What’s that got to do with it?

Living and playing with First Nations students, it became a blur as to who was white and who was not white, because to me it was all positive. But with that, our experience in going downtown in North Battleford, which at that time was an incredibly racist city. When I was downtown with Caucasian students, it was great, but if I happened to be downtown with First Nations students, not so great. We would be refused service, we would be thrown out of stores. And at that time being 16, 17 years old, I really didn’t understand that because racism and prejudice were words that weren’t in my vocabulary, simply because I didn’t grow up in that environment. And really puzzled by why that would be, I remember asking some of my friends who just happened to be First Nations, like, “What the heck is going on?” and they said, “Well, are you stupid? This is . . . we’re Indian and you’re not.” And I’m going, “Yeah, but what’s that got to do with it?”