I Can’t Rub My Brown Away

It’s hard to stay hidden when you’re the only brown girl in the room. I can’t slip into the background and hope no one notices me. I can’t rub my skin color away and blend into the sea of white. It’s hard to stay hidden when you have big, unruly hair that takes up space. […]

Welcome In, Doubt

By Christina Bacino | Facebook In the throes of acute PTSD, I woke one morning to find God had left me. Eight years of working with trauma victims, most of whom were raped or trafficked, and the darkness of it all suddenly descended on me. Like a light-switch turned off, my brain could not conceive […]

This is a Love Story

This is a love story. But it starts with a heartbreak. A few weeks ago, my friend Emily found out that she wasn’t in the marriage she thought she had for the past three years. It turns out, her husband had been choosing someone else for the better part of two years, and that someone […]

First Steps on my Reconciliation Journey

By Kathleen Bertrand For most of my life, I have been privileged enough that injustice seemed to be somewhere else. I grew up in a middle class neighbourhood in a suburb of Vancouver. My family looked like families I saw on TV and read about in books: a white mum and dad, living in a […]

Let Go and Welcome the Light

A gentle whisper in my ear broke through my early morning dream. I sat up quickly when the sunlight filtering through our paisley curtains cast a crimson glow across my son’s face. The unwelcome light accused me and immediately my self-berating thoughts began: “I did it again. I promised this day would be different. I […]