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July 30,1992 NEWS-
NDP restores faculty's right to unionize
by Frances Foran
The Harcourt government
has fulfilled its election promise to university faculty—they
will no longer be excluded from
international labour laws.
Bill 23, passed in May, repealed the section ofthe University Act which prohibited
university faculty from forming unions.
Advanced education min
ister Tom Perry called section
80 unfair as it exempted university faculty from the Industrial Relations Act.
The section was also condemned last year by United
Nations' subsidiary International Labour Organization,
which ruled that BC contravened United Nations charter.
UBC Faculty Association
Young radicals
meet in '93
by Rick Hiebert
Young Canadian activists
are planning a national conference for the summer of 1993 to
recruit and train youth to be
"politically aware and active."
The conference will be part
of an ongoing process to revitalize social change movements, according to its organizers, most of whom are in
their twenties.
There's a need nationally
for young activists with skills,"
said Jerome Cheung of Toronto,
one ofthe organizers ofthe conference.
"Activism has become more
and more sophisticated in the
1990s but there are less and
less young people who are active. There's not a lot of opportunity for youth to acquire the
skills they need."
The conference will be held
in a major Canadian city, likely
in Ontario or Quebec. Although
plans are tentative, the conference will go ahead, as the Canadian Peace Alliance has
agreed to, at least, co-sponsor
it. The conference will have
adult activists pass on their
skills and knowledge to people
in their 'teens and twenties.
And groups traditionally
underrepresented in progressive movements, such as the
disabled and people of colour
will be encouraged to attend.
It is anticipated the conference will be funded by donors,
government education programs and foundations.
"The conference will be a
practical conference aimed at
teaching basic organization and
lobbying techniques, coalition
building, direct action, media
work and recruiting," Cheung
He added the conference
was aimed at recruiting more
young people for social change
"We want young activists
that are active in their community and take a position that
really challenges the establishment, even the progressive establishment."
"Youth groups start in a
burst of energy and then die
out because they don't know
how to do anything. If we give
them skills and contacts, we
can use their input to revitalize
the left...If this works you'd
have a national cadre that you
concentrate on each issue in
turn and maximize their clout,"
he said.
Toronto peace activist
Catherine Gotiet said the proposed conference was an "excit
ing concept."
"Once conferences end,
people tend to go their separate
ways. We need to work on
keeping ongoing activities so
that they will continue to be
"We want to plan for the
next five or ten years when we
will be taking more of a leading
role in all the social change
movements. We need to train
these activists now."
She added it was "quite depressing" to attend movement
conferences and see "not
enough youth delegates to fill
three dinner tables."
"Youth have more time and
energy to give to these crisis
issues. If we don't find a way to
use, if we waste this energy, it
can only hurt the movements
for change."
Other activists who have
heard of the proposed conference are excited about it.
"It would be a good way to
develop a better rapport between social change movements," said Ottawa anti-racism activist Angeli Sinnanon.
"We can only get stronger
by working together. Perhaps
we will have such an impact
that the older people in control
of social change movements can
learn from us as we have been
learning from them."
Sol Wolfe, future radical, plays an engaging game at last
week's Earth Voice Festival
president William Bruneau
said, "We're delighted with the
ruling because [section 80]
withdrew a right which everyone has—the possibility of
free association."
Bruneau said UBC faculty are not necessarily going
to exercise the right to
unionize but the issue will be
raised "very directly" in September.
Debating the bill, advanced education critic David
Mitchell considered the recent
UBC support staff strike an
indication of future university labour relations if faculty
were to unionize.
Mitchell also wondered
why university faculty should
"have it both ways": be afforded professional tenure as
well as the collective bargaining rights of trade unions.
"There were difficult dilemmas posed to faculty during the UBC strike. When faculty are members of trade
unions, who will decide what
issues will take precedence—
academic responsibilities and
responsibilities to students or
union solidarity?"
Gordon Shrimptom, head
of Confederation of University Faculty Associations of
BC, said Mitchell's argument
that unions threaten academic
freedom is nonsense.
"You could also imagine a
scenario in which uncontrolled
managerial privilege could
threaten academic freedom,"
he said.
CUFA has been fighting
to repeal the ban on unionizing since it was implemented
by the Social Credit government in 1977 after UBC faculty made an unsuccessful attempt to unionize.
UBC payroll system wreaks havoc
by Yukie Kurahashl
What if your full-time employers delayed paying you
every pay day because of technological difficulties?
This is just one of various
headaches currently being encountered by many UBC employees due to problems at
UBC financial services in processing payroll information.
