Indigenous McCauley: A History and Contemporary Overview of First Nations and Métis Life in the McCauley Neighbourhood is a booklet supported by McCauley Revitalization/City of Edmonton that was printed and distributed this week. I worked on it for over a year as the Project Lead, Editor, and photographer, with the noted Métis writer Marilyn Dumont. Copies are free and will be available (at least on a semi-regular basis) at Zocalo, The Italian Centre, Sprucewood Library, and the Edmonton Interfaith Centre for Education and Action. You can also download a copy in PDF format here (it’s 16MB so it may take a while to download if you’re on a slow connection).
On March 10, E4C celebrated 20 years of its McCauley Apartments program. McCauley Apartments is affordable housing with a large number of tenants who have severe mental illness, but who contribute to the community in so many ways as volunteers.
Boyle McCauley News, the inner city community newspaper I edit, received an award of recognition as a community partner. I, Volunteer Coordinator Colleen Chapman, and Board Chair Gary Garrison also received individual recognitions. Here’s a photo of us all smiling and happy at the event!
It was another busy weekend, as the event Women March Forward happened on March 25. This was the official follow-up to the solidarity sister march on January 21, where over 4000 people came out to the Legislature to declare that women’s rights are human rights. We wanted to do a “human library” instead of an event of speeches, and bring out organizations that deal with various aspects of women’s concerns as identified in a survey we did following the march. We had two keynote speakers who co-presented on the topic of intersectionality. I did an interview with Global Television about the event. I also did an interview with Metro.
The next day I presented my film McCauley: A Caring Community – Conversations on Social Housing as part of an after-service program at McDougall United Church. I appreciated their kind words in their program.
As one of the organizers of the Women’s March on Washington – Edmonton Solidarity Event, I was invited to speak on “The Language of Resistance” at the Sociology Undergraduate Students’ Association Speakers Series on March 5, 2017. Here is a video of my talk, as well as my notes.
I’ve been an activist for over a decade (synopsis of how I got involved with #WMWYEG).
How I’ve seen and heard language change.
With the rise of the “alt-right,” language is more divisive, more vicious, and often misleading.
“Alt-right” is itself a misnomer, deceptive. “Alternative” can be seen as a good thing (alternative music or films).
What it really is: racism, xenophobia, Islamophobia, Anti-Semitism, hatred.
Has led to what we’ve seen in AB, threats against women who are politically active, either in office or who are prominent. An irony is that a motivation for me to get involved with #wmwyeg was because of women being threatened, to find myself the target of such threats in the days following the march.
We on the Left have shifted to greater inclusion. Used to talk about “gay” or “queer” community, now LGBTQ with more added.
Use of pronouns (asking what pronouns a person wants used, for eg.).
Making a conscious choice to have People of Colour involved (we wanted a short, but diverse program at #wmwyeg and we achieved that).
All About LOVE! The Language of resistance is the language of love.