Why the facts behind Joseph Boyden’s fiction matter

Globe and Mail – Denise Balkissoon I learned the word “girmitya” from Sea of Poppies, the first novel in Amitav Ghosh’s fantastic trilogy about the Opium Wars. As the enslavement of Africans slowly ended, Britain turned to workers from Asia, and girmityas were...

The Guardian view on climate change: bad for the Arctic

The Guardian Warmer winters may seem good for Arctic animals. In fact they can be deadly  A Sami woman observes the movement of reindeer during selection and calf labelling near the village of Dikanaess in northern Sweden. Photograph: Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP/Getty...

Expand the Inquiry, but on whose terms?

âpihtawikosisân On December 7th, 2016, a coalition called Expand the Inquiry launched a petition asking that the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG) be widened to include Indigenous men and boys.[1] This coalition includes a...

Boyden saga: “Lynching” is not a buzz-word

Steffani Cameron Me, I’m fish-belly white. Let’s establish that right now. But I’ve also been interested in African American history for about 30 years, and I’ve been empathetic to their fight for rights in America since my father brought home a copy of The...