In the simplest form I am Pam to most people, mom to a select 6. Pam is the simplest and my preferred way of identity. Pamela is to formal for my personality and liking. Adding my last name identifies me from all the other Pams or Pamelas out there. Besides my name who am I?
I am mom of 6 children, the way I am most proud to identify myself. I am also a 48 year 3rd year education student. An identity I am also very proud of because even though its late in the game, I am proud that I am following my life long dream to be a teacher. I also identify as a wife and a woman. I am proud to be married for 28 years and a wife but don’t often include as part of my identity. I am also a woman, which happens to be my biological gender which again is something I don’t include in discussions about my identity. Wife and woman to me while they are something I am has also been a complicated identity
In the broader scope I am white, and my ancestry is British, Irish and German. I identify most with my British ancestry, because I was closest to my Grandma who was a war bride from England and heard the stories of her growing up in England. I am also Canadian. I am proud to be Canadian. My Canadian identity is a bit troublesome as well because of the past, but also the present knowing that many of the things I take for granted as a white Canadian are still denied to some because of their identities.
I don’t consider myself having a Treaty identity simply because I don’t know enough about being a Treaty person to form an identity. I know I still benefit from the treaties but that is not enough to form an identity. I have a sense there much more to identifying as a Treaty Person than I know about at the present.
Who I identify as is much more complicated that the names I give myself or others give me, but those names simplify things to make it easy. Chelsea Vowel used the term settlers or Indigenous or First Nations for simplicity but the identities of all are so much more complicated. I think we need to keep that in mind when we are identifying each other and ourselves. Simplicity is good in some instances, like writing but knowing the stories behind the simple identities is something we should strive for.