At Canada’s private schools — or “independent schools” as they are also known when they are not-for-profit-unparalleled academic education goes without saying. These schools routinely report that all their graduates receive multiple university admission offers.
Was Joseph Boyden’s uncle Earl telling the truth or was he lying when he told a Maclean’s writer years ago that he had no Indigenous blood (“Who gets to be Indigenous?, Essay, Sept. 2017)? Regardless of whether he was or wasn’t being honest, the fact remains that I expect people chosen to be honorary witnesses for something as serious as the Truth and Reconciliation Commission to be full-blooded First Nations or Inuit, or Metis from a recognized Metis settlement, instead of someone claiming only a “small part” of Indigenous ancestry in his/her bloodline.
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