Out in the Open

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Zoe Todd realized that her anger needed to be expressed instead of pushed down.
Brittany Picody, Brad Picody and Brock Lewis drum at an Idle No More protest. (Justin Tang/Canadian Press)

When Zoe Todd, a Metis woman from Edmonton, was studying in Scotland, she had a realization. The anger she felt at colonial systems and the damage they've wreaked on Indigenous people in Canada had to be expressed, not pushed down.

Zoe went from being a docile people-pleaser to speaking out with anger about the inequalities and injustice she saw all around her. And it didn't always make her friends and colleagues feel comfortable.

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"When you really hone in on something that you can see is unfair or unjust, and you speak it clearly and with power in your voice, it disturbs people, it unsettles them, it provokes discomfort."

Zoe spoke to Piya about how she changed the way she felt about using anger as part of a range of emotions in her life and work.