Week 5 discusses what will go down in history as the most barbaric, brutal, devastating, inhuman, immoral, malevolent, iniquitous, malignant, dishonourable*, degenerate, atrocious, abhorrent (I looked up synonyms for “evil”) time in Canada’s history. *Not only were the actions dishonourable towards Indigenous cultures, but also towards the British empire, Canadian government, Roman Catholic Church, Church […]

It’s interesting how the first Europeans had no problem with recognizing and honouring the Indigenous ceremonies, laws, and practices. What happened to that friendship and respect? How did it turn from one of acceptance of each other’s cultures to what it became? The British Crown in its Royal Proclamation of 1763 clearly, and legally, laid […]

If you don’t understand about treaties, you’re not alone. Those that signed them on behalf of the British Crown and the Canadian government didn’t understand what the treaties truly represented either. The Mi’kmaq have the right word to describe treaties – Angugamwe’i – which means “adding to our relations.” For the Mi’kmaq, signing a treaty […]

It’s surprising to think that globalization is not a new concept at all. It began in the 1500’s when Europe decided to exert its political control over foreign land that had the ability to provide wealth. This action, that of dominating foreign land for one’s own purposes, is colonization, and it didn’t begin here in […]

I have recently joined a MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) offered by the University of Alberta through Coursera to become better informed about the Canadian Indigenous histories and the issues resulting from the colonization practices. Since the course only has 12 lessons, it cannot cover all aspects of Indigenous history and the effects of colonization. […]

#ReleaseBahai7 NOT ANOTHER YEAR of missing graduations, weddings, and births! Today’s blog will honour Mahvash Sabet and Fariba Kamalabadi, the two women arrested in 2008 for simply being, nothing more and nothing less, members of the Baha’i Faith. Mahvash Sabet was born on 4 February 1953 in Ardestan. She began her professional career as a teacher and […]

Nine years ago, seven innocent men and women were rounded up by Iranian authorities and thrown into the infamous Evin prison solely because of their religious beliefs. The seven were the ad hoc, appointed leaders of the Iranian Baha’i community, which has undergone severe persecution since the 1979 Iranian Revolution. Over the last 38 years, […]

This year marks the 9th anniversary that 7 leaders of the Baha’i Faith have been imprisoned by the Iranian government for one reason only. Not because these 7 leaders are trying to overthrow the government (Baha’is are forbidden by our religious texts to do this). Not because these 7 leaders did anything illegal (Baha’is are […]

One of the benefits of participating in a close, collaborative group involved in learning is the wealth of knowledge that is shared. Shared learning is often the result of using the jigsaw technique, an instructional technique developed by Elliot Aronson and his colleagues in the 1970s (American Psychological Association (APA), 2003). Although the purpose of this […]

As the first two courses in my MALAT program at Royal Roads come to a close and I look back over the past two months, I am amazed at the individuals that came together to form the cohort of which I’m a part. What each individual has given me to take away is astounding. Unfortunately, […]