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    Apr 22, 2016 7:57 pm | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    Interesting: For the past 3-4 years the Ogimaa Mikana Project has been replacing official street signs and historical plaques in the city of Toronto with Anishinaabe versions. We are slowly reclaiming our territories from an alien landscape committed to erasing us while contributing to the growing Indigenous cultural, political and linguistic revitalization efforts across Turtle Island. In the space between raising up our nations and languages and reminding non-Indigenous people that they are on Indian land, we hope to create dialogue.** http://ogimaamikana.tumblr.com/
    Apr 21, 2016 9:24 pm | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    I've been thinking of this since I attended a conference in Washington recently. The defence that people often use when it comes to historical figures-- that they were just products of their time-- and thus somehow should be given a free pass, or that judging past events/actions/policies, is somehow just presentism- is so misleading because it implies that no one, then, in that time, was denouncing such acts/events/laws/policies; for example, slavery, Indian Residential Schools, or other genocidal policies, and the like... The reality is many were... It would be like saying, in our time, we all supported incarceration and other cruel manners of punishment for drug offences, non-violent crimes, poverty/homelessness, when, in fact, many in our time ARE quite opposed to such barbaric punishments and practices. Well, just a few thoughts... P,S. On a related point, even if historical people/actions are given the benefit of the doubt, and we see them with the best of intentions, as a community, why would we want to participate in the ongoing perpetuation of such harm, if we now know with the clarity that time provides that such acts are/were indeed harmful?
    Apr 21, 2016 4:35 pm | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    Apr 15, 2016 8:04 pm | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    "Neoliberalism sees competition as the defining characteristic of human relations. It redefines citizens as consumers, whose democratic choices are best exercised by buying and selling, a process that rewards merit and punishes inefficiency. It maintains that “the market” delivers benefits that could never be achieved by planning. Attempts to limit competition are treated as inimical to liberty. Tax and regulation should be minimised, public services should be privatised. The organisation of labour and collective bargaining by trade unions are portrayed as market distortions that impede the formation of a natural hierarchy of winners and losers. Inequality is recast as virtuous: a reward for utility and a generator of wealth, which trickles down to enrich everyone. Efforts to create a more equal society are both counterproductive and morally corrosive. The market ensures that everyone gets what they deserve. We internalise and reproduce its creeds. The rich persuade themselves that they acquired their wealth through merit, ignoring the advantages – such as education, inheritance and class – that may have helped to secure it. The poor begin to blame themselves for their failures, even when they can do little to change their circumstances."
    Apr 15, 2016 10:58 am | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    Apr 15, 2016 7:20 am | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    The audio is worth the time... Keep in mind, I spoke by virtue of accrued privilege, but others in our community have been working on this for years before me and have been my teacher. The credit for any positive change that results is theirs and theirs alone.
    Apr 12, 2016 4:16 pm | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    Apr 12, 2016 9:56 am | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    Apr 05, 2016 9:16 am | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    Apr 04, 2016 11:09 pm | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    Apr 04, 2016 4:29 pm | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    "Let’s memorialize Nicholas Flood Davin’s full history, good and bad, but never forget that it was he who wrote the report that became the blueprint for the Indian residential schools, which we now officially recognize as cultural genocide. As a community, let’s try to see why it is wrong to have a school named after a person who claimed, in an official manner and in policy, that some who go to that school could never amount to much; in our schools, there can simply be no place or tolerance for such discriminatory beliefs or policies."
    Apr 04, 2016 3:14 pm | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    FORTUNATE 500 WORLD UNIVERSITY RANKINGS METHODOLOGY The most accurate way to ensure our measurements are fair and unbiased is to apply randomization. The fully randomized scientific experiment has been held up as the holy grail of scientific experimentation. And at Fortunate 500, we like to think we’ve found several holy grails (we have a Doctor of Indianan Jones studies on our staff). So all our results are fully randomized, our real skill is in justifying them afterward. We don’t just randomize our results we’ve made a science of randomization some of our techniques include: Tortoise racing; we write the names of our institutions on the back of tortoises and race them. But with the exponential growth in some institutions we are running out of tortoises. Binary Growth Observation or BINGO. We “borrowed” a BINGO machine from a local day center. We then wrote the names of academic institutions on the balls, first out of the machine is the best, last is the worst. Numerical algorithm generator, this is an app one of our interns had on their smartphone. Enter any words and it sorts it out into a random number ranking when you press the button. It’s as scientifically valid as any other system. Studies demonstrate that luck is one of the most robust predictors of academic reputation and learning outcomes. The rating represents the first break-through study in the precise measurement of luck. The level of luck which is highly correlated with the listing of a university in one of the four most well-known ratings. http://www.fortunate500universities.com/
    Apr 01, 2016 1:33 pm | Saskatchewan, Wascana

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