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Candace Toma

Candace Toma

Natuashish, NL
Mushuau Innu

“I think it’s important because you remember who you are and why you became you are, and how you became who you are, and to hold on to that part of you while you keep going.”

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Hi, my name is Candace Toma, and I wrote the story called Ghost of the Future. I won the Aboriginal Arts Challenge back in June, 2011.

My story is about my people from Davis Inlet and how they were moved from there to a new community called Natuashish back in 2002, and it describes how saddened they were and how painful it was to leave home and be moved to a different place where you weren’t raised. Just like that.

I learned that my family went through a lot and they are tough people.

I think it’s important because you remember who you are and why you became you are, and how you became who you are, and to hold on to that part of you while you keep going.

I hadn’t realized at the time what I wrote, like how good it was, and what it would become. I just lived in the moment.

When we went to the ceremony, there were all kinds of people there that congratulated me and really encouraged me to keep writing.

For the future, maybe, I’m going to take literature and continue with my writing.

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