Because We Belong Together

By Naomi Pattison-Williams | Twitter: @NaomiWilliams87 I started learning the story of Canada’s indigenous peoples quite slowly. After marrying a Canadian three years ago, I picked up information in bits and pieces but, as we were living in England, it remained in my peripheral vision. We moved to Vancouver nine months ago and from the […]

One of the Most Important Things I Can Do As a Father

By Shawn Smucker | Twitter: @shawnsmucker We were under blankets in the semi-dark, dusky light lining the blinds. I was trying to soothe my 4-year-old’s bruised feelings, his heart aching at some fresh discouragement, his disappointment cresting at the great injustice of a 7pm bed time. When you are the fifth of six children, and […]

Jesus and Lexapro

[Trigger warning: Content includes mention of depression and suicide.] I am 34 years old. I’ve had depression and anxiety since I was 12. I attempted suicide twice. A psychiatrist later confirmed I had C-PTSD (Complex Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder) from events in my childhood and later, in my years spent serving in missions overseas. After the […]

I Have a Responsibility to the Stories Gifted to Me

Last month, I went to Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan with nine other women from SheLoves to participate in the Atamiskakewak National Gathering. The gathering brought together indigenous and non-indigenous peoples to learn and talk together about the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and its 94 Calls to Action. My goal for the week was to listen. For […]

Thinking of the Next Big Thing

I spent 15 years of my life dancing. Everyone gasps at the show-stopper steps, but I’ll tell you a secret: the bedrock of ballet is the “transition” steps: the rather quotidian, easy movements that three-year-olds learn their very first class. A pile is a straight-up knee-bend. First position places your heels together, toes turned out, like a dove’s […]