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More than racial slurs: Nunatsiavut government to tackle systemic racism – CBC

Jan 30, 2024

Labrador forum will serve as the basis for practical guidelines

Samantha Saksagiak, at 19 years old, is the youngest participant in a Nunatsiavut-led forum on systemic racism.

In Happy Valley-Goose Bay, participants from Indigenous communities, along with non-Indigenous managers and workers from various public systems such as health care, education, and justice, shared their experiences with racism and suggested ways to eradicate it from these systems.

Saksagiak, who lives in Nain, spoke at last week’s two-day forum about the racism she faced in high school and later in university.

“It’s very emotional … having to talk about your own personal experiences,” Saksagiak said. “And how racism affects your whole community and your family definitely hits home.

“I’ve been told that because I’m Indigenous, I’m not good enough, that I’m not as educated as a white person.”

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