“Every day, I experience and see all the things that are unfair to me and my Indigenous sisters and brothers,” says 19-year-old Seqininnguaq Qitura Lynge Poulsen (@xsiqiniqx), an Indigenous rights activist, art student and advisor at Arctic Indigenous Fund, whose work is focused on mental health, decolonization and Indigenous culture. “I am from Greenland, also called Kalaallit,” says the 19-year-old, who identifies as an Indigenous Inuk and as a part of Inuit Nunaat, meaning the regions of Inuit. “I see my fellow Inuit across the Arctic as a part of my family.” “If we want to gain a better future for Indigenous peoples, it's important to give space for them to express themselves, lead their own way and actively listen to them. Cultural appropriation is still a big problem, especially when it comes to Indigenous designs and patterns in tattooing. Our patterns are very special to us and are sacred,” explains Seqininnguaq, who received their first traditional face and hand tattoos when they turned 18, marking their coming into adulthood. “The advice I would give young Indigenous people who want to make a difference is: believe in yourself and never stop fighting. People will be against you, sometimes you will feel as though the whole world is against you, but it is important that we keep fighting together and that we never forget our culture and heritage. The most important message to me is that no one has to stand alone.” Photo by @xsiqiniqx

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