By Tanya Talaga Staff Reporter Sat., Oct. 13, 2018 Twenty years ago, Mike Metatawabin went to Wunnumin Lake First Nation to act as a translator for the Elders coming inland from the James Bay coast to attend a summer meeting of Nishnawbe Aski Nation leadership . It was during this trip that Mike first met a Ralph Rowe survivor. The encounter altered the course of his life. He had been sitting in the community hall and remembers being overwhelmed by the odd, unsettling feeling that he needed to leave. The cold rain soaked through his shoes as he made his way to the modest cabin where he was staying. He hoped the wood stove would be on but the cabin was dark and chilly. He could feel someone’s eyes on him. A young man was sitting in the corner. A small leather hand drum was on the table in front of him. The noose was near. Mike took a seat and began to beat the drum. He told the young man of the pain he was holding after the sudden death of his infant … [Read more...] about When you grow up surrounded by suicide, it seems normal. How do you heal a ‘broken spirit’?
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By David P. Ball StarMetro Vancouver Thu., Aug. 9, 2018 VANCOUVER—Tu-ninq’ez. Cold, fresh water in the Tsilhqot’in language spoken on the remote reserves west of Williams Lake, B.C. On Xeni Gwet’in First Nation — the most remote of the six Tsilhqot’in member bands — tu-ninq’ez (pronounced “too-ning-KAWZ”) is at the cultural heart of their salmon-fishing, wild horse-coraling, hay-baling lifestyle. Despite that, the 252-resident community has been under a boil-water advisory for 17 years, which Ottawa originally announced in 2001 because of a high risk of sewage contamination, according to documents. Their two water systems have been deemed undrinkable for so long that most residents StarMetro met drink it anyway, explaining that generations of their people have always consumed their land’s water. “We’ve always drunk this from the tap,” Charlene Quilt said, as her mother Elsie … [Read more...] about A B.C. reserve has been 17 years without safe drinking water. Many don’t even have tap water
Fri., June 29, 2018 For Canada Day weekend, a diverse collection of new books to celebrate our earliest residents and our more recent arrivals. Luminous Ink: Writers on Writing in Canada, edited by Tessa McWatt, Rabindranath Maharaj, Dionne Brand The three editors, themselves drawn from the top ranks of Canadian writers, asked the 26 novelists, story writers, translators, playwrights and poets assembled in this collection for essays about “what it means to be ‘here’ as a writer in Canada, now, or how a writer abroad experiences the concept of being a Canadian, ‘there’.” What they got is a treasury of literary musings — thoughtful, wise, funny and always original. If you ever wanted to burrow into the minds of some of CanLit’s greatest living treasures, this is your chance. A keeper. Ayesha At Last, Uzma Jalaluddin Ayesha Shamsi, a thoroughly modern young Muslim (spoken-word poet, substitute teacher, purple hijab), is in no … [Read more...] about Canada Day reads celebrate literary diversity