2 June 2019


I'm writing this essay within the traditional territories of the people of the Treaty 7 region in Southern Alberta, which includes the Blackfoot Confederacy (comprising the Siksika, Piikani, and Kainai First Nations), as well as the Tsuut'ina First Nation, and the Stoney Nakoda (including the Chiniki, Bearspaw, and Wesley First Nations). The City of Calgary is also home to Métis Nation of Alberta, Region III.

I dedicate this essay to the late Rev. Dr. Katie Geneva Cannon, beloved teacher and mentor, whose class analysis was the deepest and most brilliant I have ever encountered.

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