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Josiah Wilson on Healing from Racial Discrimination in One of Ours

Josiah Wilson on Healing from Racial Discrimination in One of Ours

One of Ours centres around Josiah Wilson, a young Haitian teen who was adopted into a Heiltsuk family in BC. In 2016 he was racially profiled at the All Native Basketball Tournament and barred from playing. After mediating the case just before it going to the BC Human Rights Tribunal, Josiah got reinstated and was allowed to play in the tournament again. Over the time we see Josiah filmed, he goes through major growth with an emotional breakthrough in the end.

Although One of Ours is primarily Josiah’s story, we learn about the complicated dynamics and stories of his family. A family with diverse racial and sexual identities. Josiah’s and his family’s story is a story of acceptance. Acceptance of oneself, acceptance of the community, and accepting others.  

Before the debut of One of Ours, I got to talk with Josiah about what it was like filming such an intimate healing journey.

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About The Author

Erica Commanda

Born in Toronto, Erica Commanda (Algonquin/Ojibwe) grew up in the small community of Pikwakanagan. From there she moved across Canada living in Ottawa, Vancouver and now Toronto, working in the bar/hospitality industry, mastering the art of listening to stories from her regulars while slinging and spilling drinks (at them or to them). And now through a series of random decisions and events in life she is on a journey discovering and mastering her own knack for storytelling as Associate Editor for MUSKRAT Magazine.

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