“Indigenous rights and activism are not a hobby or an interest. They’re things that need to be fought for to survive daily,” says Kitha (@enchantedkitha), who is an Indigenous advocate and jewelry artist who feels most connected to their Blackfoot and Taino heritage. “I became interested in Indigenous rights because I had to. How could I stay quiet when I did not have access to clean water? How can I stay quiet when there is always anti-Indigenous racism present in the communities I try to enter? I am an ambulatory wheelchair-user and a Type-1 diabetic. I also have a host of genetic disorders and their associated co-morbidities. I have to take very careful care of my health. Access to healthcare — or lack thereof — is something that has shaped much of my advocacy — especially the way it affects native communities,” explains Kitha, who's unable to live on their ancestral homeland because of inaccessibility to healthcare. “I carry generational trauma with me. On a daily basis, I receive racist comments and threats. People believe this is acceptable because historically, it is. I continue with my work and efforts in the hope that people will unlearn their cruelty and racism. I want to send the message to other Indigenous people that existence is resistance enough. There are a lot of people out there who have the idea that Indigenous people no longer exist because they choose not to see us. We exist. We are everywhere, and our issues do matter.” Photo by @enchantedkitha