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Language has been “my anchor,” says Steven Hall.

How saying ‘I’m gay’ in Heiltsuk connects this Indigenous man to his ancestors

‘That word makes me so happy,’ Steven Hall says with a smile.

Steven Hall says he went through a bunch of different struggles of identity,” from being part of the LGBT community, to religion, to accepting that he’s from a lower income family — “and not being ashamed of that.”

His biggest struggle, he says, was embracing his identity as Heiltsuk. Throughout, his language has been his anchor. 

This video captures a bit of his journey — and the joy he feels when he expresses his sexuality in his own language, the language of his ancestors. 


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