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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

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

Night of the Notables Reflection

The Night of the Notables began the moment I walked through Gleneagle’s front entry way at 8:15 am, laden with learning center supplies. My learning center was much more simple than last year, but also more effective. Here’s a couple of pictures, courtesy of the TALONS flickr. As for memories…well, there will certainly be a lot of them. Starting at lunch, there were some unforgettable moments. I will never be.. Read More

Inter-grade Interviews

This year’s interviews were definitely a different experience than last year. This year, I felt a bit unprepared for this whole “Grade Ten” eminent experience. I decided it would be best to talk to an alumni who had been through this to point me in the right direction. Luckily, the spectacular Sam Robinson was able to help me out. Her advice proved to be priceless and saved me a lot.. Read More

Final Speech Draft (Document of Learning)

So, as many of the tens know by now, the speech you present is constantly shifting and evolving up until the moment you finally present it onstage. After three days of memorization, and slight changes, and adding parts because “it felt right”, I ended up presenting a slightly different version of my last Eminent Person speech in TALONS onstage last night. Okay. Close your eyes and imagine you’re sitting in.. Read More

Eminent Speech Draft #2

So this is my speech so far. It’s  notably less than the free-write earlier, but it is still a bit too long. I’d like to cut out about a third of it by Monday, so comments and feedback are lovely!   They’re coming for me. The FBI’s “Wanted” posters read “Angela Davis”, but sometimes it’s another black woman, unrelated to me except for our common oppressor. And what does this.. Read More

Eminent Speech Draft #1

Foreword: The first thing I did for my speech was pretty much a free-write. The free-write is below. I will be posting my speech draft #2, which will actually have a semblance of organization, in a different blog post. The transitions are in bold because I had already decided where I wanted to start and end, so those are parts that won’t change much. You’ll be able to tell that.. Read More

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