All My Relations


  • Jade Palmer


Equity, Belonging, Identity, Indigenous, Interconnectivity


To Jade, identity and belonging are synonymous, and the environments in which humans exist either curate interconnectivity or disconnection. This piece will lead you through an exploration of the writer’s identity, focusing on continual growth and what connection means to her as an Indigenous woman. This journey accounts for the impacts of settler systems, describing how the ideology of individuality contrasts with Indigenous culture, specifically, interconnectivity. This piece centers on Indigenous ways of knowing and how that knowledge coincides with equity, harmony, and unity. Jade speaks to her account and experiences of racism, self-rejection, and her continued curation of belonging. Jade hopes her story will be a voice for those who have struggled with identity and belonging. All my relations.

Author Biography

Jade Palmer

Jade is a member of the Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc First Nation. She is a third-year Bachelor of Arts student pursuing a Major in Psychology. Jade is currently involved in the Indigenous Mentorship program, and her research interests include Indigenous community-based programs involved in mental wellness and physical health. Jade can be found outside school, spending time with family, traveling, and connecting with culture and community. Jade’s future academic goal is to complete a Ph.D. in Psychology, and she plans to utilize her education to work with, connect, and support Indigenous people.

Author Jade Palmer is smiling softly to the camera. Her hair is tied up and she has a black jacket on.