When Child was still in high school, the social justice group organized a vow of silence to protest violence. I’ve been thinking about that for the last few days, knowing that this week’s Thursday Throwback falls on the Canadian Day of Reconciliation. What’s the right thing to do here? To encourage a moment of silence instead of providing a playlist for you? To create a playlist of artists from Canada’s first nations? Is it going to be perceived as slactivism, either way?
My $Dayjob provides every employee with a budget to take courses from certain partner schools. Some of those courses are in things like project management or coding, but others are in things that are, perhaps, more important to our humanity than our livelihood. Like Allyship. Like diversity. My professional development goals this year haven’t provided the opportunity to take any of these courses yet, but it seems increasingly important.
So today, I’m not going to give you a playlist. Instead, I’m going to give you this: It’s long, but if there was ever a reason to spend 2 hours watching something outside your comfort zone, this is it.
Gord Downie’s final project was to honour a boy kidnapped, sent to residential school, and who died trying to get home. This is The Secret Path – an adaption of Gord’s album and the graphic novel Jeff Lemire wrote about Chanie Wenjack.)