To paraphrase an Indigenous faculty member, “If I walked in and decided I wanted to teach physics, they would laugh me out of the office. So why is it that this university is allowing someone to teach Indigenous content without the proper qualification?"
In January, a student union at my university decided to throw a "Hawaiian night" theme party. When a few students, including myself, raised the concern that it was culturally appropriative (not to mention stereotypical and inaccurate), the backlash was fierce. In response, I (with input from friends) wrote this piece for The Sheaf, the University of Saskatchewan… Continue reading More than a “Night of Harmless Fun”: Hawaiian-Themed Parties and Cultural Appropriation as Genocide
"When Canadian society says we’re sick that’s like a psychopathic killer complaining to someone he’s tried to strangle repeatedly that she should do something about the marks on her neck and see a psychiatrist about her recurrent nightmares and low self-esteem.” - Richard Bull Last term, I confided in a professor that I was struggling with… Continue reading Good Philosophers Don’t Have Anxiety Attacks: on mental health, race, and belonging in the classroom