Money has been a difficult subject for Sage Lacerte, for as long as she can remember.
“I knew that I was poor, and I knew that everyone else thought I was poor,” says the founder of Sage Initiative, a new mentorship and training program for Indigenous women in impact investing launching its inaugural cohort this fall.
As a Carrier from the Lake Babine Nation on the west coast of what’s now called Canada, Lacerte says she’s always very acutely felt the effects of settler-colonial perceptions of how Indigenous people interact with money. “I was raised with narratives that Indigenous people are a suck on a capitalist system, and that the work that we do…to protect mother earth and towards human rights,” she says, “that these are a waste of time. I learned that from media and from my settler friends.”
These narratives had real impacts on her
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