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Realities of racism

22nd September 2022

Expert analysis: Ashley Richard, Associate Director, Indigenous – Women Entrepreneurship Knowledge Hub

I’ve experienced racism, such as being followed around in stores by security and one time I was kicked out of the store for asking the security guard to not follow me. In a university setting I have been told by non-Indigenous peers that 'nobody cares about Indigenous people' or been told 'you’re not like the rest of them' (referring to being drunks and/or other negative stereotypes).

I have also had offensive questions asked of me, such as 'What percent are you?' or 'How come some of your colleagues don’t "look" Indigenous?' On a regular basis, ignorant comments are made to or around me about Indigenous peoples, especially when there is something happening in the news.

There are challenges and as a newer researcher, the systems are complicated to navigate. I agree with all of the points raised in the report, especially trust.

Academia could support Indigenous research by creating mentors who can help new researchers navigate systems. These mentors should be Indigenous.

On a regular basis, ignorant comments are made to or around me about Indigenous peoples, especially when there is something happening in the news

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Global inclusivity report 2022

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