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Aaniin Charlotte Snake ndoozhinikaaz, Mnjikaning ndoonjibaa, Mkwa dodem. Hello my name is Charlotte Snake, I am from and connected to Mnjikaning (Rama) and I sit in the Bear clan. My paternal side of the family are Ojibwe, Chippewas of Rama First Nation and my maternal side of the family are white. I am 14 and going into grade 10 in September. I grew up mostly on reserve and attended an Indigenous based school in the community. I also went to schools outside of Reserve in Toronto and Kawartha Lakes. While living off reserve we were not taught about aboriginal history or anything about our practices. Yet on reserve it is primarily based around our culture.

By Meral Mohammad Jamal

Meral Jamal (she/her) was born and raised in a family of 20 in Dubai, UAE. She is a journalism and history student at Carleton University in Ottawa, ON, and the newsletter editor and editorial assistant with LiisBeth. You can find her sharing her favourite books and movies on Twitter and Instagram.

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