General Bishop can see events unfolding before him and, although the picture is still unclear, it's clear that danger is immanent, and that he must act. So, of course, he calls a meeting. General Bishop was in a stern mood. He’d called this operations meeting of the Armed Forces Council - to which no civil … Continue reading 48-Can we hear from Mr G-G, please?
Andrew B. Godefroy's history 'In Peace Prepared: Innovation and Adaption in Canada's Cold War Army' traces the history of Canada's post-Second World War military. This was a remarkable decade, where Canada emerged from the War with a huge army and a wealth of experience, demobilized to almost nothing, then rebuilt within the span of a decade. All the … Continue reading Supplemental Reading – In Peace, Prepared
I've already made the observation that half of good writing is the editing process. If Bland had taken this concept seriously, then this next section, where Molly Grace and Bill Whitefish give another briefing in the Complex at Akwesasne, would probably have been merged with her confrontation with the Council, or else cut out altogether. Most … Continue reading 47-Molly’s greatest hits…
A Note Before We Begin: ***I realized a little while back that I was going to have to set down some of the basics about the Residential School System in Canada, and I'm kind of freaked out by the prospect. The issue here is - like I've said many times before - I'm not Indigenous. … Continue reading Residential Schools & the Sixties Scoop – Some Basic History
So a 40-ish blogger's sitting in a bar at 3pm after having survived another weekly visit to counselling when he looks out the window and sees a bunch of kids skipping school... No, this isn't the start of a joke. ...so out in the street there's a bunch of kids. Not young people, kids. Mostly … Continue reading Hope Punks!
So last post needed some heavy editing to keep the word count from ballooning out of control. As much as I'm trying to cover all the angles, it's inevitable that stuff's going to be missed. However, I'm thinking this paragraph from the last post calls for a deeper dive: He watched with growing dread the … Continue reading 46.1-Vengeance is Mine(?)
So the next section ends with a call being made from the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) to the office of Alan Onanole, the Grand Chief of the First Nations’ Federation (Bland’s stand-in for the real life Assembly of First Nations). It's not especially significant in terms of plot or character, but it's revealing nonetheless: “Could … Continue reading 46-The Grand Chief …