From Emma's notebook

Morning, <<First Name>>! Over the past week, my colleague Francesca and I have been in the earliest stages of a big investigative project. We’re teaming up to dig into the impacts that industrial camps and resource-extraction projects have on the people they employ, as well as on local and Indigenous women. We want this project to be totally driven by our communities — totally driven you. So, please reply to this email and tell us: Do you live or work in a Canadian community that hosts a resource-extraction project (e.g. mining, forestry, LNG)?

Since the last few days have been more about spreadsheets than stories, it feels like a good time to share some of the other stuff I’ve been reading and listening to. Here are three:

1. "Ten Indigenous Writers You Need to Read Right Now

As Vicky Mochama writes in her Metro column, the “Appropriation Prize” controversy has made clear that for non-Indigenous people, “it’s a time for listening and for learning.” Luckily, Haudenosaunee writer Alicia Elliott curated this awesome list to get us started. Published by Vice, it features 10 Indigenous authors, including Lee Maracle, Leanne Simpson and Joshua Whitehead.

Indigenous writing, Elliott points out, is incredibly “vital” now: “When we write as Indigenous people, we have much at stake. We need to push back against genocide and erasure; preserve the voices and stories of our people; honour our ancestors; strengthen our connections to the land Canada continually takes from beneath our feet.”

I have a lot of reading to do. Which Indigenous writers would you add?

2. "Michelle Coffin is reclaiming her story"

While we’ve been exploring the BC Liberals’ commitments to ending gender-based violence, reporter Maggie Rahr’s story for The Coast investigates similar commitments on the East Coast. When news broke in 2014 that Michelle Coffin, a political science professor and former Liberal staffer, was assaulted by her then-partner (and spokesperson for Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil) Kyley Harris, the Liberals fired Harris. But three years later — despite having committed to ending gender-based violence — they quietly rehired him. How does that reflect the Liberals’ political commitments? Give me your take. 

3. NPR’s Invisibilia launched its third season

I’ve been so excited for the latest season of Invisibilia, a podcast “about the invisible forces that shape human [behaviour].” Every episode feels like a coffee date with your coolest, most curious crew of girlfriends — and they’ve just learned something surprising from someone equally surprising.

The trailer tells us what we can expect from this season: “Our episodes are all connected by this one very provocative idea we've come across. A kind of Pink Floyd-ish idea — that the world you think you're living in? It's. Not. Real."

So, what media is resonating with you right now? Let me know by replying to this email; I’d love to share your roundup on my Facebook page or in my next newsletter. And if you liked reading this, please tell your friends to subscribe!



This is the second time I'm sharing feminist art by Quinn Rockliff, an Ontario-based artist, because her work is so meaningful. She told me this piece was based on a nude photo that was submitted to her, along with this message: "i was sexually assaulted when i was seventeen and it took me three years to even think of my body as worthy again. i've never done anything like this before. i'm tired of being told what to feel — i'm a person, not a machine. i think i've lost every ounce of my sexual sense of self. and here i am, trying to reclaim it." (Art: Quinn Rockliff)

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