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#Notyourstereotype: One First Nations Student Is Taking To Social Media To Challenge Stereotypes
March 19, 2014
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Last week, members of the University of Regina's cheerleading team set off an internet firestorm after sending out a series of Instagram shots of them dressed as "cowboys and Indians." Now one student at First Nations University of Canada's Regina campus has come up with a clever response: #notyourstereotype.

Earlier this week, Chasity Delorme posted this message on Facebook:

I AM NOT YOUR STEREOTYPE! I want to educate the culturally insensitive people that still exist in my community. I challenge ALL Aboriginal/First Nation people to take a picture as they are at the moment of being nominated for this challenge.... This is my kind of 2014 Winter Challenge! And this is what being indigenous looks like.

The hashtag is now starting to take off on Twitter and Facebook, as aboriginal people across Canada share the diversity of their experience with the rest of the web.

"These stereotypes are still not gone and it's up to people like me and my leaders to help define in a better way who we are," Delorme told CBC News. "You know we are everyday people."

For a look at some of the submissions, check out the gallery above.

Via CBC News


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