I wanted to share a few photos I took today during Tofino’s Climate Strike. For those of you who don’t know, Tofino is located on Tla-o-qui-aht First Nations territory on the west coast of Vancouver Island. It’s where my retro fishing boat, the iDigher, is moored.
Tofino was the first municipality on Vancouver Island that I noticed was attempting to ban single-use plastics such as shopping bags and straws. In 1993, the town was an instrumental ally of Tla-o-qui-aht and Ahousaht First Nations during the War in the Woods (where 900 people were arrested). Since then, Tofino has been a firm opponent of the Trans Mountain Pipeline expansion and its proposed increase in tanker traffic.
One could say that Tofino has a long history of social activism and acknowledgment of Indigenous rights, so I was curious to see what kind of turnout there would be today.
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Tagged Battle in the Woods, Clayoquot, climate change, climate strike, Elder Levi Martin, hishuk'ish tsawalk, Nuu-chah-nulth, Terry Dorward, Tla-o-qui-aht, Tlaoquiaht, Tofino, Trans Mountain Pipeline, youth
I enrolled at Vancouver Island University during the summer of 2014.
I’d been diagnosed with chemotherapy-caused nerve damage – something I still deal with to this day. I was being medically released from the military and had been offered two years of postsecondary education as part of a payout package.
My disabilities from the nerve damage include sensory pain, digestive issues, fatigue, and cognitive challenges, including slower memory recovery and occasional slurred speech. I feel hung over every morning. My vision can become blurry and it can be difficult to concentrate. As fate would have it, I was also diagnosed with PTSD. Continue reading
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Tagged awards, campus, Creative Writing, dean's list, degree, directed study, disability, electives, field school, First Nations, internship, Nanaimo, SFU, Snuneymuxw, submission package, term paper, UBC, UVic, Vancouver Island University, VIU, workshopping
This Spring, I was asked to mentor a grade eight student who was attending the Waldorf School in Duncan. For those unfamiliar with the Waldorf system of education, it values imagination and creativity, but in a practical way. Since its creation in 1919, the Waldorf model has become a highly valued education system used around the world.
Savannah Heard was preparing a presentation on the paranormal. Continue reading
The Beau Dick: Revolutionary Spirit book review I wrote was published in the 2019 issue of Portal magazine. Even though Beau Dick passed away in 2017, he’s still someone I look up to and admire, both as a visionary artist and as an activist. I’m proud my piece was chosen because it allows me to tell more people about him while critiquing the book.
Two of my photographs were also accepted into the magazine. Continue reading
“Shanon Sinn – The Haunting of Vancouver Island” was released by Some Other Sphere podcast on February 27th. In this episode, I was interviewed by Rick Palmer about The Haunting of Vancouver Island and our region’s ghost stories.
Because it’s a United Kingdom podcast, I found Rick’s choice of which stories to focus on interesting. We talked about First Nations spirituality, Vancouver Island’s sense of place, made comparisons to European folklore, and much more.
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Tagged First Nations, ghost stories, interview, podcast, Rick Palmer, Scotland, Shanon Sinn, Some Other Sphere, tarot, The Gotobed Diaries, The Haunting of Vancouver Island