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Why words matter: The negative impacts of racial microaggressions on Indigenous and other racialized people

By Iloradanon Efimoff, Ph.D. Candidate, Social and Personality Psychology, University of Manitoba
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“Don’t you go to school for free?”, “You don’t pay taxes!”, “Do you live in a teepee?” are things Indigenous students have heard.

In some cases, there is widespread agreement on what racism is. For example, most people would agree that restricting a racial group’s right to vote in a federal election is racist. (Indigenous people were the last to gain full voting rights in Canada in 1960.)

But in other cases, the agreement is scant — the quotes at the top of this page represent…


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