally and where they’re headed.
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