Category Archives: racial

The Blue Shirt

Last school year, when I was marching myself to the coliseum every day, talking myself from 12th street to 13th, 13th to 14th in the -50C snowbanks of the town I lived in, my daughter was sitting at home. She was … Continue reading

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Native Studies as a Human Bomb Factory

This is going to be an angry post. During my recent ordeal, a very telling thing happened. The head of Native Studies openly bragged to the Dean that I was not an isolated case. They do the kind of ambushing of white … Continue reading

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Colonialism turned Cree & Ojibwe cultures towards mobbing

Thinking about “mobbing” and “bullying,” one of the things that strikes me right in the face is how often I’ve seen my aboriginal students mobbed. Not bullied – that seems to be fairly rare. Mobbed. Mobbed out of their families. … Continue reading

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“Bullying” vs. “Mobbing” : abuses of “Strength” vs. abuses of “Power”

So, it’s very popular these days to run “anti-bullying” campaigns around schools and campuses, and to enact legislation to curb it. However, the more I consider these discussions, the less I think people understand what “bullying” is, what it does … Continue reading

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What “Racism” is, and why being a Semanticist helps.

Preamble: What is a Cat? A long time ago, some people who study language meaning asked a very simple question: What is a “cat”? You think you know what the answer to that question is. You think it’s obvious. But … Continue reading

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Some important things to remember about Language

I’ve been hearing a lot of talk lately, from aboriginal people who are unfortunate enough to be cornered on CBC, about the Connection to the Land that aboriginal people have, etc. This is in the context of land rights and … Continue reading

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What I learned from the class I taught at PENT

I just finished up teaching a class in the PENT program at Brandon. (Program for the Education of Native Teachers.) It’s a great program that brings students down from the far north and gets them into intensive courses for their … Continue reading

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