Despite the new human
resources and payroll system
implemented on May 1st
which replaced an outdated
and decrepit 25-year-old system, many employees are not
being paid either on time or
the correct amount.
Kurt Karila, head of house
staff at the UBC Conference
Centre said, "Our staff have a
right to be paid on the day that
they're promised. It's ridiculous.
"I do the payroll for staff
here, and it seems that almost
every time there were always
two or three employees with
problems with their payroll,"
he said.
Most of the complaints
have to do with late
paycheques, and discrepancies between the number of
hours actually worked and
that for which employees had
been paid.
"One of our staff, for his
paycheque covering the period
from May 1st to 15th, only got
paid for ten and a half hours.
He was missing 57 hours'
worth of pay from his
paycheque, and that was
probably the most extreme,"
Karila said.
Mike Richardson, another
member of the house staff said,
"I've had this house staff job
for three summers, and I think
maybe out of the three summers Fve had maybe eight
cheques that were right.
"I also have a job as a TA in
the physics department, and
the hourly payment versus
salary payment totally screws
up the system and they can't
get my cheques in on time," he
"They're always at least a
week late, and they're still
screwing up the cheques."
Marianne Koch, the controller for UBC financial services said, "I think there were
some difficulties with the old
"The old [system] had been
patched so many times, so we
had been working for years on
gettingthis new system ready.
"It was essential that a
new system were implemented
to alleviate some ofthe difficulties we had been having,"
she said.
She admitted there were
still some problems with the
new process.
"With a new system it always takes some time before
you can get everything worked
out," she said.
"There's always some bugs
that show up."
Karila said although the
payroll situation has improved
somewhat since the implementation ofthe new system,
financial services still has
many problems which need to
be examined.
"It didn't seem to bother
them that our staff had bills to
pay," he said.
"If you went up to their
office with a problem they'd
refuse to see anyone, and you'd
have to write out your complaint but they'd never get
back to you on it," he said.
"The UBC administration
has an obligation to pay its
staff properly at the time
they've promised in our contract.
"How can we as supervisors ask our own employees to
be prompt and on time when
we can't even get them their
paycheques on time?"
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by Charlie Gillis
MARCH, 1992—I'm standing in the commons
block at Place Vanier residence. I'm sober, and I
figure I'm the only person in the building who is.
T'S my second year as a residence advisor, and
tonight I'm not feeling altogether enthused about the
It's also the eve of a UBC senate committee inquiry into
the academic environment at the residences, a committee
with specific instructions to look into how advisors are
chosen and trained.
This news makes me cynical. On nights like these,
advisors feel like shock-troops. When I see what I do before
me right now, it seems ridiculous to think we're the ones
who should have been playing social activists all of this
As I pass the doors ofthe room from which the party is
tumbling, sour fumes of spilt alcohol fill the air, reminding me ofthe barf covering the resident I just helped back
to MacKenzie house. I navigate through the sea of people
outside the lounge doors.
A lot of them are strangers—"off-rez" people, we call
them. Now and again, familiar faces appear, people who
were my friends two hours ago. They approach me with
glazed eyes and guilty, lopsided grins, but I nod and move
past them quickly. Drunk people make me uncomfortable
when I'm sober. I don't know them.
I guess I've become uptight, or something. I remember
getting that hammered and enjoying the hell out of it.
Dancing clumsily, getting laid, wrecking something. It's
all part of that residence experience, right?
But for the last few months, standing back and helplessly watching this ritual has begun to bother me. Since
September, I have sent three residents to the hospital in
the ambulance for over-drinking. On at least five different
occasions I have heard male residents substitute the word
"bitch" for "woman" in casual conversation. I have seen
countless students proclaim with bravado they had drunk
themselves into academic failure. One heroic prankster
was unceremoniously booked for theft.
Welcome to higher learning.
Ironically, most ofthe advisors have agreed that the
past session has been a quiet one. Fewer parties have
succeeded, and the place is actually silent some week-
This year's Cariboozers have been marshmallows
compared to their predecessors. But I cannot help
feeling as though the same patterns are merely hiding behind a veneer of correctness.
And it's been over a year since the great Caribou letter-
writing fiasco, an event which received national media
This year's Cariboozers have been marshmallows
compared to their predecessors. But I cannot help feeling
as though the same patterns are merely hiding behind a
veneer of correctness. In the male dorms, feminism is still
"lesbian bullshit," and literature is "artsy crap." Manliness is measured, as ever, by the amount of alcohol consumed.
