Mea culpa: a confession from one of last year’s men

April 8, 2017

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I’m thankful I am introvert. Like a beast with its horn, I have torn every idea that has reached out for me.

Posted in: Philosophy

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

January 29, 2017

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

Posted in: Colonialism

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.

Posted in: Colonialism, Identity

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.

Posted in: Colonialism, Identity

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.

Posted in: Colonialism, Identity

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.

Posted in: Colonialism, Identity