The next several parts of Uprising deals with Douglas Bland's views on politicians and how they think/operate. As a lifelong resident of Ottawa, I'm naturally adverse to hearing criticism of the company that keeps my town afloat. This is a government town. Take your fancy high-paying, white collar, non-unionised jobs back to Montreal or Toronto … Continue reading Grip & Grin
Sometimes you get lucky, and the fates conspire to hand you a gift. So I already (briefly) introduced Member of Parliament Robert Falcon Ouellette, the MP for Winnipeg Centre. He's the real life human being who stands in contrast to the underwhelming Jim Riley whom Bland has representing a similar region in the novel (Winnipeg … Continue reading Supplemental Reading – Robert Falcon Ouellette on the Métis Wars
Now that we’ve established some basic facts about Louis Riel and the ‘Riel Rebellions’ we can take a proper look at how Douglas Bland characterizes this complex man in Uprising. In my last deconstruction post Molly Grace was about to launch into her own mini-dissertation on the subject of Louis Riel. Meanwhile, one chapter earlier, … Continue reading 41-Alex & Molly have thoughts about Louis…
So we're coming up on a part of the novel that's going to deal in some detail with Louis Riel, the Métis Leader, rebel, mystic, and (not paradoxically) Father of Confederation. Since there's people reading this blog from all over the world (hey everyone!) I figured I'd provide a quick, condensed history of Louis Riel … Continue reading Louis Riel – Textbook Edition
***Apologies in advance for the delays in posting. I have been dealing with a combination of work and illness which has made the last week exhausting.*** Oh boy…it’s another briefing! A frustrating reality about Bland’s work is that he’s going to tell most of the story from the perspective of various headquarters, and he’s going … Continue reading 40-Brief Continuity
***Before we begin! In this post I discuss the belief systems of some Indigenous people in Canada and the United States. I'm doing my best to represent things properly but, as I have said before, I'm not an expert here. More importantly, the beliefs and philosophies I'm writing about here are held by some First Nations … Continue reading Musical Interlude – We are the Halluci Nation
***The following post is a follow-on to this one in the deconstruction. My intent is to expand on some of the points I made in the post, and tie them in with some of the ideas I'd been kicking around for a Personal Philosophy post. Be warned that it deals with issues of character building in … Continue reading Shame. You need it.