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 …
Before we begin: Something I picked up from last post. Col Dobson’s briefing made no mention of Alex Gabriel or any suspicions they may have about an attack out west in Winnipeg. The focus of his briefing is on Quebec. The result of this (in part) is that the focus of the federal government response will … Continue reading 45-Emergency measures
***Around a decade following the Oka Crisis, First Nations filmmaker Alanis Obomwasin revisited to subject with two further documentaries. Rocks at Whiskey Trench, and Spudwrench - Kahnawake Man which can be seen at the National Film Board website here, and at the NFB's Youtube channel. Due to the technological limitations of my laptop, all still … Continue reading Film Studies – Rocks at Whiskey Trench
So it's been a couple of years since I went back to University to take this course. It was called Indigenous Art, Activism & Resistance and it was pretty far outside my comfort zone, although it was worth it in the long run. Small word of advice for those of you who feel alienated from young … Continue reading Leadership? (Ground Level)