Housing has made token efforts to counter those attitudes, wherever they originate. But without support from
other governing bodies on campus, their assays are worthless. Let's face it. Engineers still pack beer all over campus, disrupting classes and chanting inane songs. Students are served past the point of intoxication at non-
residence functions, and the strong alienation between
UBC's various faculties continues to flourish, inside and
outside ofthe residences.
The university recognizes it can do little to change the
type of student it invites to attend its classes and live in its
dorms. But it also appears unconcerned with the attitudes
of its graduates. Is this an abdication of its community
responsibility? I think so.
Housing is just one department among several in
which change might be initiated. This committee should
be a mere start.
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IN December of 1991, a
Senate Committee on
disciplinary appeals submitted
its report on the cases of five
male residents of Caribou House
at Place Vanier residence. The
president's office had disciplined
all five for their involvement in
an incident over 18 months ago,
when women students at Vanier
received obscene and threatening
notes, apparently advertising an
upcoming party. The president's
office allowed some ofthe
appeals, and disallowed others.
For Strangway, the major
decisions had been made.
But, the appeals committee
felt the matter warranted
further investigation.
"The Senate Committee on
Student Appeals on Academic
Discipline," the report reads,
"wishes to express its concerns
about what some students
appear to consider appropriate
conduct at the university and in
particular, in the residences."
According to the committee, the
involved students claimed
similar incidents had geme
unpunished in the past, and
were still occurring.
Indeed, this has been an
unsettling thought lingering in
my own mind. Will the example
ofthe presidents sacrificial
lambs adequately deter similar
activity in the future?
Senator Jean Elder, now
retired, moved that Senate strike
an ad hoc committee to look into
the academic environment at
UBC's residences. This committee would investigate the process
of selecting and training residence advisors, and suggest
steps to improve the quality of
academic life in the residences.
The motion passed.
But so far that committee
has made little progress. A call
for submissions circulated on
campus last spring received only
five responses. Worse, because
its first meetings coincided with
the end of winter session, several
ofthe committee's own members
failed to actually attend when
the board convened in June.
It plans tore-convene this
Meanwhile, student turn-
Vanier and Totem? What
brought on this indictment of on-
campus culture, an institution
generations of UBC graduates
remember with fondness?
"Oh, we had a wonderful
time," recalls one former resident, now a schoolteacher in the
BC interior. She smiles distantly
as she gazes around the Shrum
commons block at Vanier. "We
all lost our virginity here. We all
tried drugs for the first time. You
know, nothing major. Just a bit
of grass or whatever. But that
was the late sixties, and early
seventies. I imagine ifs a lot
worse now."
JULY, 1992—Well, it is and
it isn't. Few people at rez smoke
dope on a regular basis anymore.
But they could probably learn a
lesson or two from the flower kids
ofthe '60s on the principles of
peace and love.
For instance, to the residents
on my floor two years ago, the
GulfWar was another sporting
event, something to be watched
on CNN between beers and
football games.
"Bight on!" exclaimed one
resident as he watched the
"surgical" bombing of a government building in Baghdad. "The
'mericans are gonna kick that
fucker's ass."
I wrote it down when he said
But the most constant source
of ugly incidents, at
Vanier at least, has been the
strident competition for notoriety
between houses. When I sat in on
a mediation session between the
Caribou men and various
concerned women, the men from
Caribou remarked at a pressure
to be the worst, the lewdest, the
baddest boys in rez.
They certainly had some
competition for the title. At Totem
Park, residents of first Haida
proudly call themselves "the
Pigs." When I lived in Robson
house, we were "the Rats." -
And the men of Sherwood
Lett were real title-holders. They
once donned a floor shirt which
depicted a caricature of Fred
Flintstone, standing atop a dorm-
building, pissing on a crowd
"We get a lot of values baggage and drinking baggage from the students' home
towns," he said, "not to mention the traditions that are already here."
over in the residences has left
. few people in Vanier and Totem
Park who remember or even
know ofthe initial cause for
Marilyn Cox, an advisor at
Vanier for the past two years, is
one resident who recalls the
incident, and she believes the
committee still has plenty to
"Nothing has changed," she
said. "Some ofthe more explicitly
sexual events, like 'Cum Together,' have been tamed down
so they dont draw as much
attention. But after a couple of
years things could easily go back
to the way they were."
So how were things at
hard for us to change things here
when the residents can go up to
the SUB and find boatraces, or
read the Red Rag whenever they
Cooper's comments make at
least one thing clear: if the
governing bodies at UBC really
want to make changes, they will
have to offer up more in the way
of initiative than the lip service
they have thus far.
