There were hundreds of people gathered to hear more than a dozen speakers. People brought flags and banners and signs with all kinds of messages on them, mostly demand for fair treatment, recognition of indigenous rights and solidarity.
Growing up, I experienced many gender-based injustices and I saw it as a prevalent thing happening in my community. As a result, I continue to work hard to foster a society where everyone is equal so that people may have a better quality of life.
There is no particular day when I became interested in social justice. I have always fought for things to be fair. I became more determined to succeed when I saw how children I cared for were judged based on their level of development, culture or sex.
When she was just four years old, Molly Burke’s world began to darken: she was diagnosed with Retinitis Pigmentosa, a retinal disease causing loss of vision.Drawing from deeply personal experiences, Molly brings audiences, especially students, a uniquely young and current perspective on issues many of them face each day. Her message—that any challenge in life, whether it’s bullying, mental illness or a loss of vision, can be overcome—resonates powerfully.
As a First Nation’s youth, I walk two paths in life and strive to tell one story. My story is about the strength and courage needed to live through the hearts of my people and to walk in a world so different from mine.
It is the courage to fight colonialism and assimilation.
It is the courage to fight ignorance and assumption.
The Miss G_ Project’s goal has always been the inclusion of an elective Gender Studies course in the provincial curriculum that could provide young people with a safe space and critical tools with which to understand their lives.
It all started when I was three years old, it was 1983 we lived in a two bedroom town house, and we didn’t have a television, or the cable was cut off. At the time I didn’t think anything of it, because my mum and grandma protected me from the hardships of reality that we faced.
But to Aboriginal people this is our home, we were here first. We are Indigenous to this land. Yet, despite this reality it is difficult to find our voice amongst all the others who have integrated here.