FRANK HOPPER The city of Tacoma, Washington, now sits on what was once Puyallup tribal land. Many little villages of wooden longhouses once sat by streams and rivers. Food and shelter for the Puyallup came from the land, as did their identity and sense of being. They were bound to their environment through song, story, art, and ritual. The Puyallup knew nothing of homelessness. Strong … Continue reading Smoked Salmon for Amelia: A Native Perspective on Homelessness
BY LEILA HAWKINS Selma James, author of “Our Time Is Now: Sex, Race, Class, and Caring for People and Planet”PHOTO COURTESY OF CROSSROADS AV COLLECTIVE When I arrive at Crossroads Women’s Centre in North London to interview Selma James, she is in a meeting for Support Not Separation, a campaign to end the unfair separation of children from their birth mothers by British courts. It is one … Continue reading 60 Years of Intersectional Feminism: An Interview with Selma James
BY PETER COLE f Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. still lived, he’d probably tell people to join unions. King understood that racial equality was inextricably linked to economics. He asked, “What good does it do to be able to eat at a lunch counter if you can’t buy a hamburger?” Those disadvantages have persisted. Today, for instance, the wealth of the average White family is more … Continue reading Martin Luther King Jr., Labor Activist
Anne E. Kleffner, University of Calgary and Mary Kelly, Wilfrid Laurier University https://narrations.ad-auris.com/widget/the-conversation-canada/insurance-isn-t-enough–governments-need-to-do-better-on-natural-disaster-resilience The massive floods in British Columbia in November 2021 demonstrated the devastation that natural disasters can cause in Canada. Prior to 2010, it was rare for annual insured losses from natural disasters in Canada to exceed $1 billion, but now insured losses of $3 billion are not uncommon. Canada is expected to … Continue reading Insurance isn’t enough: Governments need to do better on natural disaster resilience
Kyle Willmott, Simon Fraser University The Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) describes itself as “a non-partisan, non-profit advocacy organization committed to lower taxes, less waste and more government accountability.” But it takes advantage of the positive associations people often have with the word “taxpayer” and attempts to fill it with neoliberal and anti-Indigenous political ideas. Throughout my research, I have tracked the CTF. The organization has … Continue reading The Canadian Taxpayers Federation’s politics are anti-Indigenous — so why do media outlets still quote them?
Willie Murphy died the day after Thanksgiving 2021. His wife, Mary, cared for him in their Nashville, Tennessee, home with the help of a new hospice agency focused on serving Black patients. (BLAKE FARMER / WPLN NEWS) By Blake Farmer, Nashville Public Radio This time, it didn’t take much persuading for Mary Murphy to embrace home hospice. When her mother was dying from Alzheimer’s disease in 2020, … Continue reading Black-Owned Hospice Seeks to Bring Greater Ease in Dying to Black Families
(Illustration: Herlinde Demaerel / China Dialogue) Important progress has been made, but now is the time to place women’s rights at the heart of transnational environmental law The 1972 Stockholm Conference sowed the seeds for the growth of transnational environmental law, with states negotiating commitments towards a healthy environment, and introducing new concepts such as “ecocide”. The Stockholm Declaration is often referred to as a Magna Carta for … Continue reading Women’s rights in environmental law, from 1972 to today
Kelly Fritsch, Carleton University and Fady Shanouda, Carleton University https://narrations.ad-auris.com/widget/the-conversation-canada/warehousing-disabled-people-in-long-term-care-homes-needs-to-stop–instead–nationalize-home-care- The failures in both private and publicly funded long-term care (LTC) homes in Canada have led to 15,000 COVID-19 deaths. Calls to reform LTC through nationalization have become widespread, garnering support from unions, national advocacy organizations and political parties. While LTC is often considered to be a necessary institution to support the complex medical care … Continue reading Warehousing disabled people in long-term care homes needs to stop. Instead, nationalize home care.
