So we’ve just heard how the 2006 census proves that the ‘white’ race is the real endangered minority (I think?). Now it’s time for our everyman character Col Ian Dobson to warn us about violent gangs! Not content to go by the easy route of calling in someone from, say, the RCMP to lay out … Continue reading 22-Can you dig it?
***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.
The officer handling the briefing, Col Conway, doesn't seem to respect his democratically elected leadership. Before launching into his part of the briefing, he pauses in for a moment to revel in his natural superiority over the mere civilian before him: ‘Conway smiled to himself. He very much doubted that Riley knew any such thing, … Continue reading 21-Apparently Healthy but Badly Led…
***A couple of points before I begin, this post is a difficult one to write, not only because of the subject matter (which includes PTSD, drug abuse and self-harm) but the fact that a lot of the details surrounding the events are not officially know. As such, I am going to speculating somewhat. For civilian … Continue reading Kanehsatake (3) – Face to Face
***Fair warning for any military readers! The documentary film Kanehsetake: 270 Years of Resistance by Ojibwe film maker Alanis Obomsawin is hard to watch. This is a film made by the people on the other side of the wire and they are not fans of the army or the Canadian government as a whole. This makes … Continue reading Film Studies – Kanehsetake: 270 Years of Resistance
I know that Bill Whitefish is laying out the organization of the NPA using a white board and a hand drawn chart, but it really does feel like a Power Point presentation. The way we just move from one topic to another is too much like a clicking over to the next slide in the … Continue reading 15-Politics as Usual?