We asked our Leadership Camp what the word change means to them...
Change. One definition of change is make or become different.
I want to be part of a bigger change in being more diverse in what we do especially in the school system. We learn about WW1 and WW2 but we barely learn about what happens to the people of colour in the past. We learn all about the male leaders and how great they are but we never learn about the female. Or we only learn about what happened in Europe or United States but we never learn about what happens in Canada. Indigenous peoples went through a lot in North America. And the older people who aren’t Indigenous don’t know what happened. So I want to change that because myself being an Indigenous person growing up in a society where people think I am going to give up after high school, drop out or become an alcoholic or a drug addict just because of my race is hard. Because people made a “stereotype” towards Indigenous people and it’s hard to show them the good in something when they grew up being told something else.
That’s what I want to change. I want to be able to do anything, and be anything I want to be and not have a label on me cause of my race. No one should have to walk around with a label on them. Thank you for listening.