The busy week continues…

It’s been so busy I haven’t even had time to post!  (and I’m sick with a nasty nasty cold to boot!…)

We had a wonderful afternoon with Kathryn Kuitenbrouwer on Monday, and a return visit from the Sidra Project yesterday.

Today at lunch, please join us for a session with Ursula Krubnik from Women’s Habitat.

  • All are welcome to attend this most important session on ending Violence Against Women.
  • We will open by watching the first 6 minutes of the (1986) NFB documentary Silvie’s Story.
  • Sylvie’s Story was a production of the NFB’s Studio D, which existed for 22 glorious years, from 1974 – 1996, to provide a home to female Canadian filmmakers.
  • This short film recreates the experience of Sylvie, a battered woman who seeks shelter in a Montréal transition house. Faced with the threat of violence, loneliness, the lack of financial resources or information about services, the victim is often understandably reluctant to seek help. Emphasizing the importance for women of speaking out, the film also points out the role of the transition house in putting victims of abuse in touch with appropriate legal and social services. Sylvie’s Story is part of The Next Step, a 3-film series about the services needed by and available to battered women.

Then, tomorrow we host Teresa Toten all morning, and Eve Silver all afternoon.

  • There will be no access to the Library during class periods, except for those classes invited to the sessions.
  • The Library will be open before school, at lunchtime and after school…  but with very limited table seating on the lower level.


Library Access: Wed Nov 23rd

The Library and Social Sciences Department are hosting the SIDRA Project all day today.

  • This means that there is NO ACCESS to the lower level of the Library except for invited classes.
  • Access during the day – including lunch – is restricted to the upper level of the Library.
  • There will be NO ACCESS to the Library at all during last period.

ALSO… The Library will be CLOSED after school on account of ARTS Showcase.


Today’s writing prompt:

The doorbell rings. You check the alarm clock and notice it’s way too early for someone to be visiting. You crawl out of the warm bed and scuffle across the house to the front door. You crack it open and no one is there. Upon opening the door, you notice an unmarked package on the step. A strange scratching sound is coming from inside, so you decide to lift the lid and investigate. What do you find in the box, and who left this for you?

Learn more about – or sign up to participate in – NaNoWriMo here.

Remember to post your writing at the ESsays Creative Writing Blog.

  • Submissions accepted via e-mail to:



Aboriginal Education Month

Elijah Harper, Oji-Cree politician, consultant, policy analyst (born 3 March 1949 at Red Sucker Lake, MB; died 17 May 2013 in Ottawa, ON). Harper is best known for the role he played in scuttling the Meech Lake Accord, for which he was named the Canadian Press newsmaker of the year for 1990.  Read the rest of this article at The Canadian Encyclopedia online.

Interested in learning more?  The Toronto Public Library has an extensive collection of holdings relating to the the Canadian Constitution, and the Meech Lake Accord in particular.

If you’re really keen on Canadian Constitutional drama, take yourself to the Toronto Reference Library where you can access Jacques Godbout’s documentary film The Black Sheep.

  • One of Quebec’s foremost documentarians and authors, Jacques Godbout discusses the qualities that differentiate Quebec from the rest of the country, the demise of the Meech Lake Accord and the future of the “black sheep” of Confederation.

If that’s not enough for you, you can also take in the sequel, The Black Sheep – Ten Years On at the same time.  The sequel:

  • Captures a society in flux following the demise of the Meech Lake Accord, creating a mirror for those living in Quebec and a window for the rest of Canada. Jacques Godbout investigates the issues and the personalities of the critical times in Quebec’s history. In doing so, he reveals the qualities that differentiate Quebec from the rest of the country.




Aboriginal Education Month

This Remembrance Day we recognise Aboriginal Veterans.

National Aboriginal Day is celebrated each year on June 21, while Aboriginal Veterans Day is commemorated on November 8. Canadian Aboriginal Veterans have reason to be proud of their wartime contributions. More than 7,000 Aboriginal peoples served in the First and Second World Wars and the Korean War, and an unknown number of Inuit, Métis and non-status Indians also participated. One Aboriginal Veterans group estimates that 12,000 First Nations peoples served in the three wars.  (Veterans Affairs, Canada)

The contributions of Aboriginal Canadians to the war effort in WW1 is briliantly brought to life in Jospeh Boyden’s first novel, Three Day Road.

You might also be intersted in the NFB film Gene Boy Came HomeThis short documentary by celebrated filmmaker Alanis Obomsawin is a portrait of Eugene “Gene Boy” (pronounced Genie Boy) Benedict, from Odanak Indian Reserve (near Montreal, Quebec). At 17, he enlisted in the US Marines and was sent to the frontlines of the Vietnam War. This film is the account of his 2 years of service and his long journey back to Odanak afterwards.