By Markian Hawryluk CHICAGO — Del-Kar Pharmacy in the North Lawndale neighborhood has had a front-row seat to history. Martin Luther King Jr. bought his daily newspaper there when he lived in Chicago in the late 1960s. The Black Panthers’ local headquarters was a block away, and the pharmacy shared a building with the Conservative Vice Lords, a notorious street gang whose members still check in … Continue reading Deep Roots Help This Chicago Pharmacist Avoid Creating Another Drugstore Desert
Catherine Carstairs, University of Guelph and Kathryn Hughes, University of Guelph https://narrations.ad-auris.com/widget/the-conversation-canada/the-long-fight-against-sexual-assault-and-harassment-at-universities With the return to university campuses this fall, there have been disturbing reports of both sexual assaults and sexist incidents. At Western University, for example, four students reported being sexually assaulted and there was mass student mobilization following social media reports of numerous sexual assaults at a residence. Police say while they have … Continue reading The long fight against sexual assault and harassment at universities
Matthew Hoffmann, University of Toronto https://narrations.ad-auris.com/widget/the-conversation-canada/the-paris-agreement-is-working-as-intended–but-we-ve-still-got-a-long-way-to-go Well, this is beginning to feel old: 2021 was another year of climate catastrophes — just like the one before it. Yet another year of fires and floods, with more beckoning for 2022. And, like last year, there are desperate calls for 2022 to be a year of accelerated climate action. It has to be, in so many ways … Continue reading The Paris Agreement is working as intended, but we’ve still got a long way to go
Lisa Korteweg, Lakehead University; Pauline Tennent, University of Manitoba, and Tesa Fiddler The education system needs to help teachers address, repair and heal education towards and beyond reconciliation. “It’s clear that there will be more unmarked graves found at residential schools, but what are we (educators) supposed to do? How are we supposed to fix this?” These were questions posed by non-Indigenous teachers during a … Continue reading Reckoning with the truths of unmarked graves of Indigenous children, education systems must take action
Brian Menounos, University of Northern British Columbia https://narrations.ad-auris.com/widget/the-conversation-canada/2021-was-a-bad-year-for-glaciers-in-western-north-america-%E2%80%94-and-it-s-about-to-get-much-worse The year 2021 will likely be one of the worst for glaciers in southern British Columbia, Alberta, Washington and Montana. It started out OK. A weak La Niña arrived in the fall of 2020 and continued through the winter. La Niñas tend to favour cool conditions and ample snowfall, so the winter of 2020-21 wasn’t bad for … Continue reading 2021 was a bad year for glaciers in western North America — and it’s about to get much worse
Mary Anne White, Dalhousie University https://narrations.ad-auris.com/widget/the-conversation-canada/milk-jugs–cartons-or-plastic-bags-%E2%80%94-which-one-is-best-for-the-environment If you are a typical Canadian milk consumer, you probably drink more than 60 litres of milk a year. It adds up to about two billion milk containers purchased in Canada annually. How that milk is packaged depends on where you are, and new research shows that one type of milk container is best for the environment. Milk comes … Continue reading Milk jugs, cartons or plastic bags — which one is best for the environment?
