With Halloween approaching, Indigenous students are speaking out against culturally appropriated costumes being marketed in Canada.
Cultural appropriation is the act of taking certain elements of a culture or community of which you do not identify with. This is typically manifested as someone from a dominant group taking from marginalized cultures or communities for artificial or leisurely purposes that undermine the cultural context and significance.
The National Aboriginal Caucus of the Canadian Federation of Students have recently been promoting the #NotYourStereotype campaign. We encourage you to speak up when you see culturally appropriative costumes for sale in stores and of course to avoid purchasing them yourself. The impacts of choosing to buy, make, and wear a culturally appropriative costume are significant, including trivializing violent historical realities and on-going struggles and spreading stereotypes about marginalized communities.