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They’re proud of who they are’ – Prince Albert Daily Herald

La Ronge exhibit displaying student artwork representing Indigenous identities
Colleen Charles wants youth to be proud of their roots.

She’s an Indigenous Studies instructor at Northlands College, a post-secondary institution in northern Saskatchewan.
Charles posed an assignment to students in two of her classes last semester. She started by walking them through the five stages of colonialism—which includes contact and cooperation and displacement and assimilation—and then handed each student a blank canvas.

“I said ‘I want you to use any medium, whether it be acrylic, oils, pen, pencil, pencil crayon. Use any medium and I want you to depict who you are as Indigenous, meaning Cree, Dene, Met’s’ There are some non-Indigenous folks in my class as well,” she said.

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