Greetings! My name is Nicholas Goberdhan, and I am a SSHRC-Funded Doctoral Student working out of Concordia University (Tiohtià:ke/Montreal). I was born and raised in Scarborough-Ontario, (Tkaronto), and I’d like to make note of the many differing nations amongst this traditional territory, including the Mississaugas of the Credit, the Anishnabeg, the Chippewa, the Haudenosaunee, Wendat peoples and other diverse First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples. Tkaronto is covered by Treaty 13 signed with the Mississaugas of the Credit, and the Williams Treaties signed with multiple Mississaugas and Chippewa bands.
Extending this acknowledgement further, Nicholas is a Brown-skinned second-generation Indo-Caribbean. With the precarity of lived circumstances in my parents’ home country, they’ve migrated to Canada in pursuit of a better life, and thus my positionality is both aligned and subjected within vectors of a larger colonial praxis.
As I continue to learn and unlearn, I’ve placed great importance to make note of the ongoing colonial nature and land situations that my work finds itself in. My research studies racialized young carers, who are young people under the age of 25 that care for a loved one with a disability. My contribution to this field of young carers is to build upon the scare literature of racialized folks within this identity, and theorize/learn through the varying ways in which ongoing colonial-racial-ableist configurations shape the lived realities of racialized young carers, like myself.