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wmtc: dispatches from ola 2016, part 2: libraries and prisons

I’ve had a longstanding interest in prison libraries, and was happy to meet another librarian-friend who shares this. But I was very pleasantly surprised at the large turnout for the talk Prisons and Libraries: A Relationship Worth Incubating at t… . . . → Read More: wmtc: dispatches from ola 2016, part 2: libraries and prisons

wmtc: dispatches from ola 2016, part 1: choosing to walk a path

I attended OLA* for only one day this year, partly because I’m already missing so much work for bargaining and other union business, and partly because one day is often enough. There’s a huge lineup of presentations, poster sessions, book signings, ven… . . . → Read More: wmtc: dispatches from ola 2016, part 1: choosing to walk a path

The Canadian Progressive: Climate Change Threatens Coastal British Columbia First Nations Fishing Traditions

A new study says climate change threatens fishing traditions that have sustained First Nations along Canada’s Pacific coast for thousands of years. The study found that climate change could reduce fish species such herring and salmon, “which are among … . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: Climate Change Threatens Coastal British Columbia First Nations Fishing Traditions

wmtc: bernie sanders, the pope, and the politics of amnesia

I see a lot of excitement online, in places like Common Dreams and The Nation, and in my Facebook feed, about Bernie Sanders, supposedly remaking US politics, and Pope Francis, supposedly remaking the Roman Catholic Church.

About Sanders, I shake my head and wonder why long-time Democrat voters do not see him and his candidacy . . . → Read More: wmtc: bernie sanders, the pope, and the politics of amnesia

centre of the universe: Transparency?

I don’t think that word means what you think it means. We just passed the deadline by which First Nations bands are required by the Federal Government to disclosed audited financial statements. The audited financial statements must be accompanied by a separate schedule which details the salaries for Chiefs and councillors. There are some good . . . → Read More: centre of the universe: Transparency?

centre of the universe: Baby, tell the truth

I was going to make a post about the upcoming election, but since there are TEN GODDAMNED WEEKS left, I think I have some time. And then I heard something on the radio that made me realize something. We have a long, long, LONG road ahead of us when it comes to owning up to, . . . → Read More: centre of the universe: Baby, tell the truth

wmtc: truth and reconciliation, past and present: why this matters to all of us

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada has just completed its week-long closing event in Ottawa. The Commission was part of the historic settlement between the Canadian Government and the survivors of the former Indian Residential Schools. Its mandate is to inform all Canadians about what happened in Indian Residential Schools (IRS). The Commission . . . → Read More: wmtc: truth and reconciliation, past and present: why this matters to all of us

wmtc: what i’m reading: this changes everything by naomi klein, one of the most important books you’ll ever read

This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate, by Naomi Klein, is incredibly difficult to write about. I’ve been putting sticky notes beside important paragraphs as I read, and my copy now looks like an art project, bristling with coloured paper squares. I can say without exaggeration that this is one of the most important . . . → Read More: wmtc: what i’m reading: this changes everything by naomi klein, one of the most important books you’ll ever read

wmtc: what i’m reading: indian horse by richard wagamese, a must-read, especially for canadians

Indian Horse, by Richard Wagamese, is a hauntingly beautiful novel about an Ojibway boy’s journey into manhood. It was the Readers’ Choice winner of the 2013 Canada Reads, CBC Radio’s book promotion program. But if you’re like me and don’t listen to the radio, you may have missed it. Don’t miss it. Indian Horse should . . . → Read More: wmtc: what i’m reading: indian horse by richard wagamese, a must-read, especially for canadians

wmtc: "humility is the foundation of all learning"

My grandmother had always referred to the universe as the Great Mystery.

“What does it mean?” I asked her once.

“It means all things.”

“I don’t understand.”

She took my hand and sat me down on a rock at the water’s edge. “We need mystery,” she said, “Creator in her wisdom knew this. Mystery fills . . . → Read More: wmtc: "humility is the foundation of all learning"

wmtc: what i’m reading: the spirit catches you and you fall down, truly excellent nonfiction

The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down: A Hmong child, her American doctors, and the collision of two cultures by Anne Fadiman contains dozens of passages that I’d like to share. My library copy is shamefully dog-eared, and I intend to buy a copy of the book for my bookshelf. But I’ll restrain . . . → Read More: wmtc: what i’m reading: the spirit catches you and you fall down, truly excellent nonfiction

The Canadian Progressive: UN special rapporteur calls for inquiry into missing and murdered aboriginal women in Canada

A long-awaited United Nations report has confirmed that there is a crisis in Canada when it comes to how the Canadian government treats aboriginal peoples.

by: Obert Madondo | May 13, 2014

A new United Nations special rapporteur’s report on the situation of indigenous peoples in Canada is calling for a national inquiry into missing . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: UN special rapporteur calls for inquiry into missing and murdered aboriginal women in Canada

wmtc: what i’m reading: four youth books and some kind-of spoilers

Flight is a thought-provoking short novel by one of my favourite youth writers, Sherman Alexie.

