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“People have been telling our stories of resistance from a colonial perspective for hundreds of years now and I think it’s important for us to take back the narrative.”
Rise and indigenise with Sarain Carson-Fox

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Rise and indigenise with Sarain Carson-Fox

29 July 2017
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Anishinaabekwe activist Sarain Carson-Fox hosts RISE, a docu-series premiering on SBS VICELAND at 9:30pm on Thursday 27 July 2017.

**Correction made 27 July 2017: "In Australia, there are 786,689 Aboriginals of a population of roughly 24,000,000."

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"I was raised by a powerhouse, a single mum who really fought hard to make sure that I was raised in my culture. And she was extremely politically active. So I think I really didn’t have a choice, like in my life it was sort of - that’s the way that I was raised - and I see it as an inherent responsibility to my community to amplify the voices of my people."

"For so long, our stories have been told for us, about us, people have been telling our stories of resistance from a colonial perspective for hundreds of years now and I think it’s important for us to take back the narrative. You call it a Stolen Generation, we have the same thing. We call it the Sixties Scoop."

"We really need to amplify the voices, we have been silenced. And what we are seeing now with storytelling is removing the tape, I literally see it like this. Raising our voices up again."

"You can’t put people through the kind of institutionalised racism and have policies that are meant to exterminate an entire population and expect them to come out well and healthy. And I think particularly for Indigenous people, when you remove us from the land, when you remove our languages, our ceremonies and the very root of who we are, then how can we go forward?"

"The only way that we are going to change anything is to heal from that and that means doing it in our terms and that means reclaiming all of the things that were stolen."

"I definitely understand that intergenerational trauma is a real thing. I feel it in my body, and I think whenever I am dealing with some place like Standing Rock or places where I have to experience incredible brutality, police brutality and racism, I feel this surge in my body. I always say it’s as though I have 1,000 years of ancestors suddenly awake in my blood. And for me, you know I come from a family where my family suicided when I was 15, my aunty also suicided. All of these intergenerational effects of the [Canadian residential] schools are very real parts of my life today."

"You can’t just be an ally and say “oh this terrible thing is happening and I’m going to fix it in this way.” If you want to actually be an ally, you have to go into Aboriginal communities and ask them how they would like you to be an ally, and that’s real solidarity. Solidarity can’t happen from putting your own voice on top of an Aboriginal person’s voice. You actually have to go and lend your voice to them."

"I think there’s a lot of negative things that people want to talk about on social media and I think we do need to get our youth outside and away from their phones. But my goodness, I have been able to make connections with First Nations communities around the world that have opened my heart and my spirit and allowed me to connect in ways that I never imagined. And that support, this global support, this global struggle, that’s the fuel. You know, that’s what going to keep us going and I think we are power in numbers."

"So if we can all get together and rise up together, we’re going to be unstoppable. And I think it’s about time that Indigenous people, Aboriginal people, First Nations, however you want to label us.  It’s important for us to come together and rise up together."

"Wow…yeah."

Catch RISE on SBS VICELAND, Thursday nights at 9:30pm

Joanna Cabot

About Joanna Cabot

Joanna Cabot is a video journalist for The QUO, and a radio reporter at SBS French and 2SER. Before entering into the world of journalism, Joanna was working in the fashion industry in Paris. After travelling for two years, she felt that sharing people's untold stories was her passion and studied...

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