In this free ranging conversation with artist, poet and playwright, Janet Rogers, I have an opportunity to learn about some of the iconic female artists who’ve inspired some of Janet’s work.
We also talk about “feminism” as a concept and a word, and “reconciliation” as a concept and a word, and the notion of land-as-body.
We get down and dirty about land, reparations, equality and activism.
Also notable (for me, anyway), is how my privileged, possessive, white supremacist language keeps slipping out – I can’t seem to stop myself from referring to everything and everyone as “our”, as in, the colonial “our”. Ugh.
Anyway, I do my best. I receive feedback. I apologize. It still pains me to hear it, though. It’s what I suppose they call a “teachable moment” and I appreciate Janet for pointing it out and for being patient.
Eden Robinson, mentioned by Janet in this interview, is a member of the Haisla and Heiltsuk First Nations and a prolific author.
To support the water protectors at Standing Rock, learn more and donate at Sacred Stone Camp.
To support the water protects on the west coast of Canada, learn more and donate at RAVEN Trust (Respecting Aboriginal Values and Environmental Needs). RAVEN is where I personally donate and who I have named as beneficiary in my will in case something terribly happens to me and my family.