A Passion to Uplift and Represent Indigenous People
STORY BY SARAIN FOX, ARCHIVIST, BROADCASTER AND ANISHINAABE DANCER
Sarain Fox gives voice to indigenous people and their stories with the goal of preserving their culture and connecting all people. Born in Batchawana First Nation in Canada, Sarain is one of the country’s most prominent indigenous voices.
Two great examples where TreadRight is making a difference are the projects in Peru and Italy, where we support the Centro de Textiles Tradicionales del Cusco and Laboratorio Giuditta Brozzetti. Both organisations are run by women to help keep their own traditions of weaving alive, teach visitors of their history, value and beauty, and employ locals to carry on the work.
"Hang out with the locals, learn about their culture and learn about their challenges. Travel like you’re about to meet the most incredible person you’ve ever met and that they’ll teach you something new. Travel with an open heart and listen."
Tourism can improve employment, especially for young women. It can give voice to those who are usually underrepresented. Being able to express themselves and keep their culture alive is fantastic, and it also changes how you, as the traveller, perceive the land and its people. You connect on a deeper level.
The narrative that is told about a place is so powerful.