Quill & Quire Praises In This Together Anthology!

A selection of personal essays by indigenous and non-indigenous writers, In This Together: Fifteen Stories of Truth and Reconciliation is a call for meaningful reconciliation between colonizers and indigenous people. Edited by author and historian Danielle Metcalfe-Chenail, the anthology looks beyond government lip service and into the heart of Canada’s shameful past—and present. The theme of lossContinue reading “Quill & Quire Praises In This Together Anthology!”

Search is on for Edmonton’s Fourth Historian Laureate!

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 orContinue reading “Search is on for Edmonton’s Fourth Historian Laureate!”

In This Together set to be published by Brindle & Glass in 2016

Brindle & Glass Publishing will publish In This Together: Fifteen True Stories of Real Reconciliation, a collection of reflective magazine-style essays edited by Danielle Metcalfe-Chenail. Metcalfe-Chenail commissioned non-fiction pieces written by Indigenous and non-Indigenous individuals from across Canada. The contributors are journalists, writers, academics, visual artists, filmmakers, a city planner, and a lawyer; they carefully consider their own experiencesContinue reading “In This Together set to be published by Brindle & Glass in 2016”

Who We Are: YEG’s Latin American Community

I was lucky to steal a few moments with Ana Laura Pachulo at her home this weekend to discuss the Latin American community in Edmonton. You can hear my column – and parts of my chat with her – this Wednesday at 4:40pm on CBC Radio Active. The column will be uploaded to SoundCloud shortlyContinue reading “Who We Are: YEG’s Latin American Community”

Camsell Hospital: Summer Updates

I appreciate how much support and interest there has been in Edmonton and across the province around this research. In the wake of the release of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Executive Summary, I think many of us are looking in our own backyards for opportunities to bring reconciliation home. #MyReconciliationIncludes what Justice Murray SinclairContinue reading “Camsell Hospital: Summer Updates”

Who We Are: YEG’s Pan-African Community

For this week’s CBC Radio Active column, I headed to the University of Alberta to interview Peter Midgley. Peter is the Senior Editor at the University of Alberta Press and the author of a recent memoir, Counting Teeth: A Namibian Story and the upcoming book of poetry based on this material. He has also written orContinue reading “Who We Are: YEG’s Pan-African Community”

This Week’s CBC Column: YEG’s Muslim Community

This week my summer column returns to its normal time slot at 4:40pm on Wednesday. I will be speaking to the long Muslim history in Edmonton with help from social entrepreneur and heritage project leader, Omar Yaqub. If you can’t catch the column then, or you’d like to listen to past editions, please click hereContinue reading “This Week’s CBC Column: YEG’s Muslim Community”

Opening Hearts and Starting Conversations

For the past six weeks, I’ve been working with other members of RISEdmonton (Reconciliation in Solidarity Edmonton) to make this heart garden happen. The group’s founder, Miranda Jimmy, was inspired to do this project by the one being installed during the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s closing events in Ottawa, as well as ones that wereContinue reading “Opening Hearts and Starting Conversations”

Speaking to Edmonton’s Canadian Club this week

On Wednesday I will speak to the local chapter of the Canadian Club, at the beautiful Chateau Lacombe hotel, following in the footsteps of many luminaries and dignitaries!  I will trace a “Century of Flying in the Canadian North” through a narrative that explores the hope and heartbreak of aviation North of 60. Looking forward toContinue reading “Speaking to Edmonton’s Canadian Club this week”