Even Carole Forsythe, co-
chair ofthe senate ad hoc
committee admits the current
inquiry has few sanctions at its
"Maybe this is something
best looked at from the Board of
Governors' point of view," she
said. "But we're hoping that if we
make our recommendations
public, then other boards and
departments might do something."
Forsythe may be right,
tentative as her plan sounds.
Indeed, what Cooper does
not point out is that residence
tradition is the training academy
from which he draws the bulk of
his staff. The Vanier and Totem
advisors may have practical
experience with a party-h«-sarty
atmosphere, but few
see any to change it.
into both the
process of selecting
its 100 advisors,
and the re-definition of its
departmental mandate would be
a huge initiative for Housing,
requiring a strong sanction from
the BOG.
AND, according to Cooper,
there is no telling that a
more idealistic and interventionist staff would solve as many
problems as it would cause.
"People have individual
freedoms;" he remarked, "so if
you're going to make changes,
you have to do it by setting the
Moreover, by narrowing its
terms of reference specifically to
contemplate the selection and
training of advisors, the committee may be neglecting other
important areas of consideration,
such as the influence of various
campus events and organizations
upon the residence atmosphere.
When asked why she
thought the terms pin-pointed
the advisor selection process,
director of student housing Mary
Risebrough hinted at a general
ignorance in senate of conditions
in residence, even though the
senate's specific-mandate is to
foster academic life at the
"They may have made some
assumptions with regard to the
way things are in residence," she
said. "I think that (co-chair) Dr.
Brunette was uncomfortable
with being put into the position
of questioning Housing policy."
Indeed, Brunette was as
reluctant as his co-chair
Forsythe to express confidence in
the committee's potential to
institute real
change. He was inclined, rather
to put the issue back into
Housing's hands.
"We certainly want to know
how students feel about the
conditions at the residences,"
Brunette said. "But sometimes I
don't think people are aware of
what can be done, for example at
the departmental level."
"They do already have a lot
of programmes where they
sensitize the counsellors," he
said. "I think the general view is
that the milieu is changing a
little, that things are getting
JULY, 1992—I spoke to
Mich Roy last night, a fellow
advisor (advisors tend to consider
themselves brothers and sisters
in arms). Mich agrees with me
that more rules and intervention
may ruin the unique experience of
dorm life: its mixing of sexes,
classes, and races, its sense of
But Mich had one of his
worst years at residence last year.
"My floor was pretty
strange," he said. "One night they
all got really drunk, put on
Depends undergarments and sat
around wetting themselves. They
thought it was just hilarious."
Well, Dr. Brunette, maybe
"the milieu" is changing. But
some of us counsellors have
become so desensitized we can't
tell the difference.
Perhaps you would be doing
us all a big favour if you and
your committee stopped waiting
around for letters, and actually
came down to find out what it's
like at rez. After all, a floundering bureaucracy dm xn't change
many diapers.
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But whose fault is it when
university residents fail as
models of intelligence and
Carl Cooper, residence life
manager at Place Vanier,
argues that several factors
spawn the animal life at the
"We get a lot of values
baggage and drinking baggage
from the students' home-towns,"
he said, "not to mention the traditions that are already here."
"Besides," Cooper added,
"much of what we combat is off-
rez, on other parte of campus. It's
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Woebegone under
the bridge
by Carol Farrell
ITS Chicago in the 1930's.
The setting is a rundown
hotel where three women, each
in separate bedrooms, lament
their lost loves, rejections and
involvements with bad men by
singing the blues.
Throaty wails ring tout in the
dark as the women belt out their
despair about men who have let
them down. *
Blues in the Night
Until September 12
at the Granville Island Arts
"Blues in the Night" is a jazz
musical written by Sheldon
Epps, directed by Bill Miflerd,
and which stars Lovie Eli,
Saffron Henderson, Alvin
Sanders and Sibel Thrasher*
Twenty-five original musical
numbers are performed, each
one kept alive by artists inspired
to sing the blues.
Blues has its roots in the
deep South, where it was used as
a way of coping and took the
place of tears.
The only man in the performance represents a living prop
for whatever the women's songs
require, whether it is slow and
sensual like "Willow Weep for
Me," or a pointedly sexual piece
such as "Kitchen Man."
He struts around the stage
in a zoot-suit, swinging his long
gold chain, with a vicious leer on
his face as he sings "Wild
Women Don't Have the Blues."
A four-piece jazz ensemble  -
accompanies the singers: Buff
Allen, drums; Tom Keenlyside,
woodwinds; John Parker-
Toutson, bass; and Lome Kellett,
Wearing felt hats and
suspenders, they sit, perched
behind dusty-red, faded velvet
bandstands, on a revolving
A round ball covered in
small triangular mirrors is
lowered from the ceiling and
prisms of light swirl around the
stage, creating a 1930s effect.
