We would like to thank one of our Contents Supervisors, Tammy Parenteau, for sharing her incredible story about growing up Indigenous in Vancouver and how Residential schools impacted her.
𝙄 𝙛𝙞𝙣𝙖𝙡𝙡𝙮 𝙛𝙚𝙡𝙩 𝙡𝙞𝙠𝙚 𝙄 𝙬𝙖𝙨 𝙖 𝙥𝙖𝙧𝙩 𝙤𝙛 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙘𝙤𝙢𝙢𝙪𝙣𝙞𝙩𝙮.
Since then, I have done my best to let go of all the negative experiences that happened to me because of being Indigenous. I focused on creating healthy experiences for my children to have the childhood that I was not afforded and create a relationship with the Indigenous community at a much younger age.
“When will it stop?”
I asked her what she meant and she responded with:
“The racism against Indigenous people”
I didn’t really have an answer, and I thought about it for a second and explained to her:
“It may never stop, it’s always going to be there it’s up to us to just try to push past it, to be strong! and proud of who we are as people!”
I am reminded of the conversation I had with Cheyenne whenever I’m with others, and we find ourselves in the downtown eastside. Because I know that people do not always feel safe down there, but that is where I was born and raised and that unfortunately, is where I see a lot of Indigenous people struggling. We must be kind to everyone and realize that we don’t know what led them to struggle and that there is so much generational trauma that continues to affect the community to this day.
Finally, I would like to say that it makes me proud to be a part of a company like Platinum Pro-Claim that has recognized the Indigenous community and the generational problems that have continued to echo through our communities because of the residential school system. I am honoured that PPCR has chosen to observe the federal holiday and provided all its staff with the opportunity to reflect and educate themselves about the Indigenous community, of which I am a proud member.