Rosa Perez worries about what many years of consuming the tap water in Fuller Acres might have done to her family’s health. PHOTO BY MARTIN DO NASCIMENTO “Lawmakers need to figure out better ways to balance the interests of industry with protecting people’s health.” BY CLAUDIA BOYD-BARRETT n the dusty outskirts of Bakersfield, California, Rosa Perez and her family are living without a basic housing amenity—clean water. … Continue reading Community Efforts to Clean Up Contaminated Water in One California Town
The author, left, with her husband and son.PHOTO FROM SHOSHANA MEIRA FRIEDMAN One evening in May 2020, my husband and I sat on the kitchen floor, exhausted from another day of working from home and caring for our 2-year-old in the pandemic. A week earlier, Yotam had been laid off. We were able to collect unemployment, and he would now begin to start his own … Continue reading Why I Gave Away My Salary During the Pandemic
Filipino fathers and Indigenous mothers with their Indipino children. PHOTO BY GILBERT ALMAZAN Indigenous and Aboriginal women on Bainbridge Island had to hide their identity. Now, their adult children embrace it. BY VALERIE SCHLOREDT Honor Thy Mother is a documentary tribute to the Aboriginal Canadian and Native American women who assimilated into a Filipino immigrant community on Bainbridge Island in the 1940s. In the film, their adult children … Continue reading A Tribute to Indigenous Mothers by Their Indipino Children
Lauren Lawson, University of Toronto Every fall, Canadians patiently wait for the turning of the trees and the crunch of leaves. In winter, we hear a different sort of crunch — the crunch of road salts. Road salts are used to remove ice from surfaces like roads, sidewalks and parking lots. When people talk about road salts, they are often concerned with what salt may … Continue reading Winter road salting has year-round consequences
Ezgi Ozyonum, Concordia University and Qiyang Zhang, Johns Hopkins University https://narrations.ad-auris.com/widget/the-conversation-canada/amid-covid-19-stressors–international-students-and-their-university-communities-should-prioritize-mental-health-supports After experiencing weeks or months of excitement building up before you left your home for the thrill of a North American education, you might now be feeling vulnerable in a foreign country, especially with news of the new omicron variant. You may feel lonely and wondering what to do during this holiday as your … Continue reading Amid COVID-19 stressors, international students and their university communities should prioritize mental health supports
Kimberley Brownlee, University of British Columbia https://narrations.ad-auris.com/widget/the-conversation-canada/u-s–abortion-bans-compel-women-to-be-not-just-good-samaritans–but–splendid–ones If a music lovers’ society kidnaps you and attaches you at the kidneys to a famous violinist with a fatal disease, are you required to stay and keep him alive for nine months until he recovers? This is the well-known thought experiment posed by the late American philosopher Judith Jarvis Thomson in “A Defense of Abortion.” The essay … Continue reading U.S. abortion bans compel women to be not just Good Samaritans, but ‘splendid’ ones
Yanick Farmer, Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) The sense of belonging that immigrants develop with their host society is not very often reflected in media coverage or speeches by public figures, which tends to focus on activism. What makes immigrants feel like they are part of their host society is, above all, having their basic needs met. Because of the diversity in Montréal, as … Continue reading Parc-Extension: How immigrants are integrating into Montréal’s most multi-ethnic neighbourhood
By Anna Maria Barry-Jester The tipping point for Dr. Paula Braveman came when a longtime patient of hers at a community clinic in San Francisco’s Mission District slipped past the front desk and knocked on her office door to say goodbye. He wouldn’t be coming to the clinic anymore, he told her, because he could no longer afford it. It was a decisive moment for Braveman, … Continue reading Racism a Strong Factor in Black Women’s High Rate of Premature Births, Study Finds
The palm oil industry must sharpen focus on social justice to eliminate deforestation from supply chains The 2021 European Sustainable Palm Oil Dialogue conference tried to address the need for the palm oil debate to include the industry’s negative impacts on workers, smallholders, indigenous peoples and local communities (Image: Icaro Cooke Vieira/CIFOR, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0) By Josie Phillips The palm oil debate has focused on the … Continue reading Europe wants to be ‘forest-positive’, but how to drive action on the ground?
Female faculty members of color are disproportionately called upon by both colleagues and students to do diversity, equity, and inclusion work—with no compensation for this labor. BY ALEXANDRA KUVAEVA &AUDREY J. JAEGER &DAWN CULPEPPER &JOYA MISRA &KERRYANN O’MEARA College faculty members are critical in helping American colleges become more diverse, equitable, and inclusive. Professors and instructors not only teach and advise students; they also help institutions make inroads toward equity goals, such as improving graduation … Continue reading Why Are Women of Color in Academia Expected to Do Diversity Work?
