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Fort St. John, looking northwest up the Alaska Highway. (Photo credit: Alaska Highway News)
Fort St. John, looking northwest up the Alaska Highway. (Photo credit: Alaska Highway News)

It took a lot for me to work up the courage to sit down and write this letter. I am currently writing this from my office at St Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver, a position I took in July 2020 to help contribute as much as I could to the current public health crisis that troubles our world. COVID-19 has disrupted our society in ways not seen since World War Two, and it is up to us to mobilize and tackle this issue head on, like our brave veterans did in the wake of fascism in Europe.

This past year has been a tough one for our community of Fort St John. I returned to Fort St John after having been away for a number of years to obtain my degree in Political Science. The pandemic highlighted many of the social inequities that ravage our community. As some of you may be aware, my experiences with racism in Fort St John led to a number of protests last summer, and a Solidarity March to Centennial Park. My work as an activist culminated into results as this past November, I was invited to speak at the 10 Year Anniversary Conference for TEDxSFU.

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