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A teenager moves back to traditional territory

With a Chinese-Canadian father and a First Nations mother, Trevor Jang always identified more with his Chinese heritage - and didn't give much thought to the fact that he was indigenous... until his Mom announced they were moving back to traditional territory.
Trevor Jang, at home on Wet'suwet'en territory. (Image Courtesy: Trevor Jang)

For much of his young life, Trevor Jang called downtown Vancouver home. With a Chinese-Canadian father and a Wet'suwet'en mother, Trevor always identified more with his Chinese heritage. He didn't give much thought to the fact that he was also First Nations.

After his father died of a cocaine overdose, he and his family continued as best they could - and Trevor built himself a normal teenage life in the city. 

But when he was 15 years old, Trevor's mother announced that they were moving 'home' to their traditional Wet'suwet'en territory in the interior of BC. With few connections in the community, the family was taking a risk by leaving their city life behind. 

"This was the worst news I could have possibly received ever. To me, were moving to some hick town in the middle of nowhere," said Jang. 

But that decision to move back to traditional territory kick-started a journey for Trevor... one that has seen him become an important member of the Wet'suwet'en community. 

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