“While church and government officials would have their differences, their overall commitment to civilizing and Christianizing Aboriginal children gave rise to an education system that emphasized the need to separate children from their culture, impose a new set of values and beliefs, provide a basic elementary education, and implant Europe’s emerging industrial work discipline” (Langevin,Continue reading “Assimilation and Cultural Endurance: Colonizing the Family”
The Conservative Party is doing its best to inflame the public into calling for a referendum on the issue of electoral reform. It may seem obvious that if the goal is to ensure better representation for Canada’s diverse public, why not just ask that public what it wants? Here are three reasons why this isContinue reading “Why We Shouldn’t Have a Referendum on Electoral Reform in Canada”
It’s one of the most abundant replenishable resources on planet Earth, and it is essential to the survival of every living thing. You would think that basic truth would be enough to ensure a right to clean drinking water at least in our modern, wealthy, progressive democracies that fly around the world with paternalistic visionsContinue reading “Welcome to Apartheid America”
It didn’t get a huge amount of attention in the news, but Newfoundland recently abolished student debt, and replaced their system of loans with one of needs-based grants. Any advocate of education had to be at least a little heartened by that news.
I’m balancing on a wire suspended between two bridges. Far below, the canopy of ocean with its welcoming embrace waits, choked with plastic and wasted expectations.
Our public schools are the primary site of social reconstruction. Children enter school and are socialized according to the rules of society, and the privileged ones go on to be ‘good’ adults who have children and begin reconstructing the society at another primary site: the home.
A few years ago I attended a free screening of a film which exposed the horrors of the food industry. The event was organized by volunteers through a program called Cinema Politica which makes a library of educational documentaries available for small community organizations to screen.
I used to call myself a feminist. I believed that my experience on the margins as a gay person was a source of unity between me and other people similarly marginalized. What I didn’t realize was that not even the margins of our society are equal.
It’s true the steady rhythm of the beating drum counting heartbeats and voices in the night. That song of Utopia slips away in the fog a vision fleeted obscured by individualism.
New year spins again. Forgotten webs of promises dust the corners and the high places making old a vision of once all the promise replaced by silence in a lonely tomb.