The Not-So-Hidden Role of Racism in Canadian Politics - 2019-07-08
For Indigenous people in particular, distrust of the federal government runs deep for good reasons.
"It can be really challenging to step into a space and participate in a governance structure that literally has legislation that's based on you because of your race," Clarmont said.
The Indian Act, first passed in 1876 and amended many times since, governs the relationship between Indigenous individuals, bands and the federal government. It defines who gets status as "Indian" and sets up the reserve system.
"When you live in a country that has race-based legislation, it's hard to feel there's a space for you to step into and influence that structure," said Clarmont. "It feels overwhelming even."