Today I’m talking to my girl, Jessie Hemphill, and we’re having a warm and wonderful conversation. It’s like we’re all sitting down for tea and Jessie’s telling us stories about growing up Gwa’sala-‘Nakwaxd’axw and Métis in rural coastal Canada while passing for white.
We hear a bit about ‘Nakwaxd’axw mythology, what her Indigenous name means, how she became a politician, and what it means to do urban planning using culturally-based Indigenous planning processes.
Finally, I tell the story of how I
became infatuated with met Jessie and she changed the course of my life with some magic words. Then we dish about our unhealthy ways of coping with grief and rage. In the end, it’s abundantly clear how much we love each other and this whole show is just a meeting of our mutual appreciation society.