Thomas King has created an intriguing book that will keep you on the edge of your seat. He combines wit and humour to tell a story that is part mythology, part legend, part mystery, but wholly spiritual and skillfully interweaves Native American and EuroAmerican literatures into this magical tale.
John Ralston Saul talks about Canada’s history and how Aboriginals helped to develop our country. In this startlingly original vision of Canada, thinker John Ralston Saul unveils 3 founding myths. Saul argues that the famous “peace, order, and good government” that supposedly defines Canada is a distortion of the country’s true nature. Every single document before the BNA Act, he points out, used the phrase “peace, welfare, and good government,” demonstrating that the well-being of its citizenry was paramount. He also argues that Canada is a Métis nation, heavily influenced and shaped by aboriginal ideas: egalitarianism, a proper balance between individual and group, and a penchant for negotiation over violence are all aboriginal values that Canada absorbed. Another obstacle to progress, Saul argues, is that Canada has an increasingly ineffective elite, a colonial non-intellectual business elite that doesn’t believe in Canada. It is critical that we recognize these aspects of the country in order to rethink its future.
Malala Yousafzai’s story is an incredible one, she was an outspoken advocate of education in Pakistan, and, after her assassination attempt, over 2 million people in Pakistan signed a Rights to Education petition. This petition helped to ratify Pakistan’s first Right to Education bill. She was not afraid to stand up for what she believed in. Go to her website HERE.
Watch the documentary made about her in 2009, when her school was shut down by the Taliban:
Nisa’s website, based on the book Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell, takes a look at modern day bullying. It is an engaging and comprehensive site that looks straight on at the problem.
Amy Sran has produced this timely essay on Native Canadian issues after reading the book, Indian Horse. She has delved into the murky Canadian past of attempted assimilation of the native people through any means deemed necessary by the Canadian government. The LINK IS HERE.