Racism Growing up in Portage la Prairie, Manitoba, Canada I have always been aware that a majority of our population is in fact Indigenous. In a regular class room (in high school) about half of the class would be made up of Indigenous students. For younger years it was different since they still went to school on their reserves. Now seeing as I myself never co-mingled with Indigenous children they seemed foreign to me and I sadly admit that I never tried to befriend them on my own. It was programmed into me before I can even remember that the Indigenous were a minority of Portage and that they didn’t matter as much. Racism is the belief that all members of each race possess characteristics or abilities specific to that race, so as to distinguish it as inferior or superior to another race or races. Clearly I was brought up thinking that I was superior to the First Nations people. Unfortunately these feelings are mutual among all people of Portage. I currently work as a supervisor at our local Tavern United and I witness a lot of this racist treatment hands on almost every night. We are currently staffed with 7 servers and bartenders where all but one girl are not of Indigenous ancestry. If a group of First Nations comes in to drink the server assigned to that section will always try and not serve them either by passing them off to someone or by allowing them to go up to the bar and serve themselves. It has become such known arrangement that often they go straight to the bar, grab their drinks, then sit down not wanting service. Now it is not just the non-Indigenous against the Indigenous as I have had many an issue with racist slurs. We judge them as much as they judge us and this is a weak relationship that bonds our community.
My friend was a victim to racism between the Indigenous and non-Indigenous. It resulted in a near death attack.
Ever since I found out this was an old Indian residential school I've never looked at it the same..
This statue is just one of the few in this little city. Yet I had no idea it had such meaning to the First Nations.
As much as my community loves to hunt the local white tail deer as carried on from the Indigenous people we also share that special love for them.
School work and puppies.Rule #46 on how to stay awake studying.
There's nothing like coming home to my favourite people after a long day of work.