Commentary: Let’s start with what cultural appropriation is not – Global News

by ahnationtalk on May 19, 201755 Views

May 19, 2017

Aylan Couchie is an Anishinaabe artist from Nipissing First Nation in Northern Ontario. She is currently an MFA Candidate at OCAD University where she is pursuing her graduate studies. Her research focuses on Indigenous monument and public art.

When we were children, my sister and I were bussed to and from separate schools.

On the ride home, I would transfer from my bus onto my seven-year-old sister’s where I’d regularly discover her in tears, having been subjected to verbal and physical harassment by teenagers on the same trip. Those days were the first time I’d heard the word “squaw,” and I could never figure out why someone would want to burn wagons.

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