Deepening the Discussion: Gender and Sexual Diversity

Deepening the Discussion: Gender and Sexual Diversity is an article released by the Saskatchewan Government that outlines the importance of sexual diversity in Saskatchewan, and how important it is to accept it in our province. It begins by saying that discrimination based on sexuality is illegal in Saskatchewan and that individuals of different orientations, whether it …

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Reclaiming Indigenous Voice and Vision: Jagged Worldviews Colliding

In the article Reclaiming Indigenous Voice and Vision, Leroy Little Bear talks about how and why Eurocentric and Indigenous views collide. An easy way he summarized the two belief systems is that Indigenous views are more fluid--they have to do with the self and how the self can help others--whereas Eurocentric views are static and structured, …

Oh, Canada: bridges and barriers to inclusion in Canadian schools

Laura Sokal and Jennifer Katz highlight how important inclusion in schools is in the article Oh Canada: bridges and barriers to inclusion in Canadian schools. In 1985 Canada became the first country to "include the rights of persons with physical and mental disabilities in its Charter of Rights and Freedoms" (Council of Canadians with Disabilities, …

TV Bullies: How “Glee” and anti-bullying programs miss the mark

In the article TV Bullies: How Glee and anti-bullying programs miss the mark, the author Gerald Walton outlines just how the "bullying" showcased on the popular television series Glee, and subsequently how LGBTQ students can deal with it, is misguided. Kurt Hummel, an openly gay character on the show, is harassed throughout the series. Of course, highlighting just …

Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack: Second Reading Response

Acknowledging one’s privilege is an important step in understanding how deep racism in our society runs. Peggy McIntosh herself acknowledges her white privilege in White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack, noting that most experiences she has in her daily life are not universal to people of colour. McIntosh gives a brief introduction before listing how …

Shattering the Silence: A Reading Response

Shattering the Silence: The Hidden History of Indian Residential Schools in Saskatchewan by Shuana Niessen uses an interesting perspective to illustrate the injustices faced by the First Nations people of Saskatchewan. Niessen cleverly inserts the reader into the reading by using a second person point of view. The reading starts by introducing the reader to what the …