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s-kwíkwal quotes

Our stories and our culture is our wealth. But it will be very common sometimes within the Western culture to just take, you know, to get the information, get the stories and not realize that a good way to give back is sharing your own family history. Sharing stories is a way of showing mutual respect.

I walk in there very intentionally, like I'm a representative of my community and this class is on my land. So I dispel and I break the perspective (that I am a guest)- and it seems calculated, but it helps facilitate the class- I will speak in my language and welcome them to the land and yes, that is very strategic. It breaks the dynamic and that tradition of “we have a guest that has been invited into the classroom”

I find sometimes in business when you work with business people, they conduct themselves and it'll be transactional, which doesn't necessarily have to be a bad thing, but I feel sometimes people will work to create terms that primarily benefit them and they're not exploring and seeing how the relationship could be a benefit to both parties.

Within our cultures, there's not a separation between truth telling and storytelling. Storytelling plays a very significant role in sharing the truth and sharing your heart and connecting with people. And story has been used all through the time for people to educate, to communicate, to build relationships.

There’s been such a strong narrative about indigenous people that we have not been an active participant in. So we're really doing this work to highlight that - it may seem odd to say- but that we're human. Because Indigenous people historically have been dehumanized and that orchestrates and provides a reason, an excuse for an entire dominant society to take a people and allow them to experience massive population decline and to take their children and rip them away from their families and put them in institutions where they're tortured and abused. There is a whole narrative surrounding that policy, that practice. And so there's a lot of subconscious story about our people. When we do this work, it's not always about going directly into that most difficult part of our history, but to literally show up as an ambassador, as a representative of who we know our people to truly be and to spend an afternoon with guests, with local organizations and corporations and give them a highlight of who we know we are to be.

When you're an indigenous person doing business, you experience racism. It could be covert when things are going well. But as soon as you have a breakdown of communication, it has potential to swing it’s nasty head, so to speak. It's almost like racism shows as a lack of confidence (in my abilities). Like a low expectation of me.