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The “ick” factor

What is it about the word “moist” that makes some people squirm? A recent post from our Saskatoon Public Library introduced me to a new word: logomisia. Derived from the Greek words for “word” and “hate,” it describes a person’s aversion to a word because it feels...

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Big Scary Numbers

I was walking with a friend some years ago and we got to talking about fitness and various body dimensions. As with most Canadians my age, I gave these in Imperial: six foot two, 215 pounds. Then I remembered he’d grown up in Europe, so I translated: a metre 88, 96...

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Take Your Seat and Raise the Bar

Many years ago, a respected colleague of mine gave me some challenging advice. “As an Indigenous woman, if you want to be a part of real change, you’ve got to use your voice. Get on boards and committees, show up, say what you’ll do and do what you say.” I took this...

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Relationships Are a Road to Success

Playing in the space of relationships and reconciliation is hard, but easy. It takes time and trust, but it is the surest road to success. Early in my career, I worked with Gary Merasty, who last week stepped down as CEO of Des Nedhe Development. Gary challenged me to...

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Am I making myself clear?

Have you ever heard the expression, “he speaks fluent bureaucratese?” Perhaps you know the version that uses another “b” word (which we shall leave to the reader’s imagination). No matter the version you know – or can state in polite company – it’s not a compliment....

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Indigenous Contributions

Another Assembly of First Nations Annual General Assembly (AFN AGA) has come and gone, this one being held in Regina, in Treaty 4 territory. Mini rant here: (Will be a longer blog piece, so just putting this marker down.) The opening and welcoming remarks from the...

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Get in the ‘gram!

Millennials are tech-savvy, visually fixated, trust their online word-of-mouth networks – and they use Instagram. Trying to connect with them? Then so should you. How do you earn Insta-game? Use stunning photography and witty captions. Use hashtags, but not too many....

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Telling Our Story – Our Way

I spoke with a trusted friend who noted that truth and reconciliation go hand in hand. But, he pointed out, who is telling our truth? This is why inclusion matters – especially in the media. The news of five new Indigenous radio stations being launched across Canada...

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Tongue Tied

Umm…what should I call you? As a non-Indigenous writer, I’ve been clinging to “Indigenous” as my safe word – and I make sure to capitalize it. I was reassured last year when I heard a representative of the newly renamed Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations give...

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