Indigenous McCauley Booklet

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).

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Recognition from E4C

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!

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Women March Forward & Film Screening

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.

The Language of Resistance

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.