“Look to the Mountain” – Human Rights 2022

The Declaration of Human Right and Freedoms was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly on December 10, 1948 and enshrined the rights and freedoms of all human beings. It was to be the gold standard of social justice that countries of the world would acknowledge, sign and function in accordance with the principles.  Coming onContinue reading ““Look to the Mountain” – Human Rights 2022″

Inspiration of Robert Davidson

“The art became the vehicle for cultural knowledge to become part of us.” Robert Davidson (2007-2020 – personal conversations) I am not a grand fan of notifications that flip across my computer screen and distract me from the task at hand.  But sometimes, just sometimes, these notices are perfectly timed flashes of brilliance. A notice flashedContinue reading “Inspiration of Robert Davidson”

Take Me Outside Inspires

Take Me Outside is the brainchild of Colin Harris.  Born out of a childhood of happy, engaged outdoor experiences and inspired by our very own, Canadian icon, Terry Fox, the goal of Take Me Outside is to get school kids off screens and learning outside at school every day.  Colin catapulted Take Me Outside by running 7600 kilometers across Canada.  YouContinue reading “Take Me Outside Inspires”

Sunday’s Child Reflects- Belonging to a Place – Memoir

I didn’t really understand to the notion of “place” in our lives until I immersed myself in teachings from our First Nations people.  I think that’s what all good teachers do.  Set out to learn what they don’t know.  They immerse themselves in the things they are required to teach.  If the curriculum requires you to teach something, andContinue reading “Sunday’s Child Reflects- Belonging to a Place – Memoir”

Say My Name

The Twittersphere is rife with opinions about the Holocaust and Indian Residential Schools, largely with little reference to fact. I was recently reading the post of my Facebook friend, Kit Krieger. He has made a list of the names of his family members that did not survive the Holocaust. To state that 25 members ofContinue reading “Say My Name”

The Mystique of Winter Solstice

Winter Solstice.  Images of Druids at Stonehenge flick through the mind.   Women dancing under the moon.  Is the Winter Solstice a pagan ritual?  A celebration of New Age tribes?  Is it just the longest night of the year?  Simply a happy return to longer days for farmers and domesticated animals?  Or is it a day of darkness steeped with mystical significance orContinue reading “The Mystique of Winter Solstice”

The Indigenous Acknowledgement

Ten years ago, as a vice principal at Tecumseh, I first decided to do the Indigenous acknowledgment at our school assemblies.  Day 1, I called my friend, Latash, to ask two questions.  #1 – The correct pronunciation of Tsleil-Waututh, as I was fairly certain that I was butchering it badly.  Growing up in Vancouver, IContinue reading “The Indigenous Acknowledgement”

Keep Going for Equity and Justice

Creating a space where each member of a community not only feels welcome but valued and respected is a gargantuan challenge.  I have been welcomed into spaces where there are is an unwritten code, or set of expectations, that you must identify and comply with if you do not want to fall into disfavour andContinue reading “Keep Going for Equity and Justice”

A Pandemic Possibility of Courage and New Growth

My Apple watch buzzed on my wrist and I looked down.  Premier John Horgan announces kids back in school on June 1st.  Before I have a chance to react, my Apple watch buzzes again.  The breathe icon pops up on my watch reminding me.  In through your nose.  Out through your mouth.  If this pandemicContinue reading “A Pandemic Possibility of Courage and New Growth”

Indigenous Experience is Canadian History – Remember on Sept. 30th

Orange shirt day is officially marked on September 30 each year, as that was the time of year Indigenous children were historically taken from their homes to attend residential schools in Canada.  Orange shirt day is not a day about guilt for actions of other Canadians in days gone by.  It is about being part of aContinue reading “Indigenous Experience is Canadian History – Remember on Sept. 30th”