A Community Introduction

  • Sharon at the McCauley Community Gathering and Resource Fair on November 5. A face painting artist was on hand and drew this feather from a photo on the Internet. Sharon Pasula

Hello wonderful people of the Earth. It occurred to me that it would be a good idea to formally introduce myself because I have been a regular contributor to this fine community paper, Boyle McCauley News. I love community papers. I have always read them regardless of where I have lived. I guess that is because I am community-minded. No doubt that is from my Indigenous side, as I am also an introvert, preferring quiet and solace over crowds of noisy people.

An Indigenous way to introduce yourself is to begin by saying where you come from. Historically, that would give a huge amount of information. My roots on my mother’s side are from Lac Ste. Anne. Anyone who knows anything about the Lac Ste. Anne area would know it was a former Métis settlement, a small town and close to the pilgrimage grounds. They could guess that I am Nehiyaw/Métis (Cree/Métis). This is correct. My mother was a Michif speaker but did not pass on the language to the children, hoping to help them avoid discrimination.

They could also guess that my Indigenous blood memory would dictate some of my choices. This also is correct. So, I write articles often with an Indigenous focus because I feel it is important to have a voice from the original peoples. I was raised urban and am learning intuitively and by the spirit, what it is to be one of the people of the land. This is a healing journey for me. Creator has me living in Boyle Street where I also do some of my work, both advocacy (you may have seen me at City Hall at a public hearing about the proposed Tower of Babel overlooking the River Valley) and contractual (I facilitate healing and sharing circles, blanket exercise, etc.).

I encourage you to write at least occasionally for this awesome local newspaper. It does get read and is another way to have your voice “heard.”

Sharon lives in Boyle Street. She is Cree/Métis and the Indigenous Cultural and Educational Helper with the Diocese of Edmonton (Anglican Church).

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Neighbourhood Views

  • New Community Garden a Team Effort – Stadium Affordable Storage Centre at 8618 106A Avenue led the creation of a new, thriving community garden this past summer. The owners did a door-to-door flyer to all the surrounding apartments and within three days had a dozen names of volunteers. Maintenance person Fred Saint built the raised beds at the office in the dock area. The volunteer team helped get the beds filled with soil and planted. Next season, the company is looking to double the current size, and to add a fence, signage, and a walk system between the plots. This is a group photo of the volunteers. Fab Colli

  • New Community Garden a Team Effort – Stadium Affordable Storage Centre at 8618 106A Avenue led the creation of a new, thriving community garden this past summer. The owners did a door-to-door flyer to all the surrounding apartments and within three days had a dozen names of volunteers. Maintenance person Fred Saint built the raised beds at the office in the dock area. The volunteer team helped get the beds filled with soil and planted. Next season, the company is looking to double the current size, and to add a fence, signage, and a walk system between the plots. Pictured here are the raised beds. Fab Colli

  • Fr. Jim Holland Named to Alberta Order of Excellence – Fr. Jim Holland received the Alberta Order of Excellence from Lieutenant Governor Lois Mitchell on October 19, the highest honour in the province. Alberta Order of Excellence

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We are always looking for new writers and photographers, as well as ideas for future stories. We also regularly need block carriers to help with the delivery and distribution of the paper. Email Paula with your submissions, feedback, ideas, and availability. We also ask that contributors read our Editorial Guidelines and that all volunteers read and agree to our Code of Conduct.

Upcoming Themes

Our February 2018 theme is “Sights and Sounds.” What do you like to look at in the area (local public art and murals? Community gardens?)? What sounds move you? Music from local festivals? Nearby venues? Deadline: January 12, 2018. Articles should be no longer than 500 words and accompanied by photos whenever possible. Send your work to: editor@bmcnews.org.