Beijing Taxis

When I arrived at the Beijing 🇨🇳 P.R.C. airport customs… in May of 1995, the officer decided that since the computer screen for my computer was not attached to my computer I would have to pay U$ 300 .. so I had to get cash at the airport bank, bring it back, pay him and then enter officially…the person who was supposed to see me was not there… So my 5 items of luggage went looking to go to China Daily… I had a letter in English… with the address and logo of China Daily…
The airport was almost empty other than a few taxi drivers… one seemed to understand English… he looked at the paper and by conversation I believed he understood where to go…
My cart of stuff and I were escorted to his cab… a regular looking car… by himself and a buddy???
Suddenly the cab ride became a two car trip…
I refused.. and I loaded all the bags into one car… and away we went…
With the second car following…
We arrived at…..
A hotel with the same name as the China Daily publication I was to work for…
As printed in the letterhead of my letter…
21st Century ….
(China Daily’s English language paper for the education sector…)
There the doorman actually spoke enough English that he told me and the driver of the error.. checked the China Daily address …
and away the two cars, two drivers, all my bags and I…

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We arrive at the offices of China Daily late at night.. and there is no security guard… no doorman… but the front door is unlocked….
I walk in looking around…
pass the wooden staff mailboxes on the wall in the front lobby..

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Not a live human being to be seen but I and the two taxi drivers….
Then, along a long slopping ramp from the third floor…
A white haired American woman says…
“Hey are you the new guy we were expecting…??”
Yes!

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The foreign experts manger is quickly roused…
descends form his upper floor apartment …
in glasses, slippers, PJs and a rain coat…
and proceeds to pay both taxi drivers much to my vocal protest…

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And that’s when I am told by Ann Holiday that my taxi ride from the airport is officially the most expensive on record for the 20 or so foreign experts contract to China Daily at that time..

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The Design and Development of Digital Return Platforms for Northern Indigenous Heritage (PDF)

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Executive Summary

“… Digital return technologies offer Indigenous communities a means of repatriating objects and knowledge gathered from their ancestors as part of earlier colonial endeavors. Many third party institutions such as museums, universities, and government heritage agencies, retain possession of these collections because of the perceived impracticality of returning them to source communities.
The concept of digital repatriation or “digital return” has emerged as a means of rebuilding relationships between source communities and third party institutions through the transfer of knowledge and objects in digital form. In this way, digital return systems, such as online archives, electronic atlases and digital databases, are excellent examples of disruptive technologies.
The idea of disruptive technologies was first popularized by Clayton Christensen in his 1997 book “The Innovator’s Dilemma”. Disruptive technologies are technological innovations that upset networks supporting the existing state of affairs. Digital return acts as a disruptive technology because it disrupts established institutional models for archiving, accessing, and interpreting objects and cultural knowledge.
Paradoxically, digital return also disrupts traditional Indigenous networks that support how objects and cultural knowledge are accessed and circulated by making them freely available on the public Internet . Resolving this paradox requires that we identify and address existing knowledge gaps in both the sociocultural and technological sides of digital return.
A three-part scoping review of Indigenous digital return projects in regions of the North American and European Arctic was undertaken to: a) identify the extent and objectives of academic, government, and community-led digital return projects; b) characterize the digital return methodologies currently used in arctic communities; c) identify the issues and challenges facing digital return projects within the study area; and d) draw attention to heritage initiatives that are grass roots and community led.
The methods used in this study include: a) bibliometric analysis of electronic databases; b) online surveys of digital return projects; and c) a case study of community-led heritage organizations and their projects. …”
PDF http://www.idees-ideas.ca/sites/default/files/sites/default/uploads/general/2016/2016-sshrc-ksg-dawson_0.pdf

Indigenous people’s movement, Yellowknife, Canada #Denendeh #J11 #IdleNoMore #YZF #NWT via @citiesandmemory

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“… Protest and Politics is the first global mapping of the sounds of protest, demonstration and political activism. Whether it’s people standing on either side of Donald Trump in the USA, Brexit in the UK, Marine Le Pen in France or any of thousands of local and national protests around the world, people are increasingly finding their voice and expressing themselves through sound. These sounds, more than any other, are coming to define the age in which we’re living, and are uniting people, communities and entire countries around the world. More than 100 sound designers, musicians and sound artists have contributed to the project, whether by reimagining a sound, providing a field recording from a sacred space, or both. Contributors come from all around the world – from Australia and the USA to Costa Rica and Brazil via Italy, France, Spain, the UK and many other countries. Field recordings provided by: George Lessard​…”
Yellowknife Field recording provided by: George Lessard​…”
Listen here
Part of the Protest and Politics project
@citiesandmemory
Set of still photos from the #Denendeh #J11 #IdleNoMore #YZF #NWT shoot
The original #Denendeh #J11 #IdleNoMore #YZF #NWT video is here

