Teaching is not a Gift: Surfacing Labour and increasing Value by Changing how we Talk about Teaching

I just finished reading yet another piece, by a teacher, that argues “teaching is a gift, not a job.” I am a teacher. Both my parents were teachers. My mother-in-law was a teacher. And let me tell you, teaching is... Read more

Apology’s Worth It: How Canada Profits from Apology

Cathy Busby. We Are Sorry, detail; fabric panel, 610 cm x 1402 cm; Sorry (Stephen Harper), Sorry (Kevin Rudd), Sorry series inkjet prints, each 112 x 163 cm, Winnipeg Art Gallery, 2010 —— We live in an “Age of Apology“.... Read more

Nobody Cries at Bingo (Except Me)

Like anyone who does it with intent, I often find writing frustrating. And one of the things I find most frustrating, particularly when I’m working for long chunks of time, is the way in which my literary imagination folds in... Read more

“Memories and Songs”: The Work of Mourning in I Knew Two Métis Women

Gregory Scofield’s I Knew Two Métis Women mourns the loss of a mother and an aunt. The title itself, in its use of the past tense, alerts the reader to the book’s function as eulogy. The series of poems that follow... Read more

“Language, Family, Community, Ceremony”: Decolonizing the Literary Anthology

Taken from Castellano. “Ethics of Aboriginal Research” See below for a full size pdf. Compared to the Social Sciences, which contends more directly with human subjects, the humanities do not have a deep relationship with research ethics–as they are developed... Read more

Colonial Kettle Logic: Settler Colonialism as Wish Fulfillment

Image from Nice Claim Bro As Daniel Justice has pointed out, settlers have opinions. Many of those opinions are ill-informed, hateful, and, grounded in an ill-founded, but nonetheless unwavering certainty about Indigenous identity, rights & responsibilities, authenticity, and treaty. Settlers... Read more

Blue Marrow, White Page: Considering White Space in Indigenous Poetics

Almost halfway through the Coteau edition of Louise Bernice Halfe’s Blue Marrow, right before the narrator delves into her Métis history, the text is interrupted by a blank, white page (what would be page 66). At first, the page reads as... Read more