Lovie Eli (The Woman ofthe
World) and Sibel Thrasher (The
Lady from the Road), have voices
strong enough to rise above the
music from the band; however,
Saffron Henderson's (The Girl
with a Date) voice was, at times,
difficult to hear.'
"Blues in the Dark" played
to a packed house and was
sensually provocative from start
to finish.
This is Buffy's head
by Paula Wellings with Lucho vanlssehot
OKAY, so Lucho and I were having a slow
day. We were like bummed on the paper
scene and all, so, when this absolutely mythical
opportunity came spurting out of our totally
technical fax machine, we telepathetically
linked our cosmic aurae and knew in a
moment of all knowing that we were off to a
totally freehand awesome press screening of
So, like, what do you want to know?
Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Royal Centre Cinemas
Buffy (Kristy Swanson) is this
fluffy caricature of Barbie who finds out
she's not destined to be a buyer fof
Mary's, or even buy from Macy's fos*tha*fc-"
matter. Neither is she, like, destined ttf» ,'
be some happy homemaker for her smelly
jock boyfriend. **"       %
Oh no. \\
Buffy, cheerleader extraordinaire^fea   ,
genetically selected-for-spandex bo-ar, isWQdly
destined from the absolute commencSnenf "
time to stab ugly people with bits of timber.
Dont get it?
Have another look at the title, sunshine.
Buffy kills vampires.
It certainly wasn't like her idea or anything,
but life in Hollywood is like that.
I mean, she like certainly didn't plan on
dating Pike, the school nerd either.
Or, like, having her final vampire killing
scene at the high school prom.
Fm sure Pike (Luke Perry) didnt want to
drive around with Pee-Wee Herman's evil twin
riding on top of his van, reaching in his sun roof
But I tell you, make a teen-romantic-
comedy in Hollywood, and certain protocol
must be followed.
You know, I think the folks who made
had some like deep message for the world. I
mean, I was reading the press package and
Fran Rubel Kuzui, who directed the movie,
said, "If this film is about anything, it is
about believing in and accepting oneself. A
llayer is a person who believes in herself or
mself. If you do that, you can do anything,
ther ifs killing vampires, directing movies
ng a doctor, lawyer, spouse or parent. A
is a person who's not afraid."
at kind of trip is Fran on? Can I join
Meanwhile, Buffy, the Slayer, relived a few
Basic Instinct scenes, flexed her muscles at the
villains, and finished it all up by falling in
pn a mfcje positive note, Lucho liked the
f-*in«$hato§|*2s*Jtiy. Mostly, the film struck him
like a weti&h in the face, but he did adore the
sh&B of thetoaoon.
Stone mixes action, adventure and art
by Mark Nielsen
NOT many movies can claim
to have action, adventure
and artistic merit, but Scream of
Stone, the latest from director
Werner Herzog, is one of them.
Scream of Stone
Showing currently at Royal
Scream of Stone is a story
about mountain climbing and,
more specifically, the rivalry
between a grizzled veteran
mountaineer and a young
hotshot rock climber. Thus the
action and adventure.
(For those not familiar with
the difference, a mountaineer
focuses on high-altitude moun
tain climbs while a rock climber
concentrates on much shorter
but more Intense objectives —
usually on cliffs or rock
But, in characteristic Herzog
fashion, the movie is also about
obsession and the kinds of thing3
that drive some people to go to
the outer limits in search of
meaning. This is where the art
And while Fm on this
alliteration kick (i,e. action,
adventure, art) I may as well add
an fteh?"—as in Canadian
content Besides Canadian
financing—along with French
and German—Scream also co-
stars Canadian actors Donald
Sutherland and Al Waxman.
Unfortunately, their
presence doesn't help as much as
it could when it comes to another
"a"-word—acting. Thafs probably because they are limited to
secondary roles. Sutherland
plays a sports writer and
Waxman a New York City movie
The lead actors are Victorrio
Mezzogiorno as the mountaineer
and Stefan Glawacz as the rock
Although I don't know much
about Mezzogiorno, I know that
Glawacz is one ofthe world's
premier rock climbers in real life
as weil as in the movie.
Predictably, Glawacz^
acting skills are not even close to
being as strong as his climbing
abilities, and he's limited to
short one-liners "h la* Arnold
Schwarzenegger when on the
The real excitement is in the
The only thing that holds
the movie together between the
times they're on the rock, snow
and ice is the tension created by
the climbers' rivalry and their
climactic showdown.
