Hello! My name is Megan Metz, or you can call me by my traditional name, Gundox, which was passed down to me by my great grandmother. I’m 18 years old and I was born and raised in Kitamaat, British Columbia and I am part of the Haisla Nation. I recently moved to Burnaby for university and I’m working on getting my Bachelor of Science in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry.
What inspires you everyday
Wanting to achieve the goals I’ve set in place for myself and working on breaking the stereotypes put on First Nations People.
What is something you would change about people in the world
One major thing I would want to change in the world is racism. People don’t realize we aren’t born racist, it’s something that has to be taught to you while growing up. If we could simply raise our children to love and be kind, the world could become a more accepting place.
Why does the color of ones skin get to define who they are as a person? Why does the color of ones skin decide whether they do better or worse in life? Why can’t people see passed it and realize that skin colors are different because of how close or how far away
from the equator you are.
It’s just different levels of melanin in your skin. I’ve never been able to understand how people could be so ignorant to that and believe they are better than someone just because of their appearance.
What is your view on society today
I feel like good things are coming, believe it or not. People are finally realizing that you don’t have to just accept things and keep your thoughts to yourself but that you can stand up and speak your mind. That doesn’t necessarily mean that change is for sure on its way, but it is an important first step. We are not at all where we should be but we’ve realized it and are wanting to change our ways.
What is something you’ve struggled with
As much as I’d hate to admit it and as much as I preach self love, I’ve really struggled with body issues growing up. I always compared myself to my friends who were very pretty and thin and I thought I was always the ugly friend. I’m coming to terms with it finally and accepting my appearance and weight. I’m working on getting healthy for myself and I’m working on building my confidence. I have definitely grown in the last few years and I’m proud of how far I’ve come.
What is a positive message you would give others
Even on your darkest days when you feel most alone, you are not. You are loved and there is always someone out there who wouldn’t be the person they are if you didn’t exist. You would be missed so dearly and this pain you feel will pass. It could take months and sometimes years, but when it finally does and you see the light at the end of the tunnel, you will realize how beautiful life can be. There’s always something to live for. Always enjoy the little things and remember to smile!
Last question what is a goal you would like to achieve in the future
Become a successful Medicinal Biochemist and to see as much of the world as I can! 😊