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In-Depth 2015: The Aftermath

The title makes it sound like In-depth was a disaster, but it was actually really great this year! Although I had a math test two days later, so that’s kind of aftermath I guess… Anyhow, I promised in my last post that I would put up my artist statement and some of the editing that went into it, so this post will tell you a bit more about that and.. Read More

B2: Empowering Aboriginals

Guess what happened on Friday? A small step forward, but yet another example of how the Aboriginal people are still dealing with the effects of the colonization of Canada, namely the treaty processes, reserves, and residential schools. Although we will never fully understand PLO B2, “evaluate the impact of interactions between the Aboriginal peoples and European settlers and explorers in Canada”, because it is still going on today, we are.. Read More

In Depth Post #7: The Creation of the Planets

So, on Monday night, I created Mercury, Venus, Earth and Mars. I think in the Bible, it took 6 days or so to create the Earth, but I made 4 planets, and it only took me about an hour.Of course, my planets are about the size of large buttons. In this post, I’ll be talking about how emotions and diversions affect my conversations and progress with my mentor. Especially in.. Read More

Document of Learning: Halfway through SS10

So far in socials, we’ve done our Eminent Person study, a Canadian Confederation role play, and a bit about Canada and current events on the side. Many of these projects used web tools such as blogging, tweeting, Google charts, etc., so I wanted to do something online and graphic for my Midterm! Lacking the time to create a collage (and lacking photo-editing software I wanted to use), which was my.. Read More

99 years of Wisdom in 99 seconds

 “Show respect to all people, but grovel to none.” A quote from the times when I still walked the earth. Recent events have left me dizzy – not from the fast-paced changes we are going through, but from constantly rolling in my grave. In this year of the confederation of Canada, I am now 54 years dead. If I still lived, I would be 99 years old – older than.. Read More

Spirit Log

It’s strange how much my world has changed, just as I thought I had left it behind. The telegraph has come to Canada. It’s a little machine the taps out clicks and clacks, and men listen to these clicks and clacks, and translate them into words, like how we translate bird calls and tracks into information. They have long wires that stretch across so much land – more than you.. Read More

Pan-Aboriginal Confederation, anyone?

As the years have passed, I have seen the aboriginal condition only worsen. We do not have the rights that the white men enjoy, nor the power to bargain for any sort of deal. The treaties continue to sell our land, without regard for the people and where they will hunt and live. The white people invade our land even where there are no treaties, and force us out of.. Read More

New areas to explore – In Depth week 10

So, for most of Spring Break I was in Cuba, with the school music department. The cool thing about Cuba is that, because of the US embargo, they are forced to re-use or maintain a lot of their old technology and materials; for example, the Cuban cars. In Cuba, each family has one car that may have been passed down for generations. The car bodies are from the mid 1900s,.. Read More

Shots fired….Tecumseh’s dying thoughts

It is a chill morning. Fall has its grip upon the land, and turns the trees the colours of the carrots and corn ready for the last harvest. But I have never been a farmer. My trade is the spear, soft footsteps, and sudden war cries. My brother would have told me, the duty of the warrior is to protect his people; but as of late, my people are scattered and.. Read More

The center of the solar system…. In-depth #6

Edward de Bono’s Six Thinking Hats White hat = information Red hat = feelings and intuition Black hat = critical thinking Yellow hat = values and benefits Green hat = new ideas/alternatives Blue hat = organizes other hats; moderator In the last two weeks of in-depth, I’ve had the chance to further develop my two main art pieces: the jellyfish and the space junk mobile. I’ve had a lot of.. Read More

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