Intro to Post-Colonial & Aboriginal Studies

Vocabulary for the unit to know for end-of-unit test:

Know basic details of the major landmark documents of Aboriginal-Governmental relations (we will study these further in class):

Finally, some enlightening videos!

HIV: If there’s a will… from VideoNexus Productions on Vimeo.

First Nations Films – THE MEDICINE WHEEL – trailer from First Nations Films on Vimeo.


Gender Studies: A Few Resources

1.  This Feminist Current blog piece spells out the current realities of  the 2014 federal legislation (Protection of Communities and Exploited Persons Act),  how it’s not being enforced, and what REED and our allies are helping some neighbours to do about it.

2.  A readable resource for ongoing thinking re: prostitution/trafficking would be this terrific Globe & Mail series:

3.  REED’s website, which is undergoing a rewrite/update, has great resources on these pages:

human trafficking:



4. Sexiness, Social Media, and Teenage Girls: Note To Self Podcast

5. The Books Being Feminist, Being Christian (Allyson Jule & Bettina Tate Pedersen) and Jesus Feminist (Sarah Bessey) are fantastic, peer-edited works with excellent scholarship.

6.  Finally, as you seemed very engaged by issue of patriarchy and specifically biblical teaching on leadership/”headship” in marriage, I forward you Christians for Biblical Equality International’s biblical statement.  It’s a bit heavy, perhaps not for some.  Could be nice for parents or other school staff to see such a biblically-thoughtful resource.  CBE Int’l is a beautiful organization, in the words of Mary-Lee Bouma, one of our guest speakers.

Here’s a short, easy-to-read piece on the same topic:

Role Reversal, The Catcall, and Authentic Value

After watching The Mask You Live In, our conversation in our talking circle was moved forward by three questions:

  1. What are you learning?
  2. What are you feeling?
  3. Where do we go from here?

One participant suggested that we look at some gender role-reversals. Thanks Buzzfeed and Cosmopolitan for providing the fodder. (And thanks, Cosmo franchise, for being a massively hypocritical publishing conglomerate)

I found this one interesting… what are your thoughts?