 

 

Trudeau cooks s’mores

On the rabble.ca Facebook page/group
https://www.facebook.com/groups/rabbleca/
Sherri Ingrey  https://www.facebook.com/sherri.ingrey
posted the following URL  to the rabble.ca page/group
and the image below is what was displayed in Facebook

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/justin-trudeau-nova-scotia-summer-visit-1.4215527
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However.. when visiting the URL I found a different story there…
“… Justin Trudeau cooks s’mores on Nova Scotia working vacation
Prime minister visited Shelburne, Port Joli and will attend Liberal party event in Halifax tonight By Jean Laroche, CBC News Posted: Jul 21, 2017 10:36 AM AT Last Updated: Jul 21, 2017 4:25 PM AT…” http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/justin-trudeau-nova-scotia-summer-visit-1.4215527

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So I commented …

Great photo capture…???? strange it’s not actually the one that appears in the CBC story at the time of this comment… on CBC it’s the one below…
and CBC headline reads “… Justin Trudeau cooks s’mores on Nova Scotia working vacation Prime minister visited Shelburne, Port Joli and will attend Liberal party event in Halifax tonight By Jean Laroche, CBC News Posted: Jul 21, 2017 10:36 AM AT Last Updated: Jul 21, 2017 4:25 PM AT…”
This is not the first time Ive seen a misrepresentation of a URL’s content on Facebook… but usually it’s just commercial click bait…
In this case it seems that it’s posted here as an editorial/commentary/op-ed/opinion piece rather than an accurate representation of the URL…
Not a problem when such #Satire #Opinion #Editorial #Commentary is indicated … #GimmyAClueEh?

NOTE: this #social #political #creative #phenomenon is becoming a very interesting side side of Facebook

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George Lessard Of course…
I do enjoy recognizing and celebrating the expert practice of the new medium’s arts ….
Much thanks, Sherri Ingrey!

Read Un/Covering the North: News, Media & Aboriginal People

@melindatrochu Read Un/Covering the North: News, Media & Aboriginal People http://ow.ly/IB9D307e8R4 #ValerieAlia #FB http://ow.ly/ENyP307e8SA

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NWT’s The Sun at Midnight actor wins award

Yellowknife's Kirsten Carthew on the set of The Sun at Midnight, a Canadian film which she directed, wrote, and produced. (submitted)

Yellowknife’s Kirsten Carthew on the set of The Sun at Midnight, a Canadian film which she directed, wrote, and produced. (submitted)

“… The first full-length feature film shot in the N.W.T. is quickly becoming a celebrated selection at some major Canadian film festivals.
Mohawk-actor Kawennárhere Devery Jacobs won the award for best performance in a Canadian film at the Whistler Film Festival on Sunday for her performance in The Sun at Midnight.
“I’m just filled with gratitude,” said Jacobs in an interview Tuesday. “I had no expectations going to shoot it in the Northwest Territories. We just went to film this ultra low-budget project, and it was such a passion project that I really hold dear to my heart.” […]
It’s the first acting award Jacobs has received, and she credits Carthew’s talent for the win.
“It’s all because of our writer-director [#Yellowknife’s] Kirsten Carthew. Her writing, if you look at the film, there really isn’t a lot of plot-driven stories, so it really rests on the shoulders of myself and [co-star] Duane Howard to carry the film, which I haven’t’ had the opportunity to do in past projects.” […]
The Whistler Film Festival marks the film’s second screening outside the N.W.T.
The Sun at Midnight also screened at imagineNATIVE in October, complete with a standing ovation from the audience.…”
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/sun-at-midnight-performance-award-1.3884105

Becky Qilavvaq’s “Feel the Inukness” 230,634 hit #video “… u know u wanna dance; don’t fight the feeling!…”

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Feel the Inukness #BexxStudio #video “… u know u wanna dance; don’t fight the feeling! (made by Becky Qilavvaq / starring Anguti Johnston)…” 230,634 views

 

Becky Kilabuk
Artist, Throatsinger, Short Filmmaker at BexxStudio
Nunavut, Canada
https://www.linkedin.com/in/becky-kilabuk-a5193135

“Everyone is waking up”: Tanya Tagaq on fighting for justice and singing for Björk

