Rest in pieces

By Managing Editor Molly Barrieau Hi, my name is Molly. I am a klutz. Is that how it’s spelled? Anyway, unfortunately, my final editorial for The Navigator Newspaper ever, after four lovely years and 56 issues, is about my poor, sad laptop.  In truth, my laptop now stands as a metaphor for how well life goes a month before you graduate from university. I thought, hey, pay a little for that portable one, and you’ll never have to leave it at home. Here I sit, my final week of classes looming over me, as I stare at a cracked, smashed […]

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Ignorant Canadian goes to ‘Murica…again

By Associate Editor Natalie Gates I recently got back from the city so nice, they named it twice: New York, New York. NYC. The Big Apple. Between this and my roadtrip to Oregon this past summer, I find it a little strange how I’ve visited the States twice in less than a year, given that I hadn’t spent any time down there since a trip to Seattle six years ago—and the fact that the world is currently looking at the US with such a watchful eye. I felt a twinge of guilt before I took off as I read news […]

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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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