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Why Self-Identify? Learn more from other Queen's students

Brittany Macbeth
ArtSci’17

“Self identifying sparked an interest in learning more about my culture. I didn't really know much about my background, other than knowing my mum was Mohawk. Now after coming to Four Directions, I am able to serve as a mentor to Aboriginal Youth in Kingston by getting involved with the Right to Play NGO. I am so inspired. I have learned as much from them as they have learned from me.”

 

Thomas Diamond
 Medicine’20

“It was a no-brainer – I never really knew what to do with it. I love how you feel included in this community.  I choose to self-identify in class. I like that people look to me in class as a resource. A lot of people in medicine are unaware of our history, and it is an opportunity educate, grow personally, and push myself beyond my own boundaries.”

Taylor Bluhm​
Nursing’18

“I’ve never not self-identified. It has made me more comfortable with myself. Its nice to talk to people who are going through the same things as you are. If I ever have a question about absolutely anything, Four Directions is always there to help answer my questions. I am so excited to be the Alma Mater Society’s (AMS) Deputy Commissioner of Indigenous Affairs next year!”

 

Jason Mercredi
Law’18

“Throughout my undergrad I have worked as an Indigenous liaison. I now work with the Law School on developing better ways implement enrolment and retention strategies.I have always self-identified. I have always understood Canada as not having a general knowledge of who aboriginal people are, so self-identifying is my way of contributing to the education system. Choosing to self-identify at Queen’s is my way of letting the administration and the students know there are indigenous people here - and more will be enrolling.”

Catalina Thornhill 
Comm’17

“ I choose to self-Identify because I have access to resources that I wouldn't have otherwise been exposed to. It is extremely helpful to have a personal support system for specific questions at anytime.” 

 

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