What if an Aboriginal mindset governed Canada?

  The Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada is coming to my city next month.  Next week its in neighbouring towns.  It’s making the rounds on Vancouver Island.  It’s on a long journey. Why is it here? In the Commission’s own words, For over 100 years in Canada, Aboriginal children were removed from their families […]

15 Ways to bridge the gap between cultures and communities in conflict

I shed tears this weekend.  They weren’t for me.  They were for others, and their stories, I heard, as a participant, along with 200+ others, in the first ever Truth and Reconciliation conference between Aboriginals and non-Aboriginals in Victoria.  The conference was titled Open Hearts, Clear Minds: A Road to Reconciliation, and took place at […]

The turtle: A symbol of creativity AND collaboration

  The turtle is a central figure in mythologies around the world; including the aboriginal traditions in the Pacific Northwest region of North America where I live.  I’ve used a turtle as a logo on this blog since day one. John Cleese on creativity and the turtle While I have my reasons for liking turtles […]

Lessons in community values and culture from the Canadian outposts

Communities that are isolated from the mainstream population often develop distinct, rich cultures, based on a firmly established set of values and practices.  There are many examples of these communities in Canada, from sea to sea to sea. Yet, a strong set of values is no guarantee that community or its culture will persist.  And […]

Historical UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples: Can implementation be far behind?

On September 13, 2007, the UN General Assembly adopted the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.  This universal human rights instrument is a symbol of hope for the world’s 370 million indigenous people.  It took 20 years of international negotiations to create this human rights instrument.  Yet, the fun has only begun!  […]