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| June 26, 2015

Christina Gray: Why I wore regalia to my call to the bar

Photo: Christina Gray

The last few days were a whirlwind. Never did I expect that I would be an ambassador for my culture, but I am quite humbled that I was able to share my culture with Canada when I was called to the bar at Roy Thompson Hall in Toronto on June 23, 2015.

It was proudest moment of my life. I got to sit amongst my peers, cross the stage and receive the right to practice law in Ontario. I am equally proud that I won the right to wear my Tsimshian button blanket and cedar bark hat, and from the Law Society of Upper Canada.

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Watch: Heather Milton-Lightening on First Nation and Palestinian solidarity: 'We have a responsibility to help each other'

Heather Milton-Lightening, Indigenous scholar and activist, currently based in Toronto, speaks to First Nations solidarity for Palestinian rights. This is an excerpt from her talk at the "Sailing to Gaza – Again!" event with Bob Lovelace, a Canadian delegate on the Freedom Flotilla III. Filmed in Toronto, June 14, 2015. Camera: Darryl Richardson (youtube.com/drryll, mediacoop.ca). Editing: Canadian Boat to Gaza, (tahrir.ca). Learn more about the Freedom Flotilla here.

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We need to stand up for justice for residential schools survivors

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