First Nations join pipeline protest in B.C. amid more arrests

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An apology for the ship that I was in command of

Oriental N Current Situation


An apology for the ship that I was in command of

(for the Captain of the ship that will be involved in the first spill of diluted bitumen off the coast of British Columbia)


of disrupting their lives 

wreaking havoc on it that

I hope that their lives have achieved some


When 11 million gallons

or maybe a lot more

spilled in the Prince William Sound

my dad said that it didn’t really matter

because in the second world war they

they spilled oil every day

so I looked it up on the anniversary


6 billion or maybe only

one and a half billion



my seventh grade teacher told me that I couldn’t count to a million

but I’ve proved him wrong

over and over


my grandfather would tell me stories of

oil slicks the U-boats left when they died

or when they just wanted you to think that they were dead

and of more oil slicks alive with fire and dying men


some sort of normalcy now

I mean, that’s all I can say


I can’t offer any more


But an Aframax tanker can only clear the Lions’ Gate Bridge

at low tide during the daytime

and they carry three quarters of a million barrels

a barrel is 42 gallons

and that makes an obscene amount

of something that we can not clean

that we can not


this little boy watched a barnacle feeding on the tiny plankton

brought to it by the waves and the tide in its pool


I’m pretty much old news

once in a while someone will make the connection, there’s my name

but the change visually

you know, it’s 25 years

people forget


They renamed her the a lot of things, before she ran into something else

and the scrap merchants traded her

until someone with a nineteenth-century sensibility

renamed her Oriental Nicety

before they beached her on the Gujarat coast


Thirty one and a half million gallons



you don’t want to see anything suffer like that

just terrible

there is no other way to describe it


through no fault to their own they were impacted

Fighting for history: Uncovering the truth of residential schools

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Native children in Residential School. Native children in Residential School.

A report from the front lines of the search for “truth” in Truth and Reconciliation, and a look at the people trying to make history accessible to aboriginals and non-aboriginals alike.

WINNIPEG—There are two sacred boxes in the offices of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

One is a bentwood box sculpted from a single piece of cedar by an indigenous artist. Its panels are adorned with the mournful carved faces representing First Nations and Métis who suffered through the residential schools era, when government-sanctioned institutions systemically tried to eradicate indigenous culture, tore apart families and operated havens for child abuse.

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Dear Rex: Colonialism exists, and you’re it.

This is a stunning treatment.

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Dear Rex Murphy,

When you write that Canadians are offended at the term ‘settler’ and ‘genocide,’ you don’t speak for all of us.  I’m a Canadian citizen, my ancestors came to Canada from Europe a few centuries ago, and I understand myself as a settler.  It’s not disrespectful for indigenous peoples to remind us of Canada’s legacy of genocide.  It’s not rude for indigenous peoples to label as ‘colonial’ the connections between the industries of resource extraction, the RCMP, and the corporate media you write for.  What’s insulting is your attempt to paint Canada as benevolent, open, and respectful of indigenous peoples, and your contempt for any understanding of present-day colonialism and oppression in Canada.

rex-murphy-picI’m not an expert on colonialism, but clearly neither are you.  In reading your vitriolic editorial, it struck me that you clearly hate the term ‘settler’ and ‘colonialism’; however, your writing also indicates that you…

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