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Who gets to claim Indigeneity?

Joseph Boyden has recently faced accusations that he faked his Indigenous identity. The controversy has sparked a wildfire of opinions across the country, and has people asking: what does Indigenous really mean?
Author Joseph Boyden discusses the controversy around his heritage with CBC host Candy Palmater. (CBC)


Joseph Boyden has recently faced accusations that he faked his Indigenous identity. The controversy has sparked a wildfire of opinions across the country, and has people asking: what does Indigenous really mean?

To dig into this, we invited three people to be part of a panel discussion. They each have very different and passionate viewpoints on who and how we belong.

Columpa Bobb is a producer and actor, who is Stó:lō from Coast Salish unceded territory in B.C., but is currently living on Treaty One Territory in Winnipeg. William Dumont is a Métis man, who also lives on Treaty One territory, and author and educator Kateri Akiwenzie-Damm is part of the Chippewas of Nawash in Saugeen Ojibway Nation in Ontario.
Troy Westwood was the kicker for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. (Paul Chiasson/The Canadian Press)


Lisa Meeches is an Indigenous advocate and filmmaker. She has come forward and said she will be adopting Joseph Boyden as her spiritual brother. To explain how cultural adoptions work, Troy Westwood - a former CFL football player - will describe his own cultural adoption into the Anishinabe culture and his path to becoming Little Hawk.  

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Christi Belcourt's own identity often spills out as paint. The award winning artist is Michif and calls Lac Ste. Anne, Alberta home. Last year, Christi she created a powerful self-portrait that challenges everyone to re-think our notions of identity.

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