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November 3rd 2023
Growing up, Lani Zastre was proud to call herself Canadian.
In school, she learned about a multicultural country with a society founded on equality and acceptance. Canada Day was a time for earnest celebration.
Zastre’s perspective changed when she started pursuing a degree in social work.
“Learning that, at the time, 86 per cent of kids in care were Indigenous and… recognizing that there’s a disproportionate amount of Indigenous people that experience poverty,” she says. “You really start to realize that the odds are against people, the systems were designed not to take care of Indigenous people.”