Having driven for 3 days, through mountain passes and prismatic autumn forests, sleeping in the beloved adventure van, and then boarding the Northern Expedition for a 7 hour cruise across the Hecate Strait, I’ve finally arrived in the place that has dominated my consciousness for the last year and a half. Anyone who knows me … More A Long-Awaited Return to Haida Gwaii
As I hope you’ve all heard by now – and just a few days after Canada Water Week – in 2012, the Harper government removed substantial protections on our bodies of water. This issue has come up again in the past month, as companies like Nestlé and those operating in the Albertan oil Sands challenge the … More The End of Canada.
These damn Indians don’t pay taxes, they keep taking all of our money and land, and they still moan that they have nothing. I don’t see what they get to complain about. They lost the war, and it’s about time they learn to adapt. * * * I am … More A White Girl’s Understanding of ‘Aboriginal Affairs’
Wise words in an unsuspecting place.
I’ve become completely fascinated with Xaat Kíl. This is the traditional language of the Haida people, whose territories stretch from the islands of Haida Gwaii up the coast to Alaska. In this moment, there are fewer than fifty fluent speakers remaining, and none of them are younger than seventy. Saving this language is not easy. It’s an … More Kil Ḵaayd
The weather has been so good to us!
Welcome back! It’s been an intense few weeks. I actually had to go back and recount my last post, just to figure out how to begin. Our five courses are arranged in blocks, with one class studied intensively at a time. This first block is now, suddenly, coming to its close. I can say, confidently, … More One Fifth.
Simply spectacular. The weather has been so kind to us so far!
I was worried I wouldn’t be able to get this post up for a few days – but I’m already learning to make time here for what is important. If you’re reading this, you’re important in my life, so thank you! My take-off at the Victoria airport was a little hectic on Thursday morning. Heavily … More Arrival.