I've always been acutely aware of the colour of my skin - save for a few childhood trips to India, where I "blended in". Even then, I was contemplating my identity as a Canadian Indian kid and I knew that I still had not found my place of belonging. As a child, I can remember … Continue reading Towards an Inclusive Edmonton: How can we go about having a meaningful and productive conversation about racism?
Last week, I had the privilege to do a talk at the Winter Cities Shake-Up. The conference brought together innovative thinkers from all over the world to discuss ways in which we can make the most out of winter. I thoroughly enjoyed the conference and felt that it validated a lot of my feelings around … Continue reading Winter, Mental Health and Urban Design: Social connection and Public Spaces
Last Sunday, I witnessed something magical. It was perhaps the most "Edmonton" experience I've had since moving to this city in 2012. In October, I was tweeting back and forth with a (then) stranger about having a snowball fight. I had recently watched the Human Scale documentary, in which they showed a spontaneous snowball fight … Continue reading yegsnowfight: We made something, Edmonton.
This past Saturday, I had the opportunity to introduce Dr. Gabor Maté. Dr. Maté was in Edmonton to speak as part of the Edmonton Public Library’s Forward Thinking Speaker Series. As I had mentioned in my opening speech, I was a little star struck. In my world, Dr. Maté is a bit of a rockstar … Continue reading Combating a Toxic Culture in Edmonton: Some Thoughts on Dr. Gabor Mate’s Wisdom
I was planning on posting to my blog on a monthly basis, but before I knew it the summer flew by. Between attending weddings, prepping for teaching the fall semester at MacEwan, and working on a few Make Something Edmonton projects I’ve been involved with, it’s proven to be a little difficult to sit down and … Continue reading Pop-up Bike Lanes, Poverty, and Progress
What is community? Merriam Webster defines community as : a group of people who live in the same area (such as a city, town, or neighborhood) : a group of people who have the same interests, religion, race, etc. : a group of nations As you can see, the definition isn't particularly clear. I’ve been … Continue reading What is community?
Why Edmonton? That’s a question that lead to the development of Make Something Edmonton – an initiative that I am proud to be a part of as a member of the Activation Board. I plan on sharing my reflections on participating in this amazing movement here on my blog. Why Edmonton? I’ve pondered that question … Continue reading Why Edmonton?