Inspired by Canada‘s upcoming sesquicentennial, 150 Stories pays tribute to Canada‘s diversity, democratic principles and multiculturalism by telling the stories of remarkable Canadian individuals, organizations, initiatives and historic events.
“The Royal Proclamation is like a Charter of Rights for First Nations people that the federal government has to abide by,” Sol explains. “It provides recognition of all the inherent rights, especially recognition of title and of the sovereignty of the governments of our nations.”
As a Kanyen’keha:ka (Mohawk) woman and a long-standing active member of the Hamilton Urban Aboriginal Community, I also maintain ties to my home reserve, Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory, Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte. Community is very important to me, as well as to Mohawk culture.
“The thing is,” explains Voyageur, “is that there is a lot of misinformation out there about the indigenous community. A lot of what’s written isn’t flattering. This doesn’t tell an accurate story because there is a difference between opinion and fact. Discrimination is part of the school system, not part of change.”