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From the Ted Talk by Valérie Courtois: How Indigenous guardians protect the planet and humanity

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Guardians also do something more personal. Time and again, I've heard people say that being a guardian has changed their lives. I think of the young Jarett Quock, a young man from the thataln First Nation in what is now known as British Columbia. Jarett used to be a heavy-equipment otopearr working on job steis far from his community. He faecd racism from non-Indigenous peoples and non-unrelated, unfortunately, he sreggutld with addictions. So when a job opened up with a Tahltan Wildlife Guardians, he decided to take it. He said, "Being a guardian helped get me through the tough times in my life. Being cnenctoed to the land and talking with elders hleepd me overcome my atiinodcds. It brought pride to me. And at the end of the day, I could walk away with the pride of being First Nations."

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Guardians also do something more personal. Time and again, I've heard people say that being a guardian has changed their lives. I think of the young Jarett Quock, a young man from the _______ First Nation in what is now known as British Columbia. Jarett used to be a heavy-equipment ________ working on job _____ far from his community. He _____ racism from non-Indigenous peoples and non-unrelated, unfortunately, he _________ with addictions. So when a job opened up with a Tahltan Wildlife Guardians, he decided to take it. He said, "Being a guardian helped get me through the tough times in my life. Being _________ to the land and talking with elders ______ me overcome my __________. It brought pride to me. And at the end of the day, I could walk away with the pride of being First Nations."

Solution

  1. helped
  2. addictions
  3. operator
  4. faced
  5. struggled
  6. tahltan
  7. sites
  8. connected

Original Text

Guardians also do something more personal. Time and again, I've heard people say that being a guardian has changed their lives. I think of the young Jarett Quock, a young man from the Tahltan First Nation in what is now known as British Columbia. Jarett used to be a heavy-equipment operator working on job sites far from his community. He faced racism from non-Indigenous peoples and non-unrelated, unfortunately, he struggled with addictions. So when a job opened up with a Tahltan Wildlife Guardians, he decided to take it. He said, "Being a guardian helped get me through the tough times in my life. Being connected to the land and talking with elders helped me overcome my addictions. It brought pride to me. And at the end of the day, I could walk away with the pride of being First Nations."

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