[00:00:45] Now we're all born with the same potential. But you know some humans go that extra mile. They take a challenge and they turn it into an opportunity. These are incredible humans that inspire us to do better and to be better. And today we're going to hear from the incredible serene Fox serene is an indigenous Canadian activist who has been helping young indigenous Canadians to reconnect with their culture at the story boot school. She joins us now to tell us more. Welcome to the podcast Lorraine.
[00:01:17] How are you. I'm great thanks.
[00:01:19] Thanks so much for having me. No thank you for being here. Now I know I just introduced you as an activist but that's barely the tip of the iceberg of you. You have many different roles. You're a storyteller and you're also a host for Iceland correct.
[00:01:29] Yes. So it took me a long time to actually decide that that was the best way to describe what I do. But truly I am a storyteller I use any medium I can get my hands on to amplify the voices of my people and to tell our collective stories as human beings.
[00:01:46] That's awesome. Now I saw that you come from a Syrian like tribe or like nation. I know I cannot pronounce Can you pronounce it. Where are you from.
[00:01:55] Yeah. So I think the word you're referring to is a National Bakery.
[00:01:59] So I'm finished Nabi which is Ojibwe and I'm from Northern Ontario on the shore of Lake Superior.
[00:02:06] Okay awesome. But you also have your own show on Iceland right.
[00:02:09] I do have a show called rise and it's really about Franklin resistance and all of the movement that's happening for Indigenous people across the world really.
[00:02:19] No that's awesome. So you don't just like focus on just the indigenous people in Canada your looks like on the global scale.
[00:02:23] Absolutely. I'm South America and also what Indigenous people are working on all over the world to change the perception of indigenous people and the work that we're doing.
[00:02:34] Now I know that you work with Indigenous people and I can tell you're really passionate about it. But like at what point did you think that this was something that you wanted to do.
Yeah. I don't know if there was like an exact moment but I think I grew up in a really politically active family. And when I started to realize that I was going to be an artist I realized that the only story is that I was interested in when the stories of my people and I knew that there was so much work and so much space for us to still claim so many people don't know anything about indigenous people.
[00:03:04] And you're talking to someone from America. I know exactly right. I know this to me.
[00:03:12] So it just seemed like a no brainer for me. It was something like you said I'm very passionate about it but it's also it's my authentic voice it's where I come from. So it's the way that I see the world. So it just it's natural to me I think.
[00:03:26] OK so when did you start becoming like very politically active.
[00:03:30] That started when I was probably a young teenager. So right around the time when I started to find my voice I also realized the power of of someone's voice and what it means to be silenced and also what it means to reclaim space. I think the typical years when most teenagers are trying to figure out who they are is also the moment where I jumped into activism and I found it a really amazing tool to figure out who I am.
[00:03:53] It's amazing once you feel that power and then you know the difference that you can make. I don't think you can ever go back from that change changes how you see the world.
[00:04:01] Yeah. No no I'd I definitely agree with that. So you've also done some work with story about school in Canada now you're trying to help other young Canadians kind of reconnect with our culture. Can you tell me a little bit more about that.
[00:04:14] Yeah. So the story at school with Manitoba macaques is in partnership with the trade right foundation and it's a program I'm so excited I get so excited to talk about it because I think the work is so important.
[00:04:27] So we have a school in China at the bottom Shoe Museum which for your listeners is this like massive museum all about shoes and they have the largest collection or one of the largest collections of moccasins and McCulloch. So we teach classes there they run every Sunday and they're open to everyone but they really focus on young Indigenous people who are looking to learn the traditional art of their ancestors. So in one way it's just a class where people are learning how to make moccasins in my class but in another way it's so much more than that I call it reconciliation Lite. So it's talking to each other. It's actually doing something that their ancestors did and it's reclaiming a part of themselves that they might have never gotten to know yet.