Here is Where We Shall Stay

In the Northwest Territories, “…residents are quietly reclaiming their connection to their heritage. In backyards, fish and meat is smoked in teepees. Children listen to Dene language classes in their schools, and Elders teach youth how to hunt and be stewards of their homelands. This is resistance to oppression. This project focuses on how Dene people in the Northwest Territories are moving toward meaningful self-determination by resetting the past. The act of reclaiming culture and identity is ongoing, and my friends here are resilient in a place where symbols and systems of colonization loom large.”

Author: Pat Kane
Source: Maisonneuve
Published: Sep 30, 2021
Length: 6 minutes (1,602 words)


“TallBear, a citizen of the Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate in South Dakota, says thinking about building healthy relations instead of solidifying an identity is a more ethical approach for those trying to make sense of their Indigenous ancestry.”


Source: Maisonneuve
Published: Jun 29, 2021
Length: 29 minutes (7,269 words)

Seeking Sanctuary

“As a mother of eight boys, her primary concern was sheltering her other kids. She and her husband sold everything they owned that was not in the apartment, split the $30,000 between their mothers to raise their children, and began living on the streets.”

Source: Maisonneuve
Published: Jun 21, 2021
Length: 22 minutes (5,664 words)

The Men in Apartment 4C

“When Isaac Würmann’s relationship began to crumble, he started seeking out examples of queer love elsewhere. It turns out, he didn’t have to look far.”

Source: Maisonneuve
Published: May 11, 2021
Length: 22 minutes (5,738 words)

Real Talk

“I remember thinking that therapy felt like a nascent form of gaslighting, where the client is blamed if the therapy doesn’t seem to work. I’d come to learn later just how common that feeling is.”

Source: Maisonneuve
Published: Apr 20, 2021
Length: 16 minutes (4,022 words)

Genetic Mapping

“Here’s what I know for sure: I have three fathers who love me. One is my true dad—the man who raised me and has always told me ‘the more people who love you the better.’ One has the softest heart and shares my experience of being adopted. And one feels like a soulmate even though we’ve never met.”

Source: Maisonneuve
Published: Apr 12, 2021
Length: 27 minutes (6,900 words)

In Good Faith

Taken to its logical conclusion, it means believing that anybody who has enough faith can be healed. This approach relegates disability and illness almost entirely to the realm of the magical, the supernatural.

Source: Maisonneuve
Published: Feb 2, 2021
Length: 23 minutes (5,957 words)

Bought the Farm

“Small family farms are disappearing, but not for the reasons people tend to think. As investors rush in, farmers can’t hold on to their land.”

Source: Maisonneuve
Published: Nov 26, 2020
Length: 23 minutes (5,824 words)

Labour of Love

“Again and again, the health-care system exploits the sense of obligation we have to one another.”

Source: Maisonneuve
Published: Aug 25, 2020
Length: 18 minutes (4,743 words)

Habitat Loss

The Roaring Cat Retreat was more than one couple’s personal zoo. It was a symbol of the divisions between a small Canadian town’s rich and poor, its past and present, and the park’s closure threatened to take some of Grand Bend, Ontario’s unusual character with it.

Source: Maisonneuve
Published: Feb 18, 2020
Length: 22 minutes (5,717 words)