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February Bookstore Of The Month

Anne Uebbing   We interviewed Anne Uebbing about Kinder Books, here is what she had to say: Q.) What sets your store apart from other bookstores? “Since 2011 we have been a traveling bookstore, which means, that we don’t have a brick and mortar store. Instead, we set up our bookshop in many places at events such as artisan markets, farmer’s markets, community festivals, school book fairs and more, and not to forget, we are exhibiting at various educational conferences throughout the Lower Mainland of Vancouver where we meet people from all over the world! We just love to go to different place and connect with people everywhere. We are a strong supporter of local authors, we always have Canadian...

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January 2020 Book Store Of The Month.

Karen Mah   We Interviewed the owner of 'Inspiring Young Minds To Learn', Karen Mah about her book store, here is what she had to say: Q.) What sets your store apart from other bookstores? “I think it's important to support local businesses and local bookstores because behind every locally owned business is a family. When people support a local business, they are helping support a local family who in turn will put their money back into the community. The local businesses will support your fundraisers and raffles. We will donate goods, time and money to worthy causes in our communities.” Q.) What’s something really special that sets your store apart from other bookstores? “I think what really sets my...

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Teaching about Indigenous cultures in public school: A shameful past and an exciting future

Think back (maybe way back) to elementary and high school. What do you remember being taught about First Nations, Metis and Inuit people? From what I remember, Indigenous people were covered in one chapter of our social studies text book. I recall staring at drawings of “Natives” offering baskets of fish and furs to smartly dressed colonizers in exchange for tools and guns, as well as black and white photographs of nameless First Nations people carrying out archaic looking tasks. I remember feeling sorry for the First Nations people because they looked so far behind the colonizers in development; a people stuck in the historical past, being left behind in the face of progress. My family has no First Nations...

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Canadian copyright laws and Indigenous intellectual property: It’s time for a change

The following statement is not a controversial one because it is evident to anyone who has paid attention to First Nations, Inuit and Metis history in Canada. While intellectual property rights were created to protect creative works from being copied and exploited, Canada’s laws have, and continue to be, used to legalize the theft of Indigenous cultural and intellectual property. Examples of this span a wide range of creative disciplines, including fashion design, art, traditional medicine and healing techniques. As a publishing company, the team at Medicine Wheel Education is most concerned with copyright law and the contracts that we sign with our clients. We will circle back to this subject at the end of the post, but let’s begin...

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