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Meeting the world’s Indigenous peoples changed how I saw colonialism – and Canada – CBC

by ahnationtalk on August 10, 201799 Views

‘We can come together collectively, as Indigenous nations, and bring revolution to our own peoples.’

Today is the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples. For me, it’s a reminder that Indigenous systems — and kinship between global Indigenous peoples — are true resistance to the world’s colonial systems.

I learned about the importance of Indigenous kinship and Indigenous systems in 2012, as I navigated the rigid confines of New York City to attend the 11th Session of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Peoples, where I became the North American Focal Point to the Global Indigenous Youth Caucus.

I learned this, in part, from an older woman from the Ogiek people in Narok country (in Kenya) named Ana Namaret ena Sena, who later told me to call her Mama, walking by my side.

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