Otherwise, we are forced to
sit and watch people running
errands, pontificating, burning
old pictures, and other symbolic
but not necessarily action-packed
Fortunately, the cinematography is great, making it a
perfect big-screen draw. And the
camera work, combined with the
climbing, makes wading through
the slow stuff worthwhile.
No one else will sing his songs
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by Rebecca Bishop
BEFORE a single word was
spoken on stage, eye
contact had been made with
almost every member ofthe
Doing a "travel song," he
made a brief journey through the
patrons' tables, wending between
chairs and outstretched legs,
periodically stopping to address
his harmonica to a particular
Rory McLeod
July 23
Rory McLeod is an entertainer of a rare cast. Much of his
time is spent roaming the world,
funded by the coins he earns as a
street performer. His travels
take him to roads and realms not
generally trodden by the average
One ofthe guest performers
on the stage during the evening
was a fellow musician McLeod
played with in Mexico.
Mariachi Love Song, which
they played together, is about a
man who asked their ensemble,
busking roadside, to come
perform then and there, for some
"friends." So, the ensemble
climbed into this man's truck
and were driven to a distant,
quiet neighbourhood late at
night, where they ended up
performing for the man's elderly
father and family, all roused
from sleep to listen to their
McLeod sings about his
family and the people he has
met—their lives, living conditions, and often the circumstances of their untimely deaths.
His music is inevitably political,
but more compassionate of
people's circumstances than it is
arrogant, which cannot be said of
much ofthe political jargon in
music today (what that there is).
A song about evictions
focuses on the lives of children
living in council housing in
England, McLeod's birthplace.
"When children starve in
peace time, it should be called
war." Children living in impoverished neighbourhoods have been
"born in a graveyard," for all that
their circumstances offer them in
McLeod said, "I sing my own
songs 'coz no one else will."
However, it would not be because
his songwriting skills are poor.
No matter their skill or talent,
no performer would do an
adequate job of duplicating the
way McLeod performs a song,
which is the essential part of his
music. He punctuates his
harmonica with his voice and the
rhythm of his steel-bottom plated
boots, drumming and stomping,
creating depth and texture
normally absent in solo performances. He plays his spoons on
virtually any part of his body,
and he adds curious new techniques to the realm of guitar
playing and singing, and nearly
everything he does.
McLeod probably would be
best described as a folkie, but his
performance defies being labelled
and simply becomes his own.
Originally brought, to
Vancouver by the Folk Festival
three years ago, his return to the
city has been a long time coming.
He had some new songs, some
old songs, and a seeming boundless amount of joy and energy
despite the hard subjects he
chooses to address.
McLeod sings love songs -
about the people he encounters
in near and distant places. I
expect his perpetual journeying
is spurred by a perpetual desire -
to meet the people who come to
populate his music. His performance Thursday night was a
delight to me, and at least the
other thirty odd people who were
dancing in front ofthe stage. The
rest ofthe seated audience
seemed to be enjoying themselves thoroughly as well,
judging by their participation in
repeated encores.
McLeod's music is generally
available at Black Swan, where
they will probably be willing to
pull out a CD and play it for your
listening pleasure; that, or
wander the world and bump into
him somewhere. Ifs a small
world after all.
Rory Mcleod sat Folk Fest 1990, looking much as he does today.
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Fucking negotiate:
by Ellen Pond
Most of us are living on stolen
After judge McEachern's 1991
ruling dismissing Gitksan and
Wef suwet'en ownership and jurisdiction over their
traditional territories, many non-First
Nations       people
seemed shocked at
the racism expressed
in the judge's statement. Nineteenth
century stuff, folks
It seems to me
this particular racism is pretty well en-
trenched in the
twentieth century—
the late twentieth
century—and one
place to find it is the
provincial courthouse.
White anthropologists often study
First Nations people;
it is time for those of
us who are white to
examine ourselves.
In May and June
of this year, the
Gitksan and
Wet'suwet'en   appealed McEachern's judgement; i
sat in courtroom 60 as often as i
could in order to witness the Injustice System at work.
The first day of the Appeal,
the Hereditary Chiefs organized a
rally outside the courthouse. Many
came down from Ihe territories;
wearing traditional regalia,
and Wet'suwet'en
about their
reasons for
taking the
government to
court. The
government has
refused to
and jurisdiction of
the territories (22,
000 square
which the
Chiefs have
never ceded to the crown.
