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Being Métis

Roy Pogorzelski

In this video, Roy Pogorzelski is a light-skinned Métis person that presents in a room with a wooden ceiling, a staircase on the right-hand side and a large metal vent on the other side. Pogorzelski has short-medium curly brown hair and a goatee that connects to the mustache. As well, he has on a yellow mustard vest with a striped black and salmon coloured polo shirt.

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Being Metis

with Roy Pogorzelski

Roy Pogorzelski is an executive member of the Board of Directors at the Canadian Race Relations Foundation.

In this video




Pogorzelski talks about his personal experiences growing up Métis, the experiences of his family members, and how these led to his work in social and restorative justice. In addition, Pogorzelski offers ways to embark on meaningful anti-racist action.

Taking action

  • Be an active listener, ally and co-conspirator

  • Read and watch BIPOC literature and documentaries

  • Take indigenous knowledge and reconciliation seriously


Places to visit

  • Batoche, Saskatchewan (Battle of Batoche, 1885 Northwest Resistance

  • Duck Lake, Saskatchewan (Battle of Duck Lake, 1885, Museum at Duck Lake, Mural Town)


  • Reconciliation Manifesto, Arthur Manuel

  • Indigenous Nationhood, Pamela Palmater

  • The Northwest is Our Mother, Jean Teillet

  • Pedagogy of the Oppressed, Paulo Friere

  • Night, Elie Wiesel

  • Angelas Ashes, Frank McCourt

  • Clearing the Plains, James Daschuck

  • Diversity Inc, Pamela Newkirk

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