Leaf Turrell is paving a new path in reconnecting to culture – FNHA

June 6, 2024

June is National Indigenous History Month, and this year, over the next four weeks the communications team will be sharing a series of stories profiling five Indigenous youth from across British Columbia. Some are artists, dancers, youth workers and activists and despite coming from different communities and different backgrounds they all have one thing in common – each person is on their own reclamation journey and breathing new life into the “old” ways.

Reclamation for Indigenous people will have a different definition depending on who you ask, but at its most basic level, reclamation is the process of claiming something back or reasserting a right.​

​ ​​​​​​Leaf Turrell (he/they) proudly identifies as a 23 year old, two spirit individual of mixed Dene and Cree ancestry, living in Lhtako Dene Nation. As the first person in their family to not attend residential school, Leaf is paving a new path in reconnecting to culture.

“I’m going to be really honest…I’ve really struggled with my Indigenous identity,” says Leaf. “For 23 years I’ve never really considered myself Indigenous enough to partake in culture, but the reality is, I am.”

Read More: https://www.fnha.ca/about/news-and-events/news/leaf-turrell-is-paving-a-new-path-in-reconnecting-to-culture

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