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Another small cautious step toward reconciliation

Today, the Senate of Canada in a vote of 61-10, approved a bill C-15 to implement UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP). It’s been a long time coming. The UN declaration, endorsed by Canada in 2010, affirms the rights of Indigenous Peoples to self-determination and to their language, culture and traditional lands. […]

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Settlement small step in reconciliation

A settlement of $10,000 in a class-action law suit involving hundreds of people left out of residential school compensation is to be paid by the Canadian Federal Government to each “day scholar” who attended residential schools during the day and returning home each night. The Federal Government is also providing a $50 million into a […]

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215 lost souls

Emotions overwhelm me as I grapple with the horrendous news of the undocumented remains of 215 Indigenous children as young as three years of age at a former residential school in Kamloops, BC on the traditional lands of the Secwépemc. The Kamloops school, once the largest in Canada’s Indian Residential School system, was operated by the Catholic […]

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Under constant Surveillance

Video Doorbell Yikes! Reading The Guardian’s article “Amazon’s Ring is the largest civilian surveillance network the US has ever seen” by Lauren Bridges, solidified my long standing suspicion that we are increasingly under surveillance and that law enforcement agencies will be able to use personal video recordings without warrants. It comes on the heels of […]

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Why Am I So Tired?!

In these weeks? Months? Years? Of Covid isolation and prairie winter blues, tech has kept me *working* *connected* *distracted* *comforted*. It has been my solid constant through all the pandemic feels! With this, I’ve noticed some serious shifts in my relationship to technology, both in how I use it and how I talk about it […]

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algorithmic culture: music streaming and privacy

Article: New Spotify Patent Involves Monitoring Users’ Speech to Recommend Music “The [Spotify] patent outlines potential uses of technology that involves the extraction of “intonation, stress, rhythm, and the likes of units of speech” from the user’s voice. The tech could also use speech recognition to identify metadata points such as emotional state, gender, age, […]

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On Covid, Privacy, and the Internet: Reflections from a gen z/millennial

Just last week I came across Greg Ferenstein’s Medium article about the “Birth and Death of Privacy.” In it, Ferenstein notes that privacy, as it is generally understood today, is a relatively new concept and the desire to keep certain aspects of our lives with ourselves or those very close to us is a desire […]

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Family Zooms and COVID Holidays

Oh what a year it’s been with COVID-19 raging around the world and in our communities. We’ve been responding and pivoting to the ever changing demands of trying to stay safe for months now. For many of us over the holidays, this has meant keeping to ourselves separate from family members and friends we usually […]

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Find Family Blog Lines on Facebook!

We’ve recently set up a Facebook page for Ta[l]king Care: Family Blog Lines. Like the page for updates and notifications about new blog posts and info about the upcoming, M/I/K collection! Whether you loathe Facebook (or the folks behind it all), find it a useful platform to keep connected with those you love, or spend […]

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mini-matrix: controlling and surveilling kids’ online activity

Internet safety and your kids – Kayte Thomas Kayte Thomas explores setting boundaries with her kids surrounding their internet use and presence online in blog post, Internet safety and your kids (linked above). Perhaps specific to the times to the generation I was born in, I learned about ‘stranger danger’ on the internet at the […]