“The internalization of the concept of race can be seen in Aboriginal communities--the identification of authentic Aboriginal peoples based on appearance and social status.Colonization has left many light-skinned descendents of Aboriginal people; this is particularly so when Europeans parented Aboriginal offspring.Drew Hayden Taylor humorously exemplifies how this "mixing" of people has created interpersonal problems within Aboriginal communities and "second class Indianness":44The darker you are, the more you are embraced and the more Indian you are thought to be.The lighter your skin, the more difficult it sometimes is to be accepted by your Aboriginal peers (and the non-Native world).White is no longer right. And heaven forbid that a personfrom the dominant culture, who happens to have some barely-remembered ancestor who tickled toes and traded more than some furs and beads with a Native person, should let a conversation slip by without mentioning that at least four of the 24 chromosomes in his body don't burn in the summer sun.45”
.44 This term (Newbury Park, CA: Sage Publications, 1992) 108.
45 Drew Hayden Taylor, "How Native Is Native if You're Native?" in Laliberte, supra note
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Brian R. Pfefferle
Saskatchewan Law Review