The main character in Flight, a Native American boy who goes by the derisive nickname Zits, is a troubled soul with a long history of abuse, neglect, and abandonment. He seems to be on the brink of a major transition, . . . → Read More: wmtc: what i’m reading: four youth books and some kind-of spoilers

The Canadian Progressive: CHRC statement on meeting with UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, James Anaya

Canadian Human Rights Commission statement on meeting with James Anaya, the visiting United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

The post CHRC statement on meeting with UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, James Anaya appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

wmtc: discoveries make me happy

I am always astonished to see stories such as these. A tree-dwelling animal with a teddy-bear-like face and rust-coloured fur has become the newest mammal species discovered by scientists.

The olinguito, the smallest known member of the raccoon family, lives in the cloud forests high in the Andes Mountains of Colombia and Ecuador, reported a . . . → Read More: wmtc: discoveries make me happy

wmtc: a people’s history of british columbia, and a chance to preserve it for the future

Here’s a chance to preserve Canadian history – the real history, not the government-approved kind – and to preserve art and creativity and alternative media, all at the same time.

Please consider giving $7.00 – or any amount – and sharing this excellent campaign with your friends and on social media. More info: Hi! My . . . → Read More: wmtc: a people’s history of british columbia, and a chance to preserve it for the future

wmtc: dave zirin writes to dan snyder: why the washington nfl team must change its name

Here is the definitive piece on why the NFL team in Washington DC must change its name, written by – who else – Dave Zirin: Enough: An Open Letter to Enough Dan Snyder, at Grantland. Please go and read it.

wmtc: 1500 kilometres by foot through the arctic winter: the journey of the nishiyuu nears ottawa

On January 16, 2013, six young Cree men and an experienced guide left their community on Hudson’s Bay, in the far north, on foot. Their destination: Parliament Hill, Ottawa. Along their route, other aboriginal youth joined them, and together, now almost 200 strong, they are still walking.

This is the Journey of Nishiyuu, or, . . . → Read More: wmtc: 1500 kilometres by foot through the arctic winter: the journey of the nishiyuu nears ottawa

350 or bust: Take Time To Renew Your Spirit

The Canadian Progressive: CASWE and CASW joint statement supporting Indigenous peoples of Turtle Island

A Canadian Association of Social Work Education (CASWE) and Canadian Association of Social Workers (CASW) joint statement supporting the aspirations of Indigenous peoples of Turtle Island and their aspirations, currently being articulated by #IdleNoMore. by CASWE and CASW, Jan. 31, 2013: As social work educators and practitioners the members of the Canadian Association of Social . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: CASWE and CASW joint statement supporting Indigenous peoples of Turtle Island

Cowichan Conversations: It Is Time For Ottawa To Become ‘Idle No More’

Richard Hughes Political Blogger

The Idle No More Movement has reopened an old problem and kicked off a new discussion in Canada regarding our relationship and responsibilities towards indigenous peoples. While it is easy to pick up on PM Harper’s desperate and racist wedge attack on Chief Theresa Spence and the Attawapiskat Nation . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: It Is Time For Ottawa To Become ‘Idle No More’

wmtc: are we seeing the beginning of global people’s revolution?

“There’s something happening here, what it is ain’t exactly clear…”

This week, I attended a talk put on by the International Socialists, featuring an organizer with OUR Walmart, by Skype from Texas, and a Toronto-based union activist. Both speakers were terrific and so inspiring, but although I took copious notes, I’m not posting a summary . . . → Read More: wmtc: are we seeing the beginning of global people’s revolution?

wmtc: dr. dawg on the extraordinary acts of ordinary people, and the pundits who cannot abide them

Dr. Dawg has written a terrific piece about the mainstream media’s disturbing, if predictable, response to the courageous actions of Chief Theresa Spence. Extraordinary things, we are being instructed, may only be done by extraordinary people. Spence is frumpy, not particularly witty or intellectual, somewhat inconsistent as things change around her by the day, perhaps . . . → Read More: wmtc: dr. dawg on the extraordinary acts of ordinary people, and the pundits who cannot abide them

wmtc: enbridge line 9: all pain and no gain for ontario, quebec, and new england

Have you heard about Line 9?

Enbridge has begun a process that would create a third option to get their dirty tarsands oil out of Alberta to sell to the rest of the world. The Keystone XL pipeline would stretch from Alberta to Nebraska. (Gee, what could go wrong?) The Northern Gateway pipeline . . . → Read More: wmtc: enbridge line 9: all pain and no gain for ontario, quebec, and new england

wmtc: chief theresa spence calling for solidarity actions on sunday, december 30

Media ReleaseFor Immediate Release December 28, 2012

Attawapiskat Chief Spence heading into day 19 of hunger strike and seeking Canadians, Members of Parliament and politicians to urge Prime Minister Harper to meet and commit to Nation to Nation relations with Canada’s Aboriginal Peoples.

Algonquin Territory, Ottawa, Ontario

Chief Theresa Spence is heading into day nineteen . . . → Read More: wmtc: chief theresa spence calling for solidarity actions on sunday, december 30