Posts filed under “Reality Check”

There is No Cure in Gilead: Truth and Consequences in Canada

(composed at the finale of the Truth and Reconciliation performance, Vancouver, September 22, 2013) The gang raping and torture of the little brown boys and girls stopped for one evening, and for that evening alone. Remarkably, the lean and anemic children were given a regular meal, and a change of clothes, and even a bath. [...]

Paying the Rent, and the Cost: A United Church Primer

It may be the Devil, or it may be the Lord, but you gotta serve somebody … – Negro spiritual He was all things to all people, naturally, being a successful clergyman. Perhaps that’s why I disliked him from the start. But there was something particularly wrong about Jim Sinclair that words can’t describe: a [...]

Elder, Elder, Who’s got the Elder?

Our original elders were all wiped out by the smallpox wars. They died first, and with them, all of our real traditions. What survives today from our old ways? I’ll tell you: nothing. - Siem Maquinna, Earl George of the Ahousahts, to the author, Port Alberni, May 1995 All of the data indicates that nations at [...]

What’s Buried Next Door to Vancouver Island University?

Crimes against Humanity in our own Backyard are Finally Surfacing I was held in the Nanaimo Indian Hospital when I was a child, for seven years. I was used like a guinea pig in experiments. Lots of Indian kids died in there. – Joan Morris, Songhees Nation, at a lecture at Malaspina College (VIU) in [...]