Get To Know...
Let's get to know award-winning journalist, author, conservationist and bookseller Ian Gill.
Ian is a founding partner of Salmon Nation and former president of Ecotrust. He worked as a writer and broadcaster for CBC Television, where he won numerous awards for his documentary reporting. He lives on an island in the unceded territory of the Nuu-Chah-Nulth people on the west coast of British Columbia; and occasionally in Vancouver, where he is co-founder of the independent bookstore Upstart & Crow.
Let's learn more about Ian, watch him answer 10 quick questions.
I wish I lived closer. I would love to visit Ian's VERY cool bookstore Upstart & Crow on Granville Island, Vancouver, British Columbia.
For the curious readers, Ian recommends Peace and Good Order: The Case For Indigenous Justice in Canada by the late Harold R. Johnson as a book all Canadians should read.
All That We Say Is Ours
Haida Gwaii, the ancient territory of the Haida people, is a West Coast archipelago famous for its wild beauty and rich species diversity. But that natural bounty, since European contact, has also been a magnet for industry. In the mid-1970s, the Haida rallied with environmentalists to end the logging of their monumental old-growth forests—and to reassert their title and rights to their homeland.
In 2004, the Haida laid claim to their entire traditional territory: the land, seabed and waters of Haida Gwaii. It was an audacious move, and one that set a benchmark for indigenous rights around the world.
In All That We Say Is Ours: Guujaaw and the Reawakening of the Haida Nation, Ian Gill tells this incredible story of political and cultural renaissances from the early days to the present. The many setbacks, amazing victories and landmark legal decisions.
Watch Ian discuss how Guujaaw—artist, orator, strategist and four-term president of the Council of the Haida Nation and Haida Gwaii inspires him.
All That We Say Is Ours: Guujaaw and the Reawakening of the Haida Nation is published by Douglas & McIntyre.
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Let's get to know...
Today’s mission is to get to know tradeswoman, artist, writer, teacher and queerishly two-spirited Métis, Lorrie Potvin. Lorrie is the author of Horses In The Sand.
Lorrie Potvin holds an Inter-Provincial Red Seal in Auto Body Repair and Refinishing from Algonquin College and a diploma in Technological Education from the Faculty of Education, Queen’s University, with additional qualifications in Manufacturing and Special Education.
A citizen of the Métis Nation of Ontario, Lorrie lives at a lake north of Kingston in the area served by the High Land Waters Métis Council. She's lived there for 30 years, building her home and creating art made of stone, wood, hide and steel.
To learn more about Lorrie watch her answer 10 quick questions.
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The Story Behind Horses in the Sand
Horses In The Sand is sequel to First Gear: A Motorcycle Memoir. It is a collection of stories that document a queer women's journey from sparce beginnings as a child to becoming a tradeswoman, teacher and artist.
Don't miss Lorrie discuss the trade industry for women, her identity and coming to terms with tough family dynamics.
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