Just released! Kyle Richtig’s first chapbook in over a year and a half, The Sun On My Palm is available for free download.
“While church and government officials would have their differences, their overall commitment to civilizing and Christianizing Aboriginal children gave rise to an education system that emphasized the need to separate children from their culture, impose a new set of values and beliefs, provide a basic elementary education, and implant Europe’s emerging industrial work discipline” (Langevin, 2012, p. 16.)
The residential school period represents a highly contested, yet undeniably dark piece of Canadian history. The Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (2012) has characterized the residential schools and the broader assimilation policies of the Canadian government as an “assault on families” (p. 11), and many writers, including Gresko (1979), Knockwood (1992), Smith (2001), Titley (1992), and Wilson (1986) agree that the residential schools were an explicit expression of the Government’s desire to assimilate all Native cultures that amounted to “an aggressive form of intercultural domination” (Smith, 2001, p. 60) which resulted in devastating and lasting emotional, psychological, economic, and cultural impacts on Canada’s Indigenous peoples (MacDonald, 2007; Smith, 2001). Continue reading
In a world full of disappearing species, is it possible that the ingenuity of humans could organize a system that allowed introduction of new species into a biome? While attempts at this have been disastrous in the past, can our current understanding foster a new system?
Kyle Richtig has released his 2013 chapbook Empathetic Viscera for free digital download!
New year spins
dust the corners
and the high places
a vision of once
all the promise
replaced by silence
in a lonely tomb.
Most people have difficulty keeping their New Year’s resolutions because they try to be better people than they are. Instead of pretending you are going to be better, thrive at your own evil self-actualization. Choose from one of these options, or make up your own!
Our readers’ favourite posts from 2015. An eclectic mix of posts that ranges from the serious to the absurd. Enjoy a trip back through the months of the Richtig Haus experience.
An honourable mention in the 11th spot goes to the Fictitious News post “Nick Jonas, Unintentional Serial Killer“.
U.S. entrepreneur and presidential hopeful Donald Trump announces a plan to open “Trump University 2.0” in a bold speech to Americans.
Archaeologists have uncovered a new discovery in the evolution of humans in an unlikely place: cats. The missing evolutionary link that created the Great Leap Forward in human evolution was not stone tools or fire, it was servitude.