3 people inspired me yesterday

July 29, in The Province newspaper, of all places. Rather than typing these into my computer, I’ll share them with you here.

Dr. Doug Clement, creator of the Vancouver Sun Run, is initiating a trail run (Burnaby Central Park, September 29) to celebrate Indigenous culture:

“On the one hand I feel confident, on the other hand I feel frightened, but if no one tries this it isn’t going to happen.”

Lulu Wang, director of The Farewell:

“When I went through the experience…I had no one to turn to and say, ‘This is crazy, this is wrong’, so I had to just spin around in my own head.”

James Cameron, director of Mission OceanX:

“But for every moment there’s a setback or challenge, there’s going to be that moment of discovery. You want to take the audience on that roller-coaster journey, because that’s what exploration is all about.”


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Bio: Organizing public meetings, actions, and coalitions with local and international organizations on emerging eco-social issues has been my work for several decades. Drs. Rosalie Bertell, Hazel Henderson, Amory Lovins and Paul Connett brought their solutions to BC. The help of my sister, her daughter and son, friends and co-workers, and citizen activists around the province and country made these decades of sharing information and spirit possible. Work in support of Indigenous Nations, learning with Elder mentors, and teaching in public school on reserve, showed me how Respect for each other, and for all life, sustains collective, matriarchal Nations over thousands of years. My warrior mother and father, who brought their first three children (including infant me) through WW2 in Europe inspire me. Rosalie Bertell, Haida Matriarch Lavina White, Secwepemc Chief George Manuel, Tahltan Elder Willie Brown; Lynn Rutherford, and the many activists who are with us in spirit: I continue their work with active hope.

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