Summary of October 24th’s Proceedings

SUmmary of the Peel Court Case for October 24th, 2014.

The Peel Watershed Legal Case

The Peel court case reconvened for a fifth and final day today at the behest of Justice Veale.  The judge brought the plaintiffs and defendants back together at the Yukon Law Courts to delve deeper into the issue of remedies for the Peel trial. As in July, both the main court room and the additional room where the hearing was being live-streamed were packed.

The judge opened the trial with a statement that today’s hearing was not a settlement hearing, as some media outlets had implied, but a remedies hearing.

Thomas Berger, on behalf of the plaintiffs, led off the proceedings.  Despite suffering from bronchitis he assured Justice Veale that his voice could hold out for the half day of proceedings.  He laid out the remedy sought by the plaintiffs: a remittance of the Peel land use planning process back to the stage where the Yukon Government ran it off…

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Garbage Baggage

I wasn’t going to major in Native Studies.

I just wasn’t going to.

When I came to university, I had decided that I was going to earn a “legitimate” major: economics, political science, anything but Native Studies.  I wasn’t going to major in Native Studies because I didn’t want to be that Native kid.

I came to university with four garbage bags of luggage: two were my clothes and bedding and the two others were my internalized racism and shame.

I struggled so much in my first semester of university.  I felt disconnected from my classmates who seemed to know way more than I did in these topics.  I felt disconnected from home and I desperately clung to any I could that made me feel less away and more at home where I was.  I failed two courses my first semester: French and Economics.  I struggled to grasp and understand the topics…

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