I grew up North of the 60th parallel, raised across Treaty 8 Territory in what is known as the Northwest Territories, or Denendeh. As a young Dene/Métis girl, my definition of home, much like my nomadic ancestors, was relative to my current location, whether my maternal First Nation, my family’s small cabin along the river, the predominantly settler hub-town I spent my younger years, or the capital city I spent my high-school years. The relative feeling of “home,” although limited to the sub-Arctic bubble I lived in, bred a fierce curiosity in me that transcended the North. Through my fascination of global studies and current events, the scope of my dreams widened, spanning across places and landscapes that appeared so foreign and distant to my reality. Come junior high I was restless with the dream of leaving the North in pursuit of international travel and social justice. So…

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