"National Aboriginal Day is a celebration of my culture. It is a day celebrating a large part of my identity in the world and a day in which to reflect on my great fortune of being from such a rich and storied background. It's a reminder that I share something special with all my fellow indigenous people and that is my heritage and that is one of the greatest honours of all. Indigenous is how I identify myself and I do it with the highest esteem for my culture and beaming with pride." - Chad Lavallee
“You don’t have to do everything alone. In fact, you’re not alone. There are a bunch of people who care about you deeply; you might not even know who they are yet. But they’re there, accessible, and want to see you thrive in the world. You are a contribution and you’ll continue to be a contribution. Just be patient.”
These are the words Indigenous law school graduate Harpreet Ahuja would tell her 12 year old self. Years later, she’s moments away from becoming a lawyer and a challenger. I could share more about this fearless Indigenous woman changemaker (talking with her on Zoom was a joy -- highly recommend!), but her words hold great wisdom -- colouring these pages with resilience and courage. And so, without further delay, here is our first interview together!