Article written by: Maddie Case & Lauren Archer
The interviewee kindly asked to remain anonymous and we thank her for sharing her experiences with Queen’s for Critical Empowerment. Our interviewee’s experience as an Indigenous woman in Canada is far from isolated, as exemplified by Mique’l Dangeli’s experience fighting the Federal Government earlier this summer. She is a member of the Tsimshian First Nation and their territory is located on the Canada-Alaska border. Her Canadian citizenship was threatened earlier this year due to the Federal Government’s recognition of her and her territory as outside of Canada. Mique'l argued that she is not an immigrant to her nation's traditional territory and discussed the importance of remaining on traditional territory for the cultural continuity of her language. Her story exemplifies contemporary struggles Indigenous peoples face against the dominant social order, similarly shown by our anonymous interviewee’s contribution. As per the request of the interviewee to remain anonymous, we took the opportunity to share Mique’l’s similar story to raise awareness of contemporary issues faced by Indigenous women in Canada.
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For more information on Mique’l’s story, visit: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/indigenous-woman-fights-to-stay-in-canada-saying-traditional-territory-is-b-c-1.4729876