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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.

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.

Seven Shades of Colonialism: Through the Looking Glass of Cultural Genocide

June 30, 2016

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Here’s the strange thing. My grandmother was an Indian, she presented herself to my class as an Indian, but it never occurred to me that I was an Indian too.

Me, My Mother, and You: Colonialism’s Bastards

April 24, 2016

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It is only the Western colonial obsession with the “racial” purity of blood that cuts off my ties -- our ties -- to a shared history we should all call our own.

Is Stephen Harper a Symptom or the Cause of What Ails Ottawa? Discuss!

January 14, 2015

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My question to you: Is Stephen Harper a symptom of what ails Ottawa or the cause?

The Two Solitudes: Divided and Conquered.

June 18, 2012

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As long as I’ve had any understanding of Canadian history and politics, I’ve also believed — almost reflexively — that “the Two Solitudes” is a natural and essential feature of Canadian society. And why not? From grade school history class to the front pages of the national media, everywhere we’re told, French and English Canadians […]

Why I Love Social Media: Translating the printemps érable.

May 28, 2012

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I will admit it. The Quebec student protests never really resonated with me. Despite my liberal democratic ideals, despite my support for a fully accessible public education system, and despite my conviction that public protest is an essential component of a healthy democracy, I didn’t instinctively find any common cause or sense of purpose with […]