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‘I was born into opposition’: Eriel Deranger talks about her roots of pushing back – APTN News

by ahnationtalk on February 12, 202042 Views

February 11, 2020

Eriel Tchekwie Deranger jokes about coming up with chants and making protest signs being her arts and crafts while growing up, but she was literally born into standing up for Indigenous and environmental rights.

Just prior to her birth, Deranger’s family was forcibly removed from their trap line in northern Saskatchewan in order to make way for a uranium mine.

Deranger, who is Dene and a member of the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation, then spent the early years of her life growing up downstream from the Alberta oil sands.

“I was born into opposition to extractivism and continued colonization of our peoples and our territories.”

“When I was a child, I remember the forest being much thicker and dense in between the area between Fort McMurray and Fort McKay. I remember playing in the rivers and streams around Fort McMurray when I was little” says Deranger.

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