This is a podcast about ‘reconciliation’ in Canada. We’re thinking about reconciliation in quotation marks because we want to critically analyze the narratives, power dynamics, potential pitfalls, practices, and consequences unfolding around us.
Safe space. Brave space. Positive space. I’m wondering: what is an ethical space? Would an ethical space be synonymous with a safe space? Why or why not? Willie Ermine proposes that the “idea of an ethical space, produced by contrasting perspectives of the world…triggers a dialogue that begins to set the parameters for an agreement …
Living in Canada is a privilege I enjoy by birthright, and which only exists as a privilege for me to the exclusion of others. How does this fact not squarely contradict my belief that all humans are equal? The more I think about it, the more the concepts of citizenship and borders seem to be …
Whose rights, bodies, and property are legally protected by the chivalrous class toting ’ladies first’ as a slogan? What hides subjugation as well as moralistic self-confidence? When do you decide to ignore the language and look at the structure instead?
The paradox here seems to be that ‘Nothing About Us Without Us’ is absolutely critical and equal parts exploitative.
Why does determining our personal actions toward reparation seem like such a hazy and convoluted dilemma for so many of us present day settlers?
We should not think of ‘anti-oppression work’ and ‘everyday work’ as distinct activities: nothing changes in the ‘everyday systems’ that do the oppressing until these activities merge into one.
Innocent until proven guilty. This is the foundational presumption of our justice system. This is the normative, intentional bias we have structurally embedded in our conception of justice to protect the wrongly accused. It is central to our legal definition of human rights itself. But presumed innocence has a inherent side effect. It structurally imposes …
How do the courts decide when one person’s human rights seem to violate or compete another person’s human rights?
A panel discussion unpacking the concept of ‘structural violence.’
I will not measure or quantify the meaningfulness of my existence by the scale of its global influence.
Do identity politics have what it takes to transform the institutions and structures of a society?
How you define ‘exploitation’ depends, at least in part, on your parameters for defining ‘autonomy’ and ‘coercion.’
We cannot talk about the prejudice of individuals without talking about the institutions of their society.
We see the world through the lens of our infrastructure