Sometimes being in this skin feels unbearable. Constantly being under attack by a colonial state, watching intergenerational trauma dance to life in front of our eyes. It feels like we are constantly grieving something new; whether that's our own trauma or the collective heartbreak of our peoples.
This morning we awoke to the news that the RCMP raided the Wet'suwet'en camp in the wee hours of the morning, arresting more youth land protectors. It is another heavy day in NDN country. I know for me personally, hearing this news and also continuing a work project researching Indigenous gender-based trauma, has impacted both my body and my mind. Trauma and grief isn't just emotional; it can also manifest through physical pain and exhaustion - something we Indigenous peoples know all too well, with many of us self-medicating or isolating from our communities.
But that's not what this blog post is about. It's about how even with all this shit we have to deal with on a daily basis, it is so good to be Indigenous. We are literally the dreams our ancestors wished into being. We are stronger than we give ourselves credit for. Yes, trauma is intergenerational but so is our survival and thrival. We are allowed to celebrate our Indigenaity, our browness, our diversity, and our healing.
So with that, I say let's put on a bad ass playlist of Indigenous artists from across Turtle Island and dance our hearts out. Because "we are our own best medicine" (quote from Jonny Appleseed by Joshua Whitehead). Let''s be NDN on purpose because even through the hardships, there is nothing else I'd rather be.
Here's a playlist I've made to accompany this post