July 11th 1990 Canada invaded Kanien’kehá:ka land to force a golf course expansion. This singular event, which lasted 77 days, broke … Continue reading Anniversary: Oka Crisis
Why “Canadian Identity”[tm] has been so evasive. The desperate need for Settlers to define themselves is palpable. We ask people … Continue reading Settler Identity
Applying the healing principles on the larger scale. Healing from the inside out appears to be a more successful model … Continue reading How to Heal a Turtle
Asinabka, Outaouais/Ottawa,Québec/Ontario, Canada, Turtle Island
One of the questions that was hurled at me somewhere in the early 1990s had to do with the relationship between the Institutions of Canada (government, law, education, health care, trade, commerce, finance, etc.) and the First Peoples of Turtle Island. This was shortly after the Oka crisis, and I got to hear from the Kanien’kehá:ka (Mohawk) as well as from the children of RCMP officers who had been on site. Having heard both sides, I thought hmmmm. And promptly left the country for a few years. Continue reading “Sincerity and Conciliation”
How we perceive meaning isn’t always Black and White.
I like to think about things. Like this:
taijitsu, the yin-Yang symbol. Pretty simple. Pretty elegant. It’s widespread, but I don’t know how far afield it has travelled, and what people make of it. Continue reading “What’s in a Word?”