By Xingru Chen, Grade 12, Rosseau Lake College
To indigenous people in Canada, the way they pass down belief, history, story, and culture through generations is to sit around the secret fire inside the tipi and enjoy the wise elder’s narrative which is filled with the traces of history while the dim flames leaped on everyone’s pupils. The yellowish and radish light project on the inside of the tipi, as the narrator moves showing different abstract patterns, just like the rock murals, implying the deep connection they build with their ancestors and the landscape through continuous storytelling. During this learning process, indigenous youth build their worldview through storytelling. As a part of their cultural heritage, indigenous art plays an important role for indigenous people to demonstrate their true selves. It also opens a window for the audience to have a better understanding of indigenous culture. Continue reading Understanding Indigenous Artworks in Canada
Author: Chengmai Zhang
Around 1972,an economist called Muhammad Yunus was in the village of Chobra, Bangladesh. He spotted a woman who was making a bamboo stool near the school. He asked, “How much money can I make?” The woman replied, “The money is from the usurer. Only 0.5 takas can be earned by processing a bamboo stool. The income is extremely meager.” Continue reading Grameen China’s Opportunities: Comparing Grameen China with Grameen Bangladesh
自2013年习近平提出建设“新丝绸之路经济带”和“21世纪海上丝绸之路”以来，义乌再次像曾经一般敢为人先，摇着“拨浪鼓”走天下，加快与“一带一路”沿线国家经贸合作。如今，这座从“鸡毛换糖”时代发展起来的城市，进出口对外贸易尤其发达。每年大批外商以采购商身份来到义乌，根据采购方的需求选择、购买、交易所需产品。 Continue reading 义乌究竟能否走出国际贸易信任危机的困局？
四十多年前的义乌可谓“天不时”“地不利”。这里地少、人多、田薄，人们常常食不果腹。但贫瘠的物质条件并未影响义乌人“敢为天下先”的首创精神。为了改善土壤，他们创新性地用本地盛产的红糖换来外地的鸡毛，将其制成肥料，用以提高作物产量——这便是“鸡毛换糖”。依托于传统农业和家庭手工业，商品经济在这个小县城里悄悄萌芽。 Continue reading 跨境电商半路杀出，义乌传统外贸路在何处？
By Joyce Chen, Chujun Liu, Xintong Ye
Special Thanks: Haozhe Li
When entering Mr. Yang’s home, his family was assembling components. His mother’s trembling hands struggled to stuff the lamp wick into a red rubber covering, then hanging a plastic buckle onto it. Mr. Yang said that assembling such a component takes him about 15 seconds, and two of them are worth one cent (in RMB), which means that he could only earn one yuan from finishing 200 of these. A one-meter-high oxygen bottle was hanging on the wall, bags of medicine were stacked on the table, and thousands of accessories were stored in the corner. This is the life of Mr. Yang, one that reflects the current status of many rural pneumoconiosis patients in China. Continue reading The Existing Difficulties of Pneumoconiosis Patients
“说到义乌啊，这里可是世界小商品的摇篮啊。”Bina外贸公司的秦老板如是说。义乌是一个进出口贸易十分发达的城市。在这里，哪怕是路边一家平平无奇的餐厅，其老板都有经营外贸公司的经历。 Continue reading 义乌外贸那些事儿——汇率波动引发的蝴蝶效应￼
By Eric Olander from The China Africa Project
This week Eric & Cobus sit down with Wu Peng, the director-general of the department of African affairs in the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, for his perspective on a wide range of issues that are impacting relations between the two regions. Continue reading A Conversation With Wu Peng, China’s Top Diplomat For Africa
By Jiajun Li, Haozhe Meng, Jiadong Zhu, Yihong Yin, and Lezhong Wang
Located in the middle of Zhejiang province, Yiwu is home to nearly 2 million residents, including 13 thousand foreigners from more than 100 countries. The city owns the largest commodity wholesale market in the world. Yiwu has been developed into one of the most significant locations for international trade since the implementation of the “Economic Reform and Opening-up” policy in the 1980s and the introduction of the “Belt and Road Initiative” in the 2010s. Continue reading Social integration assessment：foreign merchants in Yiwu
By Shi Yi from China Dialogue
The mounting calls for China to stop supporting coal power projects overseas have received an answer. Chinese President Xi Jinping announced through a pre-recorded video address to the United Nations General Assembly on 21 September that China “will not build new coal-fired power plants abroad” while at the same time increasing its support for developing countries to pursue green and low-carbon development. Continue reading China to Stop Building New Coal Power Projects Overseas
By Jiayi Zhang, Jiaxin Liu, Lukai Du and Jiawen Mei (listed in no particular order)
Numerous Chinese companies suffer from difficulties during the epidemic – labor shortages, drop in production, and even bankruptcies. As a result, the unemployment rate has risen substantially. According to the National Bureau of Statistics, the unemployment rate in January 2020 was 5.3 percent. In February, the rate climbed to 6.2 percent. In comparison to the 2019 average rate of 3.62, the unemployment rate almost doubled. Continue reading Live Streaming: A Glimmer of Hope for the “Grassroots”
