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‘I downplayed it all’: Métis man shares journey to self-love after residential school
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‘I downplayed it all’: Métis man shares journey to self-love after residential school

Warning: This story deals with disturbing subject matter that may upset and trigger some readers. Discretion is advised. Gary Têtu’s life story is told in dozens of tattoos all over his body.Some are from his past life – a time of “self-hatred” – but others are a monument to love, healing and the sacred teachings of his people.On one arm, a Medicine Wheel, a Métis infinity symbol and a peace sign are visible. On the other, motorcycle handlebars overlook a road leading into the sunset – his “happy place” – while an orange ribbon honours Le Estcwicwéy̓, the missing children who never made it home from residential schools.That same arm also has a graveyard with tombstones marking everything in his life he wants to put to rest, including “rage,” “ego,” “worry,” and “IRS,”  which stan...