Pets in a Cage – Parents in Apartments

Photo: Robbin Whachell
Father and son…   (Photo: Robbin Whachell)

We all realize the dilemma of pets in cages. We understand that they are in a foreign environment and so we compensate by taking them out, petting them, or talking to them to ensure they feel loved.

Do we give our aging parents that same amount of thought ? A talk, a walk. We walk our pets to ensure they maintain their bodily functions… do our parents not deserve the same attention to ensure they are moving their bodies?

They too deserve a pet, a soft kind word… An “I love you mom,” before they go to bed, or hang up the call. Put it on a postcard.

When you finally do reach out and touch them, you realize it’s good for both of you. Warmth grows from the inside out. You reconnect, reconfirm, that you will be there for them – for each other. They can be the ones that feel the gift, that all is safe in their world.

Just like when you were little and they tucked you into bed.

Our parents are growing older, and they need us. It’s payback time…

Edgy artists to converge at #VALT2015 (Vancouver Alternative Arts & Fashion Week)

Valt-2015I checked out Vancouver Alternative Arts & Fashion Week (VALT) for the first time last year and I loved my experience.  VALT is not your usual fashion show, and the organizers are proud of that difference.  This event brings you the quirky, unusual, and edgy ‘as the norm’, and it’s becoming quite addictive.

Now in its fourth year, #VALT2015 will be held at the Chinese Cultural Centre of Greater Vancouver from November 20-22 and the three nights will depicts themes such as Terrestria, Celestia, and Aquatica.  The audience is being encouraged to dress relative to the themes of earth, sky, water on those specific nights.

“VALT differs from more traditional fashion weeks in several ways, with the most obvious being that fashion is not the entire focus of the event,” explains Kat Ferneyhough, Creative Director. “We host a visual art exhibition, screen short films, as well as present live musical acts and performance art pieces. VALT is about living in an Alternative Fashion, and it is so much more than simply showing unique clothes.”

On Friday, November 20th,  “Terrestria showcases, featuring lush forests, arid deserts, tropical flora, vast tundras, epic mountains, spacious valleys, tectonic plates and volcanic eruptions. Terrestria is slow to change, but complex and deeply interconnected. It is bound by gravity but has created creatures that are not. It is harsh one moment, loving the next, but in the end, Terrestria is home. “
Celestia follows on Saturday, November 21, with “clear blue skies, star sprinkled nights, storms, thunder, lighting, wind, rain, the vacuum of space, nebulae, suns and black holes. Celestia is the unknown heights to which we ever aspire. It is a perpetual mystery, but without Celestia, we would have no dreams for more. “
The weekend will conclude with Aquatica on Sunday, November 22, boasting cerulean waters, glass-still lakes, ponds full of lotus flowers, oceans as far as the eye can see, violent tsunamis and impossibly dark depths. “It is the magical and the terrifying. Aquatica is the unfathomable adventure that lurks just a little too close for comfort.”
Here’s the 3-day schedule:

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 20, 2015 ~ TERRESTRIA
6PM – Doors Open, 7PM – Show Starts
19+ Event – ID Required#VALT2015NIGHT 1 ~ Theme: TERRESTRIA — Lush forests, arid deserts, tropical flora, vast tundras, epic mountains, spacious valleys, tectonic plates and volcanic eruptions. Terrestria is slow to change, but complex and deeply interconnected. It is bound by gravity but has created creatures that are not. It is harsh one moment, loving the next, but in the end, Terrestria is home.FEATURED DESIGNERS (listed alphabetically):By Trish P., Cavell, Nicole Rose Design, NoSoda Clothing, Protagonist Menswear, Trish Chung.FEATURED PERFORMERS:Kieron Rhys Lillo – MCCelestial Renee, Rainbow Road, AppleCat, Irene Eaves.

FEATURED FILM: Ceci n’est pas un Collier by German Prieto.

FEATURED ARTISTS (listed alphabetically): Áki Jónasson & Alicia Palmar, Alanna Rose Whitney, Andrew Macklin, Erik Zepka, Famous Empty Sky, Flavia Chan, House of Barnes, Irene Eaves, Jenn Brisson, Kaz Simpson, Lydia Fu, Megan Majewski, Nina Pak, Phresha, Shayne Zwickel, Starsha Battrick, Suzann Kingston, Triptych Taylor.

