At the confluence of colonialism and a “Big Two-Hearted River”: a congruent path to recovery

January 29, 2017

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Ernest Hemingway, American Red Cross volunteer. Portrait by Ermeni Studios, Milan, Italy. Please credit "Ernest Hemingway Photograph Collection, John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, Boston".

To honour their historical obligations and to survive, settlers will need to rethink and renew their relationship to the land.

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In the mirror of history: a reflection of colonialism

January 28, 2017

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It’s fitting, I think, that I came to understand the true nature of my colonized identity through a history of the United States.

Posted in: Colonialism, Identity

Two Lines of History: Parallel or Converging?

November 7, 2016

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In the belly of the whale

As I dug into the history of the Irish, I was immediately struck by the parallels between the Irish experience of English colonialism and the First Nations experience of it.

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A Small Act of Grace: A Story We Can Tell

November 5, 2016

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Our family no longer has a traditional territory, sacred places or the daily routines of life to prompt our collective story-telling, but we have those letters.

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A Portrait In History: Me, My Grandmother, and Colonialism

October 16, 2016

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It never occurred to me that colonialism also had a role to play. That isn’t too surprising, I guess. A sickness has to be named before it can be diagnosed.

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My Place In Your History

September 11, 2016

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The problem with family legends -- like history -- is that the facts often get in the way of a neat, clean, and simple story.

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My Betrayal: A Short History of My Search History In My Search for My Family’s History

August 7, 2016

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Frank Maheux, my great great grandfather

My foolish acceptance of Morton’s imperfect history, however, is not even the most troubling aspect of this short history of my search for my family’s history.

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