I am a 18 year old Native American, born and raised on a native reserve in Canada. AMA
Hi! I tend to be asked a lot of questions by non-native people about my ethnicity. One of which being "What is it like living on a reserve?" Naturally I thought someone on Reddit might be interested, so here we are.
A little background info: Both of my parents are Native American. My mom was also born and raised on the same reserve as I. My dad was a victim of residential schools. I went to an all Native elementary school on reserve, with a curriculum based around traditional native teachings. After elementary school all the children that attend the school on reserve have to attend a public high school with non-native students from other 'feeder' schools.
The particular reserve I live on is in South-Western Ontario, and was the topic of quite a bit of controversy over the years with the "Ipperwash Inquiry". It has a population of approx. 1,020 and most of the families have been here for at least 5 generations. It is also home to a special kind of rock that is only found in one other place in the world.
Feel free to AMA!
EDIT: I can also provide proof if needed.
EDIT 2: here's proof
EDIT 3: I can't believe this made it to the front page! Thanks for taking so much interest in this, and all your questions. Also, Thank you to whoever bought me reddit gold :)
Okay guys, thanks so much for all the questions and interest! There's been some great discussions, and i'm very interested in reading your opinions and thoughts! I'm finished answering questions for tonight, but will get back to replying when I wake up!