So in the novel Uprising, we’re told that the Complex at Akwesasne is so secure, that people working in one part are not allowed to wander into other parts lest they see something they shouldn’t. To make sure they don’t wander, guards posted everywhere. The guards can apparently be trusted to see everything. More recently, … Continue reading Supplemental Reading – I am Thursday/Alpharius!
***This post is going to primarily be about the 2011 documentary Wiebo’s War by director/producer David York which can be seen for free at the National Film Board website. It will also draw upon the book ‘Saboteurs: Weibo Ludwig's War against Big Oil' by Andrew Nikiforuk for added information.*** The events of the late 1990s which came to be known as … Continue reading Film Studies – Wiebo’s War
If you’re going to read one book about the First Nations of Canada and the United States, this is it. I’m not saying this because Thomas King wrote the definitive book on the subject, or that he’s the greatest writer of our time (although he is a fantastic, award winning writer). What makes ‘The Inconvenient … Continue reading Supplemental Reading – The Inconvenient Indian
So I've already gone and made a couple of references to Orks (spelled with a ‘k’) which I should probably explain, given that I'm probably going to make a lot more before this deconstruction is done. It also gives me an excuse to talk about some of my favourite pulp science fiction series. Today's Supplemental … Continue reading Supplemental Reading – WAAAGH!!!
***It's worth noting that, while Swain's memoirs are both well written and valuable as an historical resource, it's fair to mention that he does come with his share of bias. Just as the more passionate Indigenous activists are uncomfortable admitting the close ties between the Mohawk Warriors and organized crime (specifically cigarette smuggling and casino/bingo … Continue reading Supplemental Reading: Oka: A Political Crisis and its Legacy.
This is a follow on to my examination of The Break, which becomes a better and better novel the more I think of it. There’s a couple of other aspects of the novel that I wanted to raise that I’m going to want to reference as we go on with Uprising. Since they didn’t really … Continue reading A Break for the Cops…
***This is going to be both a review of a novel dealing with violence against women and girls, as well as a discussion about alcohol use and abuse both within Indigenous communities and within the CAF. These are uncomfortable subjects and I think I managed to discuss it with care and tact, but be warned … Continue reading Additional Reading: ‘The Break’ by Katherina Vermette