..in a return to beginnings, I’ve gone back to some moments in my life that proved significant and poignant for me. One of those periods was a return home after time spent in childhood foster care… Continue reading
There was an article in 1998 that warned young reporters were getting their careers turned around by getting too involved with their stories, sometimes even making up details. I know it seems like a simple case of common sense to just not … Continue reading
Posted in All-Time Top Ten, Inspiration, Life, Life & Death, Reporting, Storytelling, Tribute, Writing
Tagged Mishkeegogamang First Nation, Newspaper, Nick Hirst, Pickle Lake, reporting, second chances
Close your eyes and imagine a fire fighter, then a police officer. Next, imagine Santa Claus. Take in what you see. Imagine, Jesus. Yep, we all saw that same one, didn’t we? Long blondish-medium brown locks and blue eyes? Why … Continue reading
It’s all so simple really, what’s at the bottom of the fight over changing the name of the Washington Redskin’s football team. The real deal point that hits home the hardest about the debate is the word racist. Not racism; … Continue reading
Posted in Aboriginal Peoples, All-Time Top Ten, Indigenous, Indigenous Peoples, Life, NFL, Washington Redskins
Tagged Change the Mascot Org, Native Americans, NFL, Racism, Racist, Washinton Redskins
We should be impressed with how many people are well versed in Native American culture and history. It’s been amazing and enlightening to see all kinds of average citizens report and comment so expertly on First Nations and Aboriginal issues lately. Of course, this post isn’t really about how much is known about Native Americans as much as how deplorably inadequate our education about the cultures still are.
The story that has caused all this questionable commentary was the news that the U.S. Patent office revoked the name trademark for football team, the Washington Redskins. Continue reading
Posted in Aboriginal Peoples, All-Time Top Ten, Indigenous, Indigenous Peoples, Native Americans, Racism, WPLongform
Tagged Aboriginal Peoples, First Nations, Native Americans, NFL, Racism, Washington Redskins
Alright, my mother isn’t, and wasn’t ever, a nun. She grew up wanting to be one, but life has a way of trading dreams on people, and I was the first trade-off. Her life wasn’t anywhere close to a serene … Continue reading
Posted in Achievements, All-Time Top Ten, family, Inspiration, Life, Non-Fiction, Storytelling, Uncategorized, Writing Challenges
Tagged achievements, creative non-fiction, Dreams, life, love, The 270
I came across a Huffington post about a woman who posted pictures of herself on her Facebook wall that caused a collapse in her social circle. The headline said “When Beth Posted These Images on Facebook, 103 People Unfriended Her”. … Continue reading
Posted in All-Time Top Ten, Body Image, Life, Scars, Uncategorized
Tagged Beth Whaanga, body image, Fear, healing, naked, scars, self esteem, Under the Red Dress, vulnerabilities
Sometimes old memories float up in need of a little light… A soul’s whisper to let it go.
I was 14 years old. My mother and I were living in an apartment on the 14th floor of a basic downtown high-rise. We were there because that’s where she was when I ran away from the last foster home I’d intended to live in.
I threatened to run away and never be found again if they made me go back to that home. The Department of Social Services, and my unprepared mother, gave in.
My mother had been struggling with escape from an abusive marriage, alcoholism, and no way to fully support her daughters. That’s how we ended up in foster care just after Christmas that year… Continue reading
The bagpipes were playing and the Red Serge of two RCMP officers were present when we arrived for the service.
Hundreds of us gathered to say goodbye for now to Dejah; our hearts heavy as we looked at each other knowing this made it more real. It was time to acknowledge that one of our babies had moved on. Continue reading
Posted in All-Time Top Ten, Cancer, Celebrations of Life, Childhood Cancer, Life, Life & Death, Tribute
Tagged Cancer, Celebrations of Life, Childhood cancer, Dejah, Dejah Milne, Eagle Ridge, Gloria Milne
As Remembrance Day approaches, I am reminded of how profoundly I was moved by the Remembrance Day assembly at my son’s school last year. I found it particularly poignant for two reasons.
What I found initially striking was that the ceremony was presided over by all women, something I’d never seen before. Continue reading
Posted in Aboriginal Peoples, All-Time Top Ten, family, First Nations, Heroes, Remembrance Day, Storytelling, Uncategorized, Veterans
Tagged Cree, First Nations, Native Americans, Native Military Forces, Remembrance Day