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 2015 ~ CELESTIA

6PM – Doors Open, 7PM – Show Starts
19+ Event – ID Required

#VALT2015 NIGHT 2 ~ Theme:  CELESTIA — Clear blue skies, star sprinkled nights, storms, thunder, lighting, wind, rain, the vacuum of space, nebulae, suns and black holes. Celestia is the unknown heights to which we ever aspire. It is a perpetual mystery, but without Celestia, we would have no dreams for more.

FEATURED DESIGNERS (listed alphabetically):Beauty By Impairment Designs & Drafted Eminence, Carolyn Bruce Designs – Steampunk Jewelry, Lapin Rouge, RadioactiveNerd, Sandra.

FEATURED PERFORMERS:Tristan Risk – MC, Kevin Shazam Li, Quantum Council, Coastline Pilot, Artist Jennifer Little & Miss Morgane.FEATURED ARTISTS (listed alphabetically):Áki Jónasson & Alicia Palmar, Alanna Rose Whitney, Andrew Macklin, Erik Zepka, Famous Empty Sky, Flavia Chan, House of Barnes, Irene Eaves, Jenn Brisson, Kaz Simpson, Lydia Fu, Megan Majewski, Nina Pak, Phresha, Shayne Zwickel, Starsha Battrick, Suzann Kingston, Triptych Taylor.

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 22, 2015 ~ AQUATICA
6PM – Doors Open, 7PM – Show Starts
19+ Event – ID Required

#VALT2015 NIGHT 3 ~ Theme: AQUATICA — Cerulean waters, glass-still lakes, ponds full of lotus flowers, oceans as far as the eye can see, violent tsunamis and impossibly dark depths. It is the magical and the terrifying. Aquatica is the unfathomable adventure that lurks just a little too close for comfort.

FEATURED DESIGNERS (listed alphabetically):A.M.K, By Trish P., Marjan Rabbani, MJ Paterson, The Slug and Kraken – Starchild Creations, Zollection.

FEATURED PERFORMERS:Ivana Phoque – MC, Dezi: Performer/Artist, Messica Wild, SpeakerFace, Aaron White & Oceana, , Mermaid of the Canadian Pacific.

FEATURED ARTISTS (listed alphabetically):Áki Jónasson & Alicia Palmar, Alanna Rose Whitney, Andrew Macklin, Erik Zepka , Famous Empty Sky, Flavia Chan, House of Barnes, Irene Eaves , Jenn Brisson, Kaz Simpson, Lydia Fu, Megan Majewski, Nina Pak, Phresha, Shayne Zwickel, Starsha Battrick, Suzann Kingston, Triptych Taylor.

Tickets range from $25/evening, $60/weekend pass and $150/VIP weekend pass, and tickets are ONLY available in advance this year! More information about #VALT2015 can be found at www.VALT.caVALT’s mission is to provide an enriching alternative to the commercial fashion and gallery experience, to celebrate and promote the creativity of emerging artists & designers, and to nurture and promote the arts and fashion culture of Vancouver. VALT is run by the Style, Entertainment, Art & Media Society – SEAMS, a non-profit organization focusing on the development of local arts programming that assists emerging and fringe artists of every medium and media in the province of BC, while fostering a community of culture appreciation.

#VALT2015 Venue: Chinese Cultural Centre of Greater Vancouver (50 East Pender Street, Vancouver, BC – Map: https://goo.gl/maps/mHSFzS3QZWB2)
19+ Event (ID Required) – Doors Open 6PM, Shows 7-11PM – Dress to each theme and be part of the immersive art experience!

