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The Vatican earns the slowest of claps for disavowal of Doctrine of Discovery

The Vatican released a statement this week that repudiates the Doctrine of Discovery, the decree that has been used to subjugate Indigenous Peoples for half a millennium. But how should Canada reconcile the Church’s statement with what we see unfolding right now — another RCMP raid on Wet’suwet’en territory? These are the sorts of violent…

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CCPA Monitor: What would a world respecting Indigenous rights look like?

Karyn Pugliese, member of Pikwakanagan First Nation, is a seasoned journalist best known for hard-hitting reporting at the National Observer, Canadaland, and APTN. So it’s refreshing to hear her delighted cackle as she unpacks some of the absurdities that are baked into Canadian law. In Canada’s historical narrative of the march from British colony to…

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Resilient Gardens for a Changing Climate

The Echo Valley Farm group offers a beautiful example of how collectivizing food production can create not only healthy systems but healthy human cultures.  Robert Birch, who has been farming together with his neighbours on their patch of south-end ground since the project’s inception, thinks of the Echo Valley Farm as a social experiment in…

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American Epiphany

Mob rules: Horned and bare-chested, the barbarians storm the capital while out in the bay sailboats come loose off their moorings and careen into rocky shoals. Off in the distance sirens wail slicing through no-sound, howling at no-moon. Jaws drop on a masked populace as the rude Emperor lowers his pants and bare bawls it…

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Mediating a Marriage on the Rocks

The relationship between Canada and First Nations plays out like a marriage on the rocks. Once upon a time, separate Nations came together: some brought a love of land, and others had more of a lust for it. They made a solemn covenant, sealed the deal in ceremony, and then: things went horribly sideways.  Maybe…

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We are the stronghold

 I was married to this guy from Winnipeg’s north end. His dad was a white guy, a trucker with big personality and a bigger anger management/drinking problem. His mom Joann was Metis, a “Roy”, five foot nothing, warm and golden as a pool of melted butter. She loved the grandchildren that her son and I…

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Orca Soundings

Talk given at opening of “Against the Current” exhibit, 2020 Salt Spring Arts Council Call me Ishmael.  Moby Dick is a book that presents one of the most pure villains in literature: Ahab, the captain of the doomed whaling ship  the Peqod,  embodies the Man vs. Nature domination trip that has resulted in our Current…

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The Indigenous nation exposing the lie of Canada’s “world class” oil spill response

A different kind of sentencing hearing took place today on B.C.’s central coast, in an area known as the Great Bear Rainforest. Three years after the Nathan E. Stewart sank, spilling 110,000 litres of diesel, effluent, and engine oil into Heiltsuk fishing grounds, the Indigenous nation is still waiting for justice. Canada charged Kirby –…

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Dia de los Muertos 2021

“To the resident of New York, Paris or London, the word death is never pronounced because it burns the lips. The Mexican, on the other hand, jokes about it, caresses it, sleeps with it, celebrates it; it is one of his favourite games and his most steadfast love.” — Octavio Paz Mexico City is aquatic. The…

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When it comes to stopping Kinder Morgan, Tofino means business

This article originally appeared in Ricochet. https://ricochet.media/en/1778/when-it-comes-to-stopping-kinder-morgan-tofino-means-business Coastal communities are on the front lines of climate change. For those who live on the narrow peninsula that leads to Tofino on the west coast of B.C.’s Vancouver Island, the prospect of rising sea levels has an immediacy that tends to incite action. That’s one reason why the…

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