Samantha Nock is a Michif writer living in Vancouver B.C. or Unceeded Salish Territory. The term Metìs is a blanket term used by the Canadian government that describes people who are from the intermarriage of early settlers and indigenous people. Metìs people formed their own distinct nation early on and a complicated history ensued. Sam identifies as Cree-Métis. To read more about this, Sam recommend the writing of Chelsea Vowel. Y'all, Indigenous history is complex! Sam describes being disconnected from her body through intergenerational trauma, lived trauma and experiencing shame about her size. Sam works to connect her body to the land, to the places of Cree kinship which helps her to move toward a more healthy relationship of knowing about her body.
Jana and Sam discuss the differing levels of stigma that fat people of color and fat women of color have to sift through, especially in the predominantly white body-positive sphere. For indigenous people, the racialized stigma always goes back to illness: addiction, diabetes and heart disease. Our bodies are pathologized constantly, so much so that this pathology becomes internalized. Sam has a blog space for her writing called halfbreedreasoning.com and on the blog she talks about coming to the term "half breed". She shouts out writer E. Pauline Johnson's writing.
Do you know about the term decolonize? Here are some links to articles on the topic:
Nalgona Positivity Pride
Sam discusses how the more she investigates colonial, capitalistic and heteronormative expectations of her body, the easier it is to decolonize her relationship with herself and others. She talks about he economies of care and sites Caleb Luna's writing on the subject. She has been inspired to write more about how her body has prevented her from access to care, both romantically and also from coupled friends.
Sam's One Cool Thing is her softball team made up of entirely fat folks. The team is called the Heavy Hitters and is part of a queer sports league in B.C.
Jana's One Cool Thing is the video game Thunderbird Strike created by Mètis scholar Beth Lapensee. This game, played on all systems encourages players to protect water from big oil. Shout out Beth and support her work because it has come under strong controversy.
You can follow Sam on Twitter @SammyMarie and you should!
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