作者：杨沐之 刘仲慷 徐浩真
一日饭后，杨姐讲起了大象吃庄稼的故事——云里看山，遍野的玉米地中“秃”了几块，格外显眼。杨姐来自云南大树脚村。在这里，大象随意吃农作物的事例，早已不胜枚举。 Continue reading “斗不过，躲还不行吗”——如何通过红外相机缓解大树脚村“人象冲突”？
By Jiaxin Cai, Haonan Gong, Hanfei Cao, Runjia Tian, Xunrui Zhang
“Every household in the village has land to grow grapes and pomegranates. As long as they have enough labor force to plant and sell, they will not be poor. But some families are poor because of illness. The lack of labor will always result in low economic income.” Said a staff member at the Shenzhen Counterpart Support Xinjiang(Kashgar) Social Work Station. Continue reading What is the Current Public Health Situation in Kashgar Rural Areas?
By Xuan JIN
In recent years, many Western media have claimed that China has executed “cultural genocide” in Xinjiang, and that Uyghur culture is in danger of “extinction”. The Chinese government, by contrast, argues that Uyghur culture is well preserved and there is no suggestion of “extinction”. Continue reading Xinjiang Traditional Culture: Not “Genocide”, but “Change & Transition”
By Sijie Chen and Xingjian Ren
In China, minority women are facing serious economic problems. They often suffer from lack of local jobs with sustainable incomes. In Xinjiang in 2018, minority women’s employment rate is 32.1%. For national minorities in Southwestern China especially in Yunnan Province, the circumstance is similar: minority women’s employment rate is low. Even if they are to find a job, without local job opportunities, they can only find jobs outside of the village in cities and towns. Continue reading Women’s Economic Empowerment by Tourism at Ban Wan Village
By Zhao Qianqian
Nurturing and responsive parenting is essential to a child. As Parenting NI suggested, “parent involvement and intervention in the child’s day-to-day life lay the foundation for better social and academic skills.” Father and mother’s attitudes toward discipline, food, and hygiene can directly impact the behaviors of children. Continue reading How does economic development contribute to the development for left behind children in rural areas?
作者：郝悦 李佳玥 沈伟杰 王圣筌 徐瑞阳（按拼音首字母排序 排名不分先后）
Continue reading 公益组织通过传媒帮助少数民族弱势群体的现状与未来
作者：黄冰茜 张涵毓 朱嘉毅 王英博 斯天健
塔耶尔的想法在喀什老城并不罕见。在这里，今天有许多少数民族传统手工艺正面对着传承方面的挑战。 Continue reading 探寻那些不应消失的喀什传统手工艺
By Yolanda Shao, Rosa Guo, Kaman Mok
Learning disability (here on after referred to as LDs), defined by the Department of Health as a “significantly reduced ability to understand new or complex information, to learn new skills, with a reduced ability to cope independently,” or impaired intelligence and social functioning, has received little awareness in Africa. Continue reading A Brief Overview on African Children with Learning Disabilities
作者：魏淑媛 朱昱霖 徐玮鸿
“国家级历史文化名城”。在这里，有大量的少数民族手工艺品，包括了乐器、木器、陶器等。这些手工艺品具有丰富的异域特色，凝聚了浓重的西域文化。然而，它们近年来的推广、销售情况并不是非常理想。 Continue reading 在喀什地区，少数民族手工艺品市场营销的现状与挑战是什么样的？
By Jessica Jiang, Grace Zhang, and Liana Shi
“If you could be reborn, would you want to be a woman again?” A world-renowned survey agency, Ipsos, asked this question in Peru, and nearly 1/3 of the women in Southeastern Peru answered “No”. Continue reading Indigenous Women in Peru: Challenges and Hopes
By Wanmi Sui, Jinming Qi, Yuhan Sun, Chi Zhang
Pingxiang has transformed itself from an underdeveloped and agricultural-dependent village into a relatively strong economic power. It has experienced rapid social and economic growth that once allowed Pingxiang to become a prosperous city during the mid-20th century. In the 1950s, Pingxiang exploited its mining resources to the largest extent while turning the city into a leading iron, steel, chemical, and machinery industry.  Because of the excessive favor on capital over labor, the mining sector has witnessed the rise of a severe and irreversible occupational risk——pneumoconiosis. The lucky majority of the population naturally enjoy the astonishing development; what we forget is those who truly devoted all their youth, efforts, and dedication. They are the ones that are suffering because of the prosperity; they are the epitome of Pingxiang’s broken past, the neglected minority that is doomed to be disregarded. Continue reading Exploring a ‘Humanitarian Prescription’ for Pneumoconiosis
By Wayne Huang, Frank Xu, Christina Liu
Legend, opportunity, and fortune are gathering on this territory- Yiwu, China.
