When renowned CBC radio host Shelagh Rogers and Chief Justice Murray Sinclair offered to record a candid conversation on Gabriola Island (British Columbia) last year for the In This Together anthology, I’ll be the first to admit I had a major fangirl moment.
I have been a fan of Ms. Rogers’ since I became an avid listener of The Next Chapter, and even more so when I learned she was an ‘honoured witness’ for the TRC. Chief Justice Sinclair is someone I have come to look up to immensely through his work as chair of the TRC. Both are role models for their humanity, generosity, humility, and commitment to figuring out the history and legacy of colonialism in our country.
As any writer, journalist, anthropologist, or other professional who spends a lot of time (and finger cramps) transcribing knows, that work is often considered a chore. But when the audio of this conversation arrived in my inbox, I was thrilled to be the one who got to listen to it and to try and faithfully transcribe their words and meaning. I’ll admit that I got chills many times and had to stop at least once to find a tissue.
We included that transcribed conversation at the back of the book, but I’m excited to share the original audio with you through the magic of the Internet. I hope you enjoy listening to it as much as I did when I first plugged my earbuds in to put their voices down on the page.
The past couple of months have been beyond hectic with amazing, challenging projects and a slightly chaotic move south of the border. Now my Southwestern Houston, TX house and family are slightly organized and I realize it’s time to take stock and catch up on things!
A quick round-up of links and news!
- In This Together: Fifteen Stories of Truth and Reconciliation (Brindle & Glass) is at the printers and folks are already starting to talk about it! Michael Hingston of the Edmonton Journal and the people at 49th Shelf both mentioned it as one of their most anticipated books of 2016. Launch events are on the horizon across Canada and I can’t wait to connect with contributors and readers in person! First up: evening of March 30 at the downtown Edmonton Public Library. Stay tuned for details…
- My Charles Camsell Hospital research continues apace despite the distance between me and YEG. The internet, local assistants and several boxes of photocopies and scans help!
- Canada’s History just published a double review of Polar Winds and Canadian Women in the Sky by Liz Muir (I wrote the foreword!). Love how books just keep living.
Hope all of y’all are doing well and if you have any hot writing or history tips about Houston or Texas, please pass them along to this new transplant!
Wonderful news from Canada’s Aviation Hall of Fame. Fred Carmichael from Inuvik, NWT will be recognized for his incredible achievements and contributions. I am so happy I was able to help honour him by nominating this amazing aviator! After interviewing him in 2010 and writing about him in Polar Winds, I knew he deserved it. Congrats, Fred, Kathy, and all the rest!
Canada’s Aviation Hall of Fame (CAHF) will induct four new members, and recognize a Belt of Orion recipient, at its 43rd annual gala dinner and ceremony, to be held Thursday June 9, 2016, at the Canada Aviation and Space Museum, at Rockcliffe Airport in Ottawa.
The new members are:
- Frederick James Carmichael: northern Canada aviation entrepreneur
- Kathleen Carol Fox: Flight Instructor; Transportation Safety Board of Canada Chairwoman
- William Ross Lennox: RCAF pilot; Chief Test Pilot P&WC
- Beverley Strahan Shenstone: aerodynamicist; aeronautical engineer
- Royal Canadian Naval Air Branch (1945-1968) – Belt of Orion Award for Excellence
CAHF inductees are selected for their contributions to Canada’s development through their integral roles in the nation’s aviation history. This year’s inductees will join the ranks of the 220 esteemed men and women inducted since the Hall’s formation in 1973.
Tom Appleton, CAHF chairman of the board of directors, said, “The CAHF is proud to honour these four well-deserving individuals for their significant contributions to Canadian aviation, and to Canada’s development as a nation.
“Our 2016 inductees come from backgrounds that span the width of Canada’s unique aviation industry. Aviation has brought Canadians together as a country, unlike any other form of transport. Our new inductees reflect that cohesion through their pioneering activities and spirit.”
I realized I have 12 copies of Polar Winds and 24 copies of For the Love of Flying hanging around in my basement, ready for a new home. I don’t feel like boxing them up and moving them down to Texas, so I am offering signed and personalized copies to you for $30, shipping and taxes included (in Canada. Please contact me for US and International rates)! I may throw in some extra treats as well, because I like playing Santa.
If you’d like them to arrive before Christmas, contact me by 9am MST on Friday, December 11!
My two-year term as YEG’s third Historian Laureate winds up in late March 2016 and so it’s time to find someone new to fill the role. The Edmonton Historical Board and Edmonton Heritage Council co-manage the position and they’ve issued the call for nominations (self-nominations are acceptable too). Deadline is December 16th!
If you or someone you know are a resident of Edmonton, passionate about history and heritage, and have been involved in a committed and considerable way – check it out! It’s an honorarium-based position and there’s a ton of flexibility to add it to your existing life/career.
Feel free to ask me any questions about the role by leaving a comment below, sending me a tweet at @danicanuck, a note on Facebook, or a message through the contact form on this website.