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Thursday, April 30, 2015

Raise Funds for a documentary called "The Sixties Scoop: A Hidden Generation" by Colleen Cardinal (Hele)

Colleen Cardinal (Hele) and her son Sage Cree  are making a documentary called The Sixties Scoop: A Hidden Generation with the help of Skylarc Pictures and featuring other Indigenous adoptees Elaine Kicknosway, Duane Morriseau-Beck, Neal Shannacappo and Dr. Raven Sinclair along with interview from many other adoptees they meet along their journey.

They are asking you to share this with your networks, friends and family to raise awareness but also to make their journey possible.

Here is synopsis of the film:
"Colleen Cardinal and her son Sage Cree are raising funds to travel with us from Ottawa to Edmonton, with stops along the way in Sault Ste. Marie, Winnipeg, Regina and Saskatoon. Each location is critical to telling their family’s story, and also the story of an estimated 20,000 other Indigenous individuals who were forcibly removed from their families as children and adopted into non-Indigenous families from the late 1950’s to early 1980’s. Because the majority of forced adoptions occurred in the 1960’s, this period is now known as the Sixties Scoop."

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Colleen Cardinal (Hele)

Friday, April 24, 2015

Book Review: SPIKED by Steven Barwin

Review: SPIKED: You've got to stay in to play
By: Christine Smith (McFarlane)

Sometimes it takes a hard lesson to learn who your real friends are. Emma is an eighth grader who finds out that she can either be popular or a jock but never both.

Emma used to be into sports in a big way but after becoming friends with two other girls in her class- Hailey and Claire, she puts sports aside because her friends like clothes, make up and boys and think its YUCKY to be involved in sports and sweat from playing.

But after an incident that gets Emma roped into volunteering for the girl’s volleyball team, she begins to feel pressure to play again, not only because she is the tallest girl in her class, but because her coach believes she can be a real asset to the team.

Discord between her friends happens when they find out that she has turned into a jock. Her friend Hailey becomes a huge bully towards her, and tries to set her up in the theft of Emma’s coach’s gym bag.  There is also a bit of bullying on the volleyball team on the part of the volleyball team captain because she believes that Emma doesn’t really want to be there, and she needs everyone to be a team player and work together for the team.

In the end, Emma learns that it is important to be herself and not only go after what she wants, but to not be afraid of changing. She gains new friends on the volleyball team and she regains her friendship with Claire after they both realize that Hailey is a bad influence on both of them.

Spiked is a part of the Lorimer Sports Stories Series, and is for readers age 10-13. It is published by James Lorimer & Company Ltd. Publishers and is 117 pages long.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Call for Submissions- Briarpatch Magazine

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Briarpatch is seeking submissions for our September/October issue. We are looking for feature articles, provocative essays, investigative reportage, interviews, profiles, reviews, humour, and photography rooted in an anti-colonial and anti-capitalist analysis. If you’ve got a story in mind, Briarpatch wants to hear your pitch!

Queries on any and all topics are welcome but we would like to highlight interest in:
  • visions of the future
  • youth un/employment | youth mental health | youth radicalism
  • racialized policing in Canada
  • critical perspectives on the politics of the guaranteed basic income and/or the welfare state
Queries are due May 8, 2015. If your query is accepted, first drafts will be due by June 10. Your query should outline what ground your contribution will cover, list the interviews you plan to do, give an estimated word count, and indicate your relevant experience or background in writing about the issue. If you would like insight into how to write a successful query, there is an example with explanations here. If you haven’t written for Briarpatch before, please provide a brief writing sample.

Please review Briarpatch's submission guidelines before sending your query to editor AT briarpatchmagazine DOT com.
Our standard rates of pay are as follows:
  • $50 – Profiles, short essays, parting shots (generally <1000 li="" words="">
  • $100 – Feature stories, photo essays
  • $150 – Research-based articles and investigative reportage (generally 1500-2500 words)
Briarpatch reserves the right to edit your work (with your active involvement) and cannot guarantee publication.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Book Review: Rabbit Ears By Maggie DeVries


Book Review-Rabbit Ears
Written By: Maggie DeVries
Reviewed By: Christine Smith (McFarlane)

Rabbit Ears is a young adult novel inspired by the true story of one of Vancouver’s Missing women. It is told through the eyes of two young girls who are not only struggling to come into their own after losing their father but are also learning to deal with the loss, grief and change that comes with living in a one parent home.

Kaya, a 13-year-old girl carries a painful secret, a secret her older sister Beth believes involves a mysterious neighbourhood older man Mr. Grimbsy, who later kills himself. The secret Kaya holds inside is never really told, but the reader is left guessing.

The story is narrated between the two sisters Beth and Kaya. You can’t help but feel empathy for these two girls as you follow their distinctively different paths in how they deal with the things that come their way. Beth goes back in time to when her grade four teacher taught her magic card tricks and tries to master the tricks he has taught her a few years later, and turns to food for comfort.
Thrust into more responsibility around the house, Beth has to deal with her younger sister’s constant running away, and how her mom deals with all of it. She is made to grow up faster than she has to because her younger sister who is fighting her own demons decides that running away is one of the answers to dealing with the pain she feels inside.

Typical of a thirteen-year-old girl, Kaya doesn’t understand the impact she is making on her family by the decisions she is making and the reader feels the pain of her decisions on the rest of her family.

Kaya also turns to shoplifting, gets sent to juvenile detention, and gets into drugs and prostitution. It is while spending time on the Downtown Eastside, she is made to witness things no thirteen year old girl should encounter-her best friend being injected with drugs, encounters with older men who don’t care how old you are as long as you make them some money, and a sex worker Sarah, addicted to heroin who tries to save Kaya from herself and keep her safe from a terrifying new threat to the women on the streets. In the end, Sarah, goes missing herself.

Rabbit Ears is published by Harper Trophy Canada and is 222 pages. ISBN: 978-1-44341-662-7 and retails for $14.99.