Chapter 10 of Ijeoma Oluo’s deeply valuable So You Want to Talk About Race focuses on the how to appreciate culture instead of appropriate it. It debates whether white people can/should rap. It’s not about Vanilla Ice versus Eminem or … [Read more]
Chapter 9 of Ijeoma Oluo’s awesome So You Want to Talk About Race focuses on how systemic racism in institutions like school create a recipe for failure for non-whites. This is one of the largest comprehension divides for Canadians trying … [Read more]
Despite the statistics that police treat people of colour and indigenous people more unfairly and brutally, a reflexive defensiveness exists to discount that experience. When people who aren’t white complain about driving while black, etc., is our initial impulse to … [Read more]
Chapter 1 of Ijeoma Oluo’s So You Want to Talk About Race is called “Is It Really About Race?” In the debrief of the 2016 election, many folks have concluded that if we paid more attention to poor white people … [Read more]
20 years ago yesterday came the Supreme Court’s Delgamuukw ruling, ensuring that this “Canada” recognizes pre-existing aboriginal sovereignty, especially in BC where virtually none of the land was ever ceded to the British Crown. This is a pathetic day for … [Read more]
Obama’s “Yes We Can” mantra made many question, yes we can do what exactly? That was its brilliance. He became whatever to whoever. Trudeau’s commitment to a national inquiry on murdered and missing indigenous women has become the same emptiness, … [Read more]
Yesterday I noticed two things: The BC NDP and BC Greens are willing to create a new paradigm of politics in BC. Hopefully this can mean a legislature where people don’t behave like 6-year-olds with the rude and sexist … [Read more]
The World Economic Forum is not the most progressive organization in world history. They’ve been part of pushing a neoliberal privatization agenda on many poor countries for decades. But they’re going through what appears to be at least a salon … [Read more]
How many thousands of dead, injured and abused kids in the care of the BC government are OK for BC Liberal Party voters? None? Try thousands over 16 years. And how many more thousands of dead, injured and abused kids … [Read more]
How about you? Are you ahead by a century, like Gord Downie is? Do you walk among the stars? I can only aspire to. I want to pivot to a new world of connection and rich culture and community. I … [Read more]
We’ve learned a few things. But we need to pick up the pace of wisdom. As we pivot to a new world that is suffering from deeper entrenched tendencies of fascism and contempt for truth, we need to stop wasting … [Read more]
If, like me, you don’t recognize these women as household names, you are likely a victim of history education that focuses on males and white people. And while you are likely not a racist misogynist, we all have to do … [Read more]
It’s all about self care. Care for yourself with more sleep, more time walking in nature, less time in elevators and more time on stairs. Eat healthier, simpler foods. Spend more time with your people: less texting and more phone … [Read more]
As we pivot to a new world, of course, we’ll have to contend with the election of Trump as president. But it’s not an absolute road block. Yesterday I wrote about how Trump won because he appealed to various populations of disenfranchised people who have been screwed by the political and global economic order. Honestly, ...
It’s not Trump. It’s a country that makes Trump possible. It’s not Clinton vs. Sanders. It’s about building the world we want and making our leaders follow us. You know how much they love the polls. It’s about hope, optimism and pivoting: finding our pivot foot in the areas of life WE are improving. It’s ...
If you’re looking for what real leadership looks like, it’s this. UBCIC Grand Chief Stewart Phillip once again demonstrated what integrity looks like as the federal government once again tries to waffle on commitments and listening to the Supreme Court. Not only has the prime minister floated a trial balloon recently about how we don’t ...
You’d think Obama would want his legacy to not be settler/colonial terrorism against First Nations water protectors. See the video below. You’d think he would not be interested in people being dragged from prayer circles to be arrest and put in kennels. You’d think he wouldn’t want anyone putting numbers on the arms of prisoners. ...
We need to move to the post-carbon energy infrastructure now. The Heiltsuk are enduring the collateral damage of us not doing so. And they will for years to come. We need to leave the climate change oil juice in the ground, we need to stop the oil and gas government subsidies so we can subsidize ...
Old politics is all about breeding apathy and cynicism so the “leaders” can get on with their business, and the … [Read more]