Where are you from?

At 24 I started to get used to people asking “Where you from?” After all, I’d only been an Indian for six years, and now had the Government of Canada letter to prove it. It read, “Congratulations! You’re now registered as an Indian under the Indian Act of Canada.” Before this letter, I didn’t look like anything except “out of place.” In my new legally recognized Indian Status, I was now equipped to answer anyone who asked “What are you?” One evening out with a friend, a fellow asked me, “We know your friend is Native, but we were wondering what you are?” I replied, “We noticed you too, and we were wondering if you’re white.”