My great-grandfather served in World War I and II

All photos seen here are from World War I, except for the bottom left, which is the Canadian Veteran Reserves. My great-grandfather, Frederick Primeau is seen standing second-left. The barber photo is actually a W.W. 1 'postcard'. Primeau is the tall man far right. He fought in Flanders Field. (Photos: Whachell/ Hinz collection)
All photos seen here are from World War I, except for the bottom left, which is the Canadian Veteran Reserves. My great-grandfather, Frederick Primeau is seen standing second-left. The barber photo is actually a W.W. 1 ‘postcard’. Primeau is the tall man far right. He fought in Flanders Field. (Photos: Whachell/ Hinz collection)

Like me, my mother (Corae Hionz, nee Rosalyn Hinz)  is a record keeper. She held on to most of our family memorabilia. She’s from the era where you appreciated everything you had, because you had little. You reused, because you had to. She kept every address book she’d ever owned, important slips of paper, and treasured family photographs. So I am not too surprised that some of these photos I post here of my great-grandfather are now 100 years old! Because of her, we have a rich history and so many more memories…

My great-grandfather, Frederick Primeau lived in Duck Lake, Saskatchewan. That’s the historic location of the Duck Lake Massacre. Her grandmother used to feed Louis Riel when he was on the run. This is rich Canadian history. Fred Primeau used to be a farmer, trapper, barber and played the juice harp. He was like my mother’s second father as her own father remarried after her mother died when she was young, and her grandmother raised my mother since birth (as her mom sewed in the furrier factory – “coats and hats for Europe” my mom says, and so she had to be away to work. Her father was away trapping for the Hudson’s Bay Company.)

Everyone loved my great-grandfather. “He was quite a man,” says my mother. “He had to tip his head to walk into most doorways in those days.” It is my great-grandfather Primeau who carries the Native bloodline of Cree and Sioux; French-Canadian on the other side. We are Metis.

These photos are from World War 1 (1914 – 1918) when he fought near Flanders Field in France, and used to use his barber skills to cut the soldiers hair when they were not out fighting. This photo is actually a W.W. 1. ‘Postcard’ and he is the tall one.

Some of these photos of him are when he was older when W. W. 2 (1939-1945) came along, and he joined the Canadian Veteran Reserves in British Columbia. My mother tells us that they used to listen to the radio about the horror that was Hitler and Fred Primeau was adamant about opposing this evil power. She said it gave her nightmares and to her, Hitler was like the devil, and she was scared witless that he would come to Canada.

These wars are behind us now, and we now have the memories and the tribute we pay to those who fought and fell. I cannot imagine the hardship it put on our men, our women and their children, but I am grateful for our freedom and pray we never have to experience war in our future.

‪#‎LestWeForget‬ ‪#‎RemembranceDay‬ ‪#‎Memories‬ ‪#‎FrederickPrimeau‬

Grand Chief Nepinak meets Jean Chretien

12184309_10153641873265891_5211550383848923950_oGrand Chief Derek Nepinak wrote the following on Facebook after attending the swearing in of Justin Trudeau as Prime Minister of Canada.  His message was posted with a photo of himself with Former Prime Minister, the Rt. Hon. Jean Chretien at the event:

In 1969, men like our aged Honourable Prime Minister Jean Chretien put together a plan to erase the Indian Act with no consideration to anything but a backdrop of Eurocentric political, social and economic systems to absorb every indigenous man, woman, child and elder. It was an effort to create a political and social hegemony that would ease the conscience of many who knew that something was wrong with how we were being treated by the colonial state…But it didn’t work.

This ‘White Paper’, (one of many ‘white papers’ the government creates for a multitude of policy plans), disturbed the slumber of the giant that is us. In the wake of the disturbance, the political infrastructure of the past 45 years was created. Great men and women rose up to organize our response from all over turtle island. The legacy of that great initiative is not lost on our generation as we grapple with the challenging times and the tough questions about notions of our own nationhood and what that will mean in the coming year.

I stood in Rideau Hall on November 4, 2015, adorned in the feathers of the eagle, wearing the colours given to me in Anishinabe ceremony, wearing my treaty medallion. I took his hand and I shook it, which I think may have shook him entirely. He’s an aged man now, dressed well for important days in the transition of the times that we are in. His smile is uneasy and uncomfortable. Not sure if that comes out in the photo or not.. The agenda that he helped bring did not succeed in advancing the extinction of us. None of them have, and none of them will…

Thats the beauty of it…

Meegwetch Mr. Prime Minister,  it was an honour…