She's Not the Elephant in the Room

"On October 12th, 2016, my 16-year-old sister, Nicole, passed away suddenly. I will never forget the evening my father phoned to tell me she was missing nor the following night when my mother phoned to tell me she was "no longer with us". I have never understood a darkness so great nor an emptiness so deep. It is still something I struggle with every day and something I will continue to struggle with into the uncertain future."

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Colonialism 150

"I remember the days when I would paint my nails red and white, put on temporary Canadian flag tattoos, and lay on my blanket out on my friend’s front lawn as her dad set off fireworks for all the neighbours to enjoy.  However, as I grew older and became more exposed to the dark history of Canada’s relationship with the Indigenous peoples of Turtle Island, I felt conflicted about what the day represented."

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