My job is to go listen to the stories of elders and allow them to speak.

I should be educating myself before I will my opinion on the world through my social media instead of blindly reposting articles.

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By Gormley’s definition of “whose well-publicized hurt feelings, grievances and complaints should become your problem” and “cacophony of attention-seeking grievance collectors”, it seems that all activism takes place in a very public way but this is not the case.

Gormley seems to be describing how he is ‘tapped out’ of the same stories over and over and the repetition of similar stories blasting through our feeds.

We can model these types of compliments: You are resilient. Because their digital actions will continue to affect them throughout their lives and because of the harm we have seen in Amanda’s story, it is imperative that we teach our students to ask themselves questions before they put anything on the Internet.

When posting about themselves, we might teach them to ask: Would I want my grandma or future employer to read this? And when posting about others, we might teach them to ask: How would I feel if this was shared about me?

While I know my steps are small, and I will be wrong and make mistakes, “if it is worth doing badly, it’s worth doing.” If our message positively affects one person out of 1000, that is one more person taking our message to 1000 others. I am relatively new to the large and expanding field of social justice and while I don’t condone Gormley’s article or his writing without educating himself first, to a degree, I can understand the pull to ‘check out’.

There will no doubt be difficult days with resistance and frustrations; it is in these moments we must remember to continue to learn. It seems that we hear these stories everyday and for the past few days we have.I believe new Canadians should be welcomed with open arms, and not expected to meet the arbitrary “Canadian” list of values defined by the same government who maintain “The Indian Act. Furthermore, as a friend it is an important component of my relationships. I work towards reconciliation and and inclusive society with the constant thought of my friends who, with their ancestors, have fought for this for hundreds of years; my friend whose transgendered child was terrified to share who he really is; my friends and family who refuse to be labeled “crazy” so they silently deal with anxiety and depression. Today, I logged into my Facebook to see more about the Black Lives Matter movement alongside the news of another fatal shooting. Marc Spooner’s post that comments on John Gormley’s “Gormley: Tapping-Out on the culture activism”. Marc Spooner has to say and, as an educator in the same program from which he teaches, I can understand his frustration towards those who ‘check-out’ yet, I struggle with this and I think that we all do to some degree as is the nature of privilege and social justice – no one can do it all.There is a strong personal element behind every step I take; these personal relationships continue to push me through the roughest terrain on the journey. But I think that sometimes ‘tapping out’ of posting articles and publicly criticizing the long and ever growing list of complaints isn’t a bad thing. As I began introducing myself to the Executive Director role I will share with Cassandra Hepworth, I was asked about my journey here: How did you end up here? I believe Indigenous peoples of Canada should not have to mentally prepare how to act around Caucasians; I believe we should be able to share smiles, handshakes, and equal education and career opportunities. My obvious passion for education, an inclusive learning environment and society provided a strong foundation to my path. A group dedicated to anti-racist/oppressive education; a group of inspiring, influential, and incredible colleagues and faculty members from the University of Regina. does for these oppressed groups in society that drew me to join and work, and now lead, alongside great colleagues to provide resources, professional development opportunities ,and open panel discussions to make these topics less awkward and to influence others to provide anti-racist/oppressive education.Do I have this person’s permission to share about them?