Reconciliation Pole installed on UBC Vancouver campus
Officially known as Reconciliation Pole, the 55-foot red cedar pole was carved by 7idansuu (Edenshaw), James Hart, Haida master carver and hereditary chief. The pole tells the story of the time before, during, and after the Indian residential school system – a system that began in the 1800s and ended with the last school closure in 1996.
Everyone was dead: When Europeans first came to B.C., they stepped into the aftermath of a holocaust:
It was May 1792. The lush environs of the Georgia Strait had once been among the most densely populated corners of the land that is now Canada, with humming villages, harbours swarming with canoes and valleys so packed with cookfires that they had smog.
Brad 'Caribou Legs' Firth says that he is running across Canada to raise awareness and get people talking about violence against woman. He recently vsited high schools in Comox Valley. You can find him on Facebook or there are several articles online.
Why I won't be attending Canada's 150th Birthday by Ryan McMahon.
“McMahon’s comedy is mischievous and skilled, cutting through tricky subjects like a comedic surgeon. He dares you to laugh & think.” — EDMONTON JOURNAL
Colonization Road by Ryan McMahon
Since Europeans arrived on these shores, roads have been built to bring settlers across the country, connect them with resources to create industry and ultimately to establish a nation. Many of these interconnecting networks are called colonization roads. For indigenous peoples, these roads embody a powerful and ironic reality; colonization is still so powerful, we name our roads after it. Join Anishinaabe comedian, Ryan McMahon as he travels across Ontario learning about colonization roads, the ways in which they have dispossessed indigenous people of land and access to traditional territories while creating space for settlers in the colonial experiment that has become Canada.
Whale Dying on the Mountain by J.B. Mackinnon
A story of our glacier, climate change and connection to First Nations culture.
Clam Gardens (CBC All Points West Radio) or
Gulf Islands seeing return of First Nations clam gardens (CBC News Article). First Nations and Parks Canada are reviving clam gardens, a traditional First Nations form of aquaculture. A PhD student working on the project says the work explores marine ecology, traditional knowledge and food security.