“….Protest music has found an avant-garde champion in the formidable grunts and howls of Inuk throat singer Tanya Tagaq. April Clare Welsh finds out how the First Nations activist and Björk collaborator is using her platform to shine a light on Canada’s dark history […]Tagaq believes that online activism like the virtual mob that flocked to Standing Rock has become “absolutely crucial” in the global fight for Indigenous rights. “Indigenous people have been fighting for the planet for a very, very long time,” she says, “but everyone is waking up to it now. You see these elders engaging in peaceful protests and getting pepper-sprayed by billionaire companies that just want more money – in 2016 that’s just unacceptable. Too many people are awake to accept that behaviour.”[…] Tagaq herself is a survivor of Canada’s notorious Residential School System, a forced assimilation programme which operated from the late 19th century right until 1996, taking Indigenous children away from their communities and placing them in boarding schools around the country. Around 6,000 students died during the residential schools’ existence, and sexual and physical abuse was endemic – though Tagaq emphasises that she doesn’t carry personal pain from her time at high school: “I wouldn’t want to take anything away from the people who suffered the massive indignities themselves.”….”
Tanya Tagaq – Retribution

Tanya Tagaq “Uja” and “Umingmak” (live) — Polaris Music Prize 2014

Demolition video of Yellowknife’s Robertson Head Frame Oct 29th, 2016

A very sad moment

Demolition video of Yellowknife’s Robertson Head Frame Oct 29th, 2016

Demolition video still of Yellowknife’s Robertson Head Frame Oct 29th, 2016

“… Hundreds watch Yellowknife’s Robertson headframe fall to the ground – Many show up for blast at 5 p.m. MT Saturday, hundreds more watch from Australia, N.S., Alaska
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/hundreds-watch-robertson-headframe-blast-1.3828368
N.W.T. gov’t won’t save Yellowknife’s Robertson headframe
Agreement could not be reached with mine owner, says GNWT
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/nwt-gov-t-won-t-save-con-mine-robertson-headframe-1.3701613
“…The Con Mine (1938-2003) was the first gold mine developed in the Northwest Territories, just south of Yellowknife.[1] The property was staked by Consolidated Mining and Smelting Company of Canada (Cominco) in September 1935 in response to the discovery of visible gold nearby; the name “Con” is an abbreviation of “Consolidated”. The advent of winter prevented any prospecting from being conducted, but work in the summer of 1936 led to the discovery of numerous gold veins. The Con Mine entered production in 1938 and ceased operations in 2003. It has produced over 5,000,000 ozt (160,000 kg) of gold from 12,195,585 tons of ore processed.[2] The mine was over 6,000 ft (1,800 m) deep.[3]…”
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Con_Mine

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Funding available for Canadian campus or community radio stations

“… Youth on  Air! is a pilot program developed by the  CRFC to  provide a radio experience to young  people  through  training  grants.  In addition to  falling under several of the CRFC’s program priority  areas, this program aims to achieve the objectives set forth in  the CRTC policy on the Canadian Content Development (CCD).Funding must be dedicated to initiatives that provide high quality audio content for broadcast and mustinvolve direct expenditures that are allocated to the support, promotion, training, and development of  Canadian musical or spoken word talent, including journalists. Youth on Air! is  aimed  at  stations that are seeking to work with young Canadians in search of  mentorship, education, and/or training in broadcasting within a community – oriented radio station.
The goal of the program is to increase capacity and outreach of stations through the recruitment, hiring, and training of young talented radio programmers while contributing  to new and innovative programming. The components the program are:
(a) the mentorship, education, and/or training of a youth intern(s);
(b) music or local- interest spoken word programming produced by the intern(s).
Who is eligible?
Eligible applicants are not – for – profit Canadian stations who hold a CRTC – issued  campus (community – based campus or instructional) or community (type A or B) radio broadcasting licence (as set out in Public Notices CRTC 2000 – 12, 2000 – 13, or 2010 -499).
Any previous recipient with outstanding reports or amounts owed to the CRFC will not be eligible for any new funding until they have fulfilled these obligations. […]
What amount is available ?
Eligible stations may receive funding up to$10,000 […]
What is the eligible funding period?
Projects must take place between May 1st, 2016 and October 31 st, 2016.
Funding term will cover a maximum 26 weeks project and will run for a minimum of 8 weeks.  [..]
Application deadline
The CRFC will accept applications until Monday, February 29st, 2016 at midnight, Pacific Time (PST)….”
See the PDF file here
http://www.crfc-fcrc.ca/images/documents/YOA_Guidelines_2016.pdf

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