Here lies the most lavish scale small commodity market and the highest mailing demand. This land also suffers from material deficiency and labor shortage. Most significantly, here lives a group of diligent people who have been writing the epics of the city since the 1980s. Continue reading Yiwu, which course will you follow?
By Sile Huang, Songjie Zhou, Yichi Zhang, Xinyan Wang
As the door cracks open with an electronic tune, Jason finally arrives at the hotel. Walking into the washroom, Jason sits down, reaches for toilet paper, before touching a metal pipe, a sprinkler attached on top. At the table in a Turkish restaurant, Jason excitedly flips through the menu as he has heard long before this trip how it is known for its savory Turkish cuisine, before encountering a panel of five different languages. Jason fishes through the list, finally finds the familiar English word that he could understand, only to realize how this five-line panel is all describing a single dish. Continue reading WeChat in Yiwu：The Front Desk in the “International Hostel”?
By Haoran Su, Zheng Quan, Keren Liu, Zhenye Lin, Jiahao Deng
“We cannot ignore those who fall down when the whole country is moving forward,” said the famous director Zhangke Jia. Those who suffer from pneumoconiosis are exactly the group who are being ignored. Pneumoconiosis is a chronic lung disease, which mainly results from a long time working in a dusty environment. The disease is severely underestimated. Because many patients have either seldom received sufficient focus from society or enough financial support to eliminate these obstacles till now, that finally traps them into disadvantages. Continue reading Poverty vs Plight: The true condition of Pneumoconiosis patients in Pingxiang
By Huang Binrui, Li Yang, Mi Renzhi, Yang Shuo
Many Nanjing citizens may still remember such a view: when walking along the rivers in several residential areas in Nanjing, people had to cover their noses. Taking a close look at the rivers, many refuse collection stations were emitting dreadfully black liquid directly into the river, producing a horrible and disgusting smell. The view was easily seen before 2015. Back then, not only Nanjing was facing poor river quality and management, but many other cities in China were confronting the management problem of black-odor rivers. Fortunately, such a view is rarely seen in Nanjing now. Instead, now Rivers are cleaner and the landscapes are more eco-friendly; near the riverside, many elderly citizens chat with each other when doing some exercises every morning; intimate couples walk their dogs here together with smiles on their faces. You may wonder: how did the change occur? To be more specific, what technical methods and policies were carried out in Nanjing in so short a period from 2015 to 2021 to accomplish this feat? Continue reading River Management——A Phoenix Reborn in Nanjing, China
By Feng Jindong, Ji Xinyuan, Kaneko Reimon
In recent years, more companies, organizations, and governments start to focus on environmental protection, especially water protection. Nanjing faced awful water quality in the past, and the situation has been alleviated in the recent 5-6 years. We will focus on how Nanjing “heals” its water bodies as a system, including water sources conservation, remediation and rectification, and Nanjing rivers’ future. Continue reading River Treatment as a System in Nanjing