©2018 by Brigitte Pawliw-Fry

remember, listen, act

why should you care about an event that happened a year ago, or twenty-nine years ago?

In the year since the attack on the mosque in Quebec City, I have witnessed the real-time creation and development of historical and collective memory. By this, I mean memory as constructed in a social sense, often by the media or governments, expressing a frame of experience, shared identity or myth-history. While news outlets are now covering the ongoing trial, mention of the Mosque Shooting’s impact has largely dropped from the headlines and many in the media have distanced Bissonnette from the Canadian context, placing him instead with rising white nationalism abroad. I wanted to return the focus to Canada and think about what is specifically Canadian about this event and how we construct it in our memories.

August 13, 2018

I visited Taste of the Danforth on Saturday - which happened three weeks after the Danforth Shooting, as planned. It was - largely - a joyous affair; the street was filled with families, friends, and couples. But the vigil, erected where the victims fell, was both an o...

August 9, 2018

I asked the same ten questions to almost forty Canadians. Those questions revolved around two dates – January 29th, 2017 and December 6th, 1989. What happened? What do they signify? How did we as a society respond?

Many things happened on those days, of course. Retireme...

August 1, 2018

Here is a reading list from a wide variety of sources - scholars, community sourced blog posts, articles in newspapers, and theorists. Reading these will help you think about the historic and continuing violence against margin

alized people, discourses of Canadian histo...

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