The purpose of putting myself into some of my photographs was to show the red handprint across my face. This symbol is put across the mouth to represent our voices being silenced and the violence we face. Showing my face made me feel apprehensive. I am aware some people don’t consider half blood natives the same as someone who is full. But I live my life by following my beliefs and where I originate from. Being able to show my face regardless of being half native, makes me proud and powerful to stand in solidarity with other Indigenous women and girls alike.
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.