My name is deb singh and thanks to Shameless for inviting me to blog! And thanks to the girls, trans youth, young women, and everyone who reads the Shameless blog. Big thanks to the team at Shameless for asking me to write!
This blog is going to be about me: introducing myself to you, but also connecting myself to the land we call Canada.
Many of you have heard about the ideas of privilege and oppression from reading Shameless, among other sources, I’m sure. The following is my self-identification, which can be where I identify myself on a spectrum of social locations, places where we all find ourselves via multiple places on the spectrum, if we decide to look and name them. Anti-oppression politics, to me, is about seeing those social locations and naming them as they contribute to our lives and how we get treated by others.
So here goes: I’m a Canadian-born Indo-Caribbean. I’m Brown. I have Canadian citizenship status. I’m a queer woman of colour. I’m a woman-identified, non-trans person. I’m non-disAbled, with parents who have mental health and addiction issues. I’m working class. I am a survivor of rape, sexual assault and domestic violence, and I work at a rape crisis centre. I was born and raised in Toronto, Ontario. I’m urban. I have an
undergraduate degree at a University. I grew up with a single mom. I’m not fat and I’m not thin. I’m 33 years old.
And I’m a settler on Turtle Island.
Some of you may know what and where Turtle Island is, but just so we’re all on the same page: Turtle Island is a term used by Haudenosaunee, Iroquois and Anishnaabe, as well as and including many other Indigenous communities, for North America. This would include what’s considered Iceland, Greenland, Alaska, Canada and the United States of America. (FYI: Haudenosaunee, Iroquois, Anishnaabe, Cree, Metis, Six Nations, are just some of many Indigenous nations which have their own distinct cultures and languages, and not all Indigenous people call the land Turtle Island.)