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🔍Read Full ArticleA Slick Reckoning of Land and Page

A Slick Reckoning of Land and Page

👤Rob Budde 🕔Nov 25, 2016

Ken Belford is different. Only poetry could express the kind of difference the Prince George resident embodies and frame the different lan(d)guage he writes.

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Why Eating Matters

👤Rob Budde 🕔Oct 03, 2016

When I teach my Northern BC Literature course at UNBC, I always like to have a book or two that come from the North, but are not about the place— they don’t refer to place names or landscape or moose and pine trees.

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Forces of yes: Positive affirmations for Pacific salmon and healthy watersheds

👤Rob Budde 🕔Aug 01, 2016

Discussions around natural gas obtained through fracking and carried by pipelines across the province to terminals on the coast, where it is liquefied for export, have been draped around arguments about the region’s economic wellbeing: We need the projects for the strength of the GDP, to get resources to market, for jobs, for families etc., etc.

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🔍Read Full ArticleMapping My Way Home

Mapping My Way Home

👤Rob Budde 🕔May 31, 2016

Among the land-knowledge holders of northern BC, Neil J. Sterritt is a central one, both culturally and geographically.

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Campfire Sites of Decolonization

👤Rob Budde 🕔Mar 30, 2016

A central moment in the history and future of this region is playing out at the junction of the Moberly and Peace rivers, where Treaty 8 land stewards are camped in the path of clear-cutting in preparation for the planned construction of Site C dam.

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On the Wedzin Kwa

👤Rob Budde 🕔Nov 24, 2015

Indigenous solidarity begins with recognition of land rights and respect for the host culture.

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🔍Read Full ArticlePipelines with plotlines: Josh Massey’s explosive book

Pipelines with plotlines: Josh Massey’s explosive book

👤Rob Budde 🕔Oct 09, 2015

Josh Massey’s The Plotline Bomber of Innisfree (Toronto, BookThug) creates a tension between an absurdist foray into the near-future politics of pipelines and the sincere dynamics of rural community and connection.

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Respecting Nonhuman Beings

👤Rob Budde 🕔Jul 31, 2015

In the late 1990s, Cree elder David Bird visited my Aboriginal Literature class at the University of Winnipeg.

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Ground-Truthing the storied land: Derrick Stacey Denholm on the north coast

👤Rob Budde 🕔Jun 01, 2015

Derrick Stacey Denholm’s recent publication Ground-Truthing: Reimagining the Indigenous Rainforests of BC’s North Coast

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Politics and culture at the 2015 Canada Winter Games

👤Rob Budde 🕔Mar 27, 2015

How does one deal with corporations with questionable ethics and their sponsorship pitches to support arts and culture?

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The tricky business of protocol and permission

👤Rob Budde 🕔Nov 26, 2014

Northern BC comprises a host of First Nations territories and, as a settler/guest, there are certain ways I have learned to recognize those territories, the traditional families and elders.

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The poetry of politics

👤Rob Budde 🕔Oct 09, 2014

The activities of university English departments used to be to hunker down and study the classics: to read and analyze literature.

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🔍Read Full ArticleWhere is here?

Where is here?

👤Rob Budde 🕔Aug 04, 2014

Lheidli-Prince George history is coming alive before our eyes.

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🔍Read Full ArticleTheatre of dreams

Theatre of dreams

👤Rob Budde 🕔May 30, 2014

Jeremy Stewart and I share a similar dreamland.

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🔍Read Full ArticleA Big Little Book

A Big Little Book

👤Rob Budde 🕔Apr 02, 2014

Ken Belford’s Internodes (Talonbooks, 2013) is about 13 by 20 cm and light enough to mail cheaply across the continent.

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🔍Read Full ArticleGillian Wigmore: strong, authentic and uniquely northern

Gillian Wigmore: strong, authentic and uniquely northern

👤Rob Budde 🕔Nov 25, 2013

In previous columns I have written my opinions about how important it is for a community to read and celebrate its own authors.

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Prince George literary heroes

👤Rob Budde 🕔Oct 02, 2013

One of the lessons I have learned in my travels through different cultural communities...

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Portraits of Northern Academics #2: Paul Michel

👤Rob Budde 🕔May 30, 2013

Paul Michel has been a central leader in this aspect of UNBC’s development since 2002. He is a Secwepmc (Shuswap First Nations) educator, and has been the Director of the First Nations Centre at UNBC. He is also an Adjunct Professor for the First Nations Studies Program.

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🔍Read Full ArticlePortraits of northern academics #1: Dr. Si Transken

Portraits of northern academics #1: Dr. Si Transken

👤Rob Budde 🕔Mar 29, 2013

It is often difficult for someone at a post-secondary institution, working in a specific field, to communicate their work to a larger community.

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The Northern Male Man

👤Rob Budde 🕔Dec 01, 2012

Of all the experiences in my life, I feel like I can speak with the most authenticity about my maleness and the pressures of male behaviour I have felt over the course of my 40+ years.

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In Search of Hoolhghulh

👤Rob Budde 🕔Oct 01, 2012

This is what I have discovered: Hoolhghulh—Devil’s club—has spoken to me. Part of my sense of being a poet is paying attention to the world in different and unusual ways. It is what poets do best.

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Theories of Who We Are

👤Rob Budde 🕔Aug 01, 2012

Identity politics is the struggle to articulate who we are in the face of dominant cultures that try to erase difference.

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Postcolonial impulses and northern BC

👤Rob Budde 🕔Jun 01, 2012

Recently, an author with a national reputation questioned what role “postcolonialism” plays in northern BC politics or culture.

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Art and Activism - Creativity and the Endbridge Pipeline

👤Rob Budde 🕔Apr 01, 2012

The world of local art and the larger movements of local politics are not so far apart.

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Ecocriticism and re-reading nature

👤Rob Budde 🕔Feb 01, 2012

I received quite a few inquiries and comments about my last column where I discussed UNBC’s role as a “Green University” (“What Green Really Means,” Dec/Jan Northword).

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