Urbane Adventurer

I’m passionate about cycling, urban design, Aboriginal issues, Metis history, and the environment.

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A note to tenured faculty*
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*and by tenured here, I mean the majority of the canadian professoriate, who, according to this 2012 article by Peter S. Li (shared with me by Dr. Malinda S. Smith), are overwhelmingly white. As Dr. Li demonstrates in his article, according to 2006 Canadian census data, 85% of the Canadian profes...
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trust
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I like living in tender proximity to others. I like the comfort of stews and sauces cooking in the apartments below. I like the warmth of a well-kept vestibule, coming in and knowing this little home is safe. I like room to breathe. I am not ambitious in affairs of the heart. I am grateful…...
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(in other lifetimes)
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(I can only trust they had their reasons for bending space time so we could meet, just once) I would have loved to host you in my little home. I would have taken out the good linen, the bedding that I rarely use for myself, and spread it with care over the mattress. Smoothed out… Read More
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enough
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enough
I imagine a kind of ceremony removed from human hubris (i know it is real I have seen it) I imagine a kind of ceremony where when you open your mouth to tell me the way your body scrapes against sea foam and water-caressed rock when you lift your eyes towards the sky and you… Read More
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Walrus Talks – March 7, 2017
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Talk I gave on Fish and Indigenous Law at the Walrus Talks National Tour: We Desire a Better Country, held on March 7, 2017 in Yellowknife.
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endurance (the long durée)
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endurance (the long durée)
Sometimes survival (or is it survivance, as Vizenor teaches us? I’m sometimes not sure if I’m just surviving or if I’m entangled in the urgencies beyond survival and manifesting my way firmly towards thriving) — sometimes survival looks like gently closing the door to your...
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Tending tenderness and disrupting the myth of academic rock stars
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In euro-american academia, the arts, media, politics, and literature we are enthralled, obsessed with two things: ‘innovation’ and individuality. The triumph of individual will to manifest something new new new trumps everything else. Granting agencies often focus on a single Principl...
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heart full to bursting
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heart full to bursting
Just when I thought I could not be cracked open any further, when I’d felt I’d swam the depths of the rivers in my veins, it hits me. I love. I love my family. I love my kin. I love the stories that animate us and weave us together. I love the adventures I’ve had.… Read More
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Untitled
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I tried to write something this evening, and as I laboured over the 613 words that I eked out about building academic community, I decided to abandon ship and start over. I want to sit with the sound of paddles dipping into cool lake water forever. I want to glide at the water’s surface and...
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From that unfeeling place (an ethnography of ongoing British colonialism)
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I wrote this piece at the invitation of Katarina Stenbeck to accompany an exhibit she curated in Copenhagen at the Kunsthal Charlottenborg (Slow Violence). I want to thank Katarina for reaching out to me to include my work in the show. —– In Métis legal-governance traditions, we draw ...
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