"The issues facing indigenous people are endless. So why are we arguing about dreamcatchers? It seems insignificant, but it's a huge issue because it's tied to so much of our history," Zafiropoulos said.
"For both of us, it's about education."
As a teacher, Zafiropoulos said she realizes many Canadians are ignorant of Indigenous peoples' contributions to Canada's establishment and survival. For example, native peoples helped settlers live off the land when they first arrived from Europe, and First Nations fighting with Britain in the War of 1812 were pivotal in defeating the United States.
"We would basically be living in America right now if not for that."
Zafiropoulos has Greek and French ancestry, and McGean is a member of the Kanien’keha First Nation.