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VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) — Local Indigenous women and families are wearing ribbon skirts to support a grade 5 student who was shamed by an educational assistant at her Saskatchewan school for wearing a piece of clothing that means a great deal to the Indigenous community.
For her school’s Formal Day last month, Bella Kulak, a young Indigenous student, wore her ribbon skirt but was told her outfit didn’t match, and it wasn’t formal.
But Kat Norris, a community activist with the Indigenous Action Movement, says it may be a relatively modern piece of clothing, but it holds significant meaning.
“It’s become our symbol of just being Indigenous and being First Nations, Aboriginal. And it’s a symbol of pride in our culture. Because we can’t wear cedar or hides dresses anymore, but this is something that we can wear in the modern day,” she explains.