The Alaqsite’w Gitpu School sixth grader is traveling to Fredericton from Listiguj First Nation, which is located on the New Brunswick/Quebec border near Campbellton, to speak at a rally as part of national Have a Heart Day activities. Have a Heart Day is a youth-led reconciliation event that brings together Indigenous and non-Indigenous Canadians to raise awareness of the inequities in the education, health and child welfare services for First Nations children living on reserves.
“It’s a chance for the government to not just apologize but for them to know that we’re here,” says Levi-Paul. “Sometimes they treat us like we’re invisible.”
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Oscar Baker is an award-winning multimedia reporter from Elsipogtog First Nation and St. Augustine, Fla. Baker is the winner of the David Adams Richards award for non-fiction writing for The Violent Ones. Follow him on Twitter @oggycane4lyfe