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Over the summer, Tia Kennedy, an Indigenous youth policy leader, got a job as a summer student at Indigenous Services Canada. She says the experience has been great — her current manager is Indigenous, and her team have set up a Seven Grandfather Teachings coffee social where, “for an hour, we bring in different people to bring in more cultural teachings,” Kennedy says.
However, she adds, not all departments within the federal government are like this. “I consider it a privilege that I’m allowed to walk in these spaces as a strong Indigenous person, and be able to speak my truth, because it’s not the case [in all departments of the federal government],” she
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