What happens to people if there is no attachment to a specific landscape or terrain? Three quotes jump out at me from this article about “Third Culture” people (sent to me by my student this week at Vancouver School of Theology, R Woodland, herself at least tri-cultural): 1/ “I know how to compartmentalize a life”; 2/ “I run into old classmates—often in subway systems or on crowded streets in the world’s most global cities so often, that I’ve had to stop believing in the distances in between”; and 3/”travel serves as an affirmation of sorts”. It would be interesting to compare and contrast the “third culture” folks to “existential migrants”, another theoretical category for describing those who grow up, and live, on the move. For me, a connection to land is vital, which is what makes this article so interesting.
Madonna Hamel, a friend of mine and an artist from Val Marie, sent me this poster. The rich Métis culture and heritage of the northern Great Plains will be marked, in a small way, on August 3, 2017 as a group of us begin our walk from Swift Current to Fort Battleford. The Battleford Trail is important to Métis history, and so also to the history (and the present-day) of all Canadians. More on that coming up! In the meantime, I’m looking forward to learning more from this vital community!
In August we’re walking an incredibly important trail from Swift Current to Fort Battleford – a trail used by First Nations, Métis overland freighters, and Colonel Otter’s Canadian militia. Big Bear, after signing Treaty Four, came overland near here. We need to remember our important historical paths, and in the spirit of the TRC, to point out to non-Indigenous peoples how Canadian history has been shaped and formed by the removal of the First Peoples from the land. Are you interested in walking or helping sponsor a walker? You can!