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Shaelyn Wabegijig was caught in an analogy of climate change in the summer of 2022: a freak storm in Hiawatha First Nation of wind and rain and severed tree branches scattered everywhere. On a drive to a powwow, the 25-year-old Algonquin woman and member of the Caribou Clan watched a tree topple in front of the car ahead of her. Another tree blocked her exit, 10 cars back.
This storm knocked out power for days near the Ontario city of Peterborough. Wabegijig and everyone else on the road that day weren’t able to leave until the trees were pushed aside. The analogy to climate change, and its horrific toll
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