A street theatre group mimicked the major players aligned
against the Gitksan and
Wef suwet'en Nations: the provincial government (using a double-
sided face of Vander Zalm and
Harcourt), the federal government,
the BC Business Council, Alcan,
the BC Mining Council, and others. The corporate interests entered as intervenors, or people who
make sure that all the arguments
supporting their interests get
heard in court.
In a truly bizarre twist, the
appeal judges appointed an
"Amicus Curiae* (Friend of the
Court) to cover any defense of
the province's recently revised position. Supposedly a neutral and
disinterested party, the Amicus
turned out to be the law firm formerly representing the Socred
government—and the one that
McEachern worked for prior to his
appointmentas judge. The Amicus
was thus also aligned against the
Gitksan and Wet'suwef en people.
Intervenors for the Gitksan
and Wef suwet'en include other
Tribal Councils, the Union of BC
Chiefs, and the AFN (Assembly of
First Nations).
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The first day, the Chiefs took
turns sitting in the court room because there were only three rows
of seats for the public.
I sat in court a few days later,
watching the five white male judges
who seemed almost asleep...eyes
lifting occasionally as they asked a
question or stated an opinion.
"It is common, when one thinks of Indian (sic) land claims, to think of Indians (sic) living off the land in pristine
wilderness. Such would not be an accurate representation of the present
lifestyle ofthe majority ofthe Gitksan
and Wet'suwet'en people who, while
possibly maintaining minimal contact
with individual territories, have largely
moved into the villages. Many of the
few who still trap are usually able to
drive to their traplines and return home
each night."
•judge McEachern, Reasons for Judgment, 1991, pgl3.
Groups of lawyers filled most of
the rest ofthe court.
I want to give my impressions
of several days ofthe case. I am not
"To the extent that aboriginal societies have always grown, to search back
for a pristine condition of
aboriginality, a Rousseau-kind of
sense of the noble savage, we say is
not consistent with how aboriginal
societies work. We would never do
that for our own society."
•Michael Jackson, lawyer for the
Gitksan and Wet'suwet'en, Appeal,
a lawyer; i am interested in the
ways the court process functions. I
mix importantlegai/political issues
with small incidents in order to
demonstrate some of the racism
that those of us who are white, like
me, should be aware and critical
of, in ourselves and in the systems
of power in this country.
One of the biggest assumptions underlying
the arguments of
the governments,
the intervenors,
and the Amicus, is
that there is one
way of being a
"real Indian". This
notion holds that,
historically, First
Nations people
were a certain
way, and if you (a
First Nations person) are not like
that today, then
you dont have any
rights. McEachern
based much of his
judgement on this
concept of frozen
Ownership and
jurisdiction then
disappear behind
a facade of deciding which activities are, to quote
appeal judge
"purely Indian."
"Logically, in defining the [aboriginal] right you would look to
the pre-contact times . . .
uninfluenced by- Europeans."
Thus, according to the crown,
as soon as contact happens (with
europeans), aboriginal societies
change, and those changes do not
represent "real Indian-ness"—
hence not a negotiable aboriginal
right. For the crown, the date of
contact is very significant.
The racist "real Indian" mentality "freezes" aboriginal societies at one point in time, denying
that societies change. Non-Native
Canadians often accept that we,
ourselves, can change, but expect
First Nations people to remain the
same. These arguments get played
out in court.
So at the same time that the
Gitksan and Wet'suwet'en are
presenting legal arguments, they
must address the racism that the
crown's lawyers, arid the judges,
bring with them to the courtroom.
To expose the racism in this
"frozen rights" test of aboriginality,
lawyer Michael Jackson argued,
"we would never do that for our
own society, we would never say
what is Canadian ... we would
never focus on a particular moment in time and say, there is the
essence . . . Aboriginal societies,
like all other societies... necessarily change and evolve." Or, as i see
it, my
did not
cars, but
that does
not mean
i am not
' related to
them or
am not of
Of the
five ap-
p e a 1
 ■ judge
seemed to understand the concept
ofunfreezingrights. Activities such
as berry picking, rather than restricting the definition of aboriginal rights to certain unchanging
practices, give evidence of owner-
July 30,1992 FEATURE
witnessing the Gitksan-Wet'suwet'en Appeal
ship and jurisdiction.
Once rights are unfrozen, it
becomes possible to deal with the
Gitksan and Wefsuwefen position—that the issue to be negotiated is the crown's claim to sovereignty of Gitksan and Wef suwet'en
So if we as non-Native people
stopped having this frozen test of
aboriginality, then we could get on
"The evidence suggests that the Indians (sic) of the territory were, by
historical standards, a primitive
people without any form of writing,
horses, or wheeled waggons."
