We supposedly live in a post-contact reality, but many non-Indigenous people have no contact with Indigenous people or community. Acknowledging the lack of relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people is one step in a much larger process of reconciliation, which requires us to address the roots of the problem. The…


A personal reflection on the writing prompt of the week

The need for reconciliation between Indigenous peoples and the colonial state has received more attention in Canada this year due to the discovery of the remains of hundreds of Indigenous children who died at residential schools and whose deaths were not recorded and graves left unmarked. Over a decade past…


a quick unedited response to the Write Here prompt of the week

The ability to make choices about my life, while recognizing my interdependence with and responsibility to others including my partner, family (people, pets, plants), friends, colleagues, students, future generations and the delicate balance of life on Earth.

Freedom…


The following prose poem was written as a stream of consciousness outlet at a few random points over the past year. Writing as catharsis and sharing as vulnerability.

Wild hare (Lepus Americanus)

Gushing

I went for a run this morning. I walked out the door and the sun was still rising pink in the…


Venn diagram oversimplifying reconciliation in education.

In the push for truth and reconciliation in our “Canadian,”* school systems, there is a focus on uplifting Indigenous culture, but not on questioning Eurocentrism or on uplifting non-Indigenous non-European cultures. The momentum around uplifting Indigenous culture and learners gained traction from the federal Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s 94 Calls…


A few years ago I decided to apply to be a volunteer mentor with a local youth serving organization. I wanted to gain experience in a structured, professional context, after having worked informally for years with youth in community settings and grassroots organizing. I was in school doing my Bachelor…


I tried to start a blog called never nowhere. The idea of the blog was about recognition of physical place, in a world/existence that is more and more decontextualized as it is increasingly globalized. At the time I was doing participatory research on “sharing space across difference,” investigating the time-geography…

Sylvanus Oliver

queer white settler, writing as acknowledgement and accountability, curiosity and questioning

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