“The schools, which were glorified prisons, were run by (mostly Roman Catholic) churches and funded by the government of Canada. Between the 1870s and 1990s over 150,000 children were forcibly removed from their homes and held against their will in Residential Schools,” and the children, who were cut off from communicating with their parents, “were forbidden to speak their native languages or practice cultural traditions. Many… were mentally, physically, and sexually abused.”
(Los Angeles, CA / October 13, 2022) — GoAskAlex is opening up about her Indigenous identity in a powerful new blog post, “My Métis Connection to Truth & Reconciliation”, as she reflects on the horrors of Canada’s infamous Residential School System on the second anniversary of the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.
On this day, (also known as ‘Orange Shirt Day’), the popular influencer, media personality, content creator and activist from British Columbia is taking a moment to recognize the survivors – and those who did not survive – this System that was originally designed “to assimilate or otherwise erase Indigenous communities in Canada,” she explains.
“An estimated 4000-6000 Indigenous children are recorded as having died in the Residential School System. In recent years, ground-penetrating radars have identified a staggering number of mass burial sites on the grounds of many Residential Schools,” she says, adding that the 2021 discovery of 215 children’s bodies in unmarked graves at a Kamloops Residential School prompted the observance of this important day.
“I feel responsible as a young member of Métis Nation to amplify the voices of the Indigenous people around me… I sometimes feel that I exist in the margins between ‘Indigenous’ and ‘not-Indigenous’. I am proud of my Métis heritage and have a deep desire to share it with the world… I struggle to connect with my culture as a direct result of assimilation caused by the residential school system. Families like mine were made to unlearn their language, religion, and customs. As a result, much of our way-of-life was lost over the years.
“Our history is consumed by tragedy and loss, but one thing they have not taken from us is our voice. I am still here to tell my family’s story, alongside the powerful and resilient Métis, Inuit, and First Nations people around me. Maarsii.”
To read her story in full, visit goaskalexonline.com/my-metis-connection-to-truth-reconciliation.
GoAskAlex is an adult model, onscreen performer and sex educator with the distinction of being the industry’s first-ever ostomate since receiving a life-changing surgery in 2019: “my small intestine was diverted out through my abdomen, and I now wear a permanent medical device.”
The auburn-haired British Columbia, Canada native – who launched her adult career in 2014 as a webcam model and online companion – has since taken the opportunity to use her high-profile platform to advocate for disabled and underrepresented bodies in adult media.
GoAskAlex currently sits atop the 1% of content creators on OnlyFans, is a top attraction over at SuicideGirls.com and sells her original video clips on top sites such as ManyVids. iWantClips and Clips4sale.
She has since been featured in XBIZ Magazine, posing for the cover as the trade publication’s first-ever model with an ostomy, as well as Hustler E-Magazine to promote her inspiring Disabled Sex Workers Calendar. She also won 2020’s XBIZ Cam Award for Best Inked Model and 2021’s XBIZ Best Cam Model.
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