This story is in partnership with the Canadian Roots Exchange.
Living in downtown Toronto, Alex MacLeod runs Alexdals’ Creations Inc., an Indigenous, LGBT-owned arts business. They have grappled with the challenges of running a small business during the pandemic, all while taking criminology and a double major in Indigenous studies at Wilfrid Laurier University. “My primary focus is making sure that people’s rights are protected, so I wanted to look at [Indigenous issues] from a policy perspective.”
MacLeod says that certain COVID-19 policies violate Indigenous rights. They explain that in Toronto, while holding civil protests goes against physical distancing protocols, “we’re using our land, and we’re demonstrating on an Indigenous-specific issue — which is a t
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