Appropriate appropriation?

By Managing Editor Molly Barrieau If you can believe it, the final assignment for First Nations Studies 102 is a portfolio. Not just any portfolio, but a scrapbook narrative portfolio. The idea is to research your family’s history, display such, and comment on your story and its connections to Canadian colonialism. Seems easy enough, right? No essay, no rifling through dusty VIU books to find quotes, no citing. I should be dancing. Yet, the further I dig into each side of my family, the more I am beginning to feel very un-Canadian. Turns out my superbly British side has been […]

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Let it rain

By Associate Editor Natalie Gates It’s a pretty normal day for this point in the semester; you know the drill. I wake up determined to get EVERYTHING done, to take the day by storm—crank out my work hours, learn something in class, squeeze in some exercise, meals, and tackle those damn presentations like no one’s business. I’ll tie up those essays into tidy 3000-word packages in no time. Of course, things don’t go as smoothly as expected and I spend most of the day slightly on edge, constantly telling myself, “It’s okay, it’s okay, you’ll get it all done, it’s […]

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Space, time, and social media

By Associate Editor Natalie Gates Space and time are funny things. We’re always trying to get more of them or less of them. Trying to pass the time, skip through it—or grasping onto each second of the day, wishing there were more. Too much space and we get lonely, bored. Not enough and we get claustrophobic, antsy, over-stimulated. It’s a constant push and pull. But, as you might expect when you reach any “milestone”, I find myself dancing between the two extremes in my head more and more as graduation creeps closer. The options that used to seem like distant […]

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Gimme some space

By Managing Editor Molly Barrieau This issue, The Nav was inspired by NASA’s recent findings of exoplanets in another solar system. Thus we have decided to incorporate the extra-terrestrial into our stories. But what about Earth? Here in the True North (Canada), we are fortunate to have one of the highest land mass per person ratio. According to flowingdata.com, who provided me with a snazzy infographic showing major countries and their land versus the population, compared to China and India, Canadians have almost three times as much space. My sister moved to heavily-populated China last year to teach, unironically to […]

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