The Gift Economy

March 5, 2022 admin 0

ALLAN DAVID SMITH-REEVE – She wondered “How do we get from where we are to where we want to be?” We were having breakfast with a friend of Bedford House. Catching up and pondering the future. She’s planned for her retirement years and has a sense of economic security for her future.  She’s been led to now “invest” in her community instead of growing a bigger and bigger nest-egg for herself. Our friend has arranged […]

Youth, Hope and Shaelyn Wabegijig: an Interview

August 7, 2020 admin 0

CHERYL LYON – Her Anishinaabe name means “first morning light.” And Shaelyn Wabegijig is living into her name. A member of the Caribous Clan and originally from Timiskaming, now Rama First Nation, Shaelyn shines the light of her passion for indigenous knowledge on this local land. Sitting in the sacred space of the tipi on Trent’s grounds, she described to me how, in her graduate studies at Trent University, at her initiative, Philosophy courses included […]

Equity – A Fair Shake

January 9, 2020 admin 0

PETER CURRIER – Driving through India two years ago, my wife and I found ourselves among tens of millions of impoverished people. As we made our privileged way, I thought, “There, but for an accident of birth, go I.” We went by women as poised as queens, carrying baskets of cow pies on their heads for cooking fires. Wiry young men schlepped huge slabs of marble. The toil of survival was everywhere. From the cool […]

You Can Grow Food Anywhere

November 1, 2019 admin 0

CORINNE MINTZ – In my life I have had many gardens, in many varying circumstances and conditions.  I have carved out a small patch of earth for a garden by the side of the Pacific Ocean on Vancouver Island.  I have worked on organic herb and vegetable farms.  I have grown tomatoes and zucchinis in buckets on my balcony and driveway.  Let’s keep in mind I grew up as a city kid with little to […]