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Getting Ready for the Fire

You knew this day would come. A blizzard, an industrial explosion, a faulty product or simply People Behaving Badly. The air circulation device has been befouled. How you deal with the mess will determine whether this crisis takes you to the mats or allows you to limp...

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Writer’s Block

Blink. Blink. Blink. The cursor mocks me, awaiting my first keystrokes to poke tentatively onto the blank white expanse of the computer screen. “Whatcha gonna write fella? Well? We’re burnin’ daylight here. Let’s see it!” I’ve done the research, conducted the...

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Writing, Indigenous Style

Gregory Younging, where have you been all my life? Younging is the author of Elements of Indigenous Style: A Guide for Writing by and About Indigenous Peoples, published earlier this year. It’s ostensibly the “first published guide to common issues of style and...

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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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