Wednesday, 11 October 2017

Fee Increase

HI Folks

For all new clients my fee is $135.00 regardless of relationship status. For current clients the increase will begin on January 1, 2018.

Wednesday, 4 October 2017

Social Responsibility

It is our social responsibility to carry Naloxone. To act in a crisis, to be equipped in helping others that need our help. We have a social responsibility to care about people affected by Fentanyl. Drug addicts, recreational users, parents of kids, the hipsters drinking out of mason jars, the woman who works at the bank....  it can be anyone. Maybe this is our "Big one" instead of the earthquake?

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Black Lives Matter.

Recently I tried to talk to some young Caucasian kids about why this is important.  I tried to explain to them that when someone says "all lives matter" it takes away from people of color and again moves the focus off the issue. I stressed that as a non-person of color we have a responsibility to put our privilege in check and to not take up space. Saying All lives matter takes up space. As parents it is our responsibility to talk about racism and hate. We need to expose our kids - our white kids - to what is happening in the news, so they can grow up supporting that Black Lives Matter. 

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

National Aboriginal Day

In honor of National Aboriginal Day:

I Know You're Sorry — Leonard Sumner


Trout Lake Aboriginal Day
All is not forgotten
When someone is forgiven
Words I say to soften up The hardness that I'm livin'

I hate to say indifference
Is becoming my religion
But I haven't learned to pray
In ways to satisfy tradition

When I think about identity
I think about my language
And how my folks were taught
It would be to my advantage
To learn a foreign tongue
They could not foresee the damage

Damn shame when it happens
you don't — see it til it passes
So where's all the support
For Anishinaabemowin classes?

Assimilation tactics
left no room for us to practice.
And I really wish I could adjust.
I really wish I could have just
Listened with my heart and not my ego

I was fragile
Conditioned by the world to think my culture wasn't passed down
But I learned the generosity
It's in my genealogy
So fuck all the bureaucracy
And keep all your apologies

I know you're sorry but...
You're more lost than me
Your land's across the Ocean
and I'm right where I should be.

I reckon this damn nation
Will force reconciliation
Down the throats of our survivors
And the people it's displacing

I know you're sorry.

And now you call on me
To fix the broken hearts
Created by your policies

These are the things that I think I know
I am but a leaf on a tree that grows
With roots in the ground,
Like a seed that's sown
In the dirt of the earth
Is where I was born
And it's where I will return
When this journey ends
And I've earned what I have learned

So tell me to get over it
I'm so fuckin' over it
Steal everything in sight
And teach me 'bout -private ownership
Bleach everything you like
And preach me 'bout pride of ownership
Leech my inherent rights
And tell me that I never owned this shit

As generations pass
You'll act as if you never noticed it
While there's kids committing suicide
As a way out of the hopelessness

I know you're sorry.

You say you're not to blame.
Fill your heart to brim with guilt
But not an ounce of shame.
Break branches off our family trees
And tell us times have changed

But the focus of this genocide
At root remains intact,
So instead of killing Indian kids
Why don't we kill this Indian Act.

Tuesday, 30 May 2017

Ramadan Moon

There is a beautiful new book out called Ramadan Moon by Na'ima B Robert and Shirin Adl. The illustrations are soft and colorful and the words lovingly inviting. If you would like to increase your understanding of Ramadam, the month of fasting, and encourage children to embrace diversity this is a perfect place to start. 

Wednesday, 3 May 2017

The person is political. We have a responsibility to vote. This is your fundamental responsibility. Show up. If not now, when?

Thursday, 20 April 2017

Stopping patriarchal seeds from growing.

The website Everyday Feminism has a fantastic cartoon on how children's agency is ignored and how this perpetuates rape culture.

Check it out!