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
***This next post is going to deal with a few thoughts I had about sexual exploitation that I felt were important, but that didn't fit in with the flow of the last deconstruction post. It's going to include references to the #MeToo movement and discussions of sexual exploitation both in the context of Douglas Bland's … Continue reading 37.1 -NPA vs #MeToo
So...a couple of things before we begin: I’ve already mentioned before how I am not Indigenous (not even the proverbial Cherokee grandmother), and I am in no way an expert in First Nations history or culture. I’ve read a few books, watched a few docs, listened to some podcasts. I’d like to think this qualifies … Continue reading 37-Molly’s Speech? (3) -Dreams/Visions
So this will be the second post on Molly Grace’s brilliant speaking abilities, and…it’s going to get dense. For the next two to three pages it’s going to be like walking against a blast from a firehose of wrong, so prepare yourselves. On a more serious note, this next section is going to involve a … Continue reading 36-Molly’s Speech (2)-Racist?
***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
Okay let’s get this deconstruction moving forward again! The ITAC is a professional body of experts from across the Canadian security and intelligence field. They have been convened to analyze the threat posed by the NPA, and what they come up with will help to establish policy for the government response. Now Douglas Bland spent … Continue reading 32-Abandon all hope