•judge McEachern, Reasons for
Judgment, 1991, pg24.
with negotiating our future relationship with the Gitksan and
Wef suwet'en Nations. We could
get on with negotiating how we are
going to live on this land in a way
which respects the First Nations.
Besides being insulting and disrespectful ofthe FirstNations people,
holding First Nations people to our
concept of a "real Indian" is a plain
waste of time.
Since the change of government, the province has anew policy
and a new position which i got to
witness in action—and i am not
very impressed. The province now
accepts that blanket extinguishment of aboriginal title did not
happen in BC, but that remaining
title applies only to Reserve lands
(45 acres in the Gitksan and
Wef suwet'en case) and unoccupied
crown lands.
Such title exists at the pleasure ofthe crown and can be extinguished at any time without the
consent of First Nations people.
Any third party grant, like a mining license, a tree farm license or a
fee simple grant, extinguishes title.
This leaves almost nothing in the
territories with title, except a few
acres of reserves.
Further, all aboriginal rights
are subject to the laws of Canada
and BC (no self-government, this).
The rights are very low-level: they
are non-proprietary (i.e. not ownership) and only cover use and
occupancy of unoccupied lands.
Williams, counsel for the province, explained the policy as, "you
[aboriginal people] have got a
right to live somewhere on some
land and to cultivate a field and
go hunting and fishing and berry
picking..." We're back to frozen
rights. No acknowledgement of
ownership and jurisdiction.
One afternoon, i sat in court
and listened to the pontifications
of one of the federal specials—
Macauley. He would read out
statements by Department of Indian Affairs (DIA) Agents and
other not-wholly-to-be-trusted-
folks, and then make ludicrous
claims, inventing a white history
ofthe Gitksan and Wefsuwefen
with no reference to their own
Adaawk and Kun'gax (oral histories).
One incident sticks in my
mind as the most maddening.
Macauley read a few sentences by
Loring, Indian Affairs Agent in
the Babine (Wefsuwefen and
Gitksan territory), who wrote in
1901 that he no longer interceded
in many cases ofthe "cruel" custom of inheritance through the
mother. Macauley then stated:
"He is reporting apparently there
that the matrilineal system has
come to an end... it was one of his
duties to attend to that." An example, to Macauley, of changes
occuring in Gitksan and
Wefsuwefen societies which made
them non-aboriginal.
Judge Lambert was surprised
at Macauley's conclusion about the
end of matriliny. (No kidding.
When? Ifs
still going
on!!) And
on the virtues of patriarchy and
the sensible
         system    of
property the
DIA was imposing. And he refered to the
matrilineal system as a "trouble"
that Loring had to deal with.
Macauley seems enamoured of patriarchal things British.
The crown's arguments are
grounded in racism, and that
grounding needs to be continually
propped up. Part of crown counsel's
job, it seems to me, is to provide
white supremacist perspectives of
First Nations people. This reinforces the racism that we learn in
this society so that the scary positions taken by non-Native governments and courts seem sensible—
and backs up the folks making the
The smoothest talking lawyer
i encountered was Willms, working for the Amicus Curiea, the supposedly neutral Friends of the
Court. These folks did a great job
of presenting some of the more
racist material and arguments to
the court.
Willms was trying to prove
the Gitksan and Wef suwet'en societies were not organized until
europeans showed up and started
the fur trade. McEachern had accepted this finding.
Willms would quote all sorts
of people, early missionaries, 1920s
white anthropologists, 1960s white
anthropologists, and the crown's
one or two "expert" witnesses of
the 1980s (most anthropologists
like he was an expert who understood all the debates, and would be
kind enough to explain it to the
judges, except that some of the
information was just plain wrong.
Some of his analyses were also
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refuse to work for the crown) without acknowledging when they were
writing, or even sometimes what
they had been writing about. He
just took everything apart (part of
the legal process?) interposing
sentences on each other with no
original context. As long as somebody had said it, he would use it.
He did a great job of sounding
pretty peculiar.
He put forward the argument
that First Nations people at the
turn ofthe century were not really
serious about land. Instead, Willms
argued that missionaries made the
"Indians" (sic) claim land; he
thereby denied the ownership and
stewardship of the territories by
the Gitksan and Wef suwet'en
"We say that the extinguishment theories advanced by the Respondent and the Amicus amount to exceptions to the theft rule. The
criminal law upholds a fundamental injunction against theft ... Yet,
the extinguishment doctrines are all based on the taking of land or
resources which belong to another people without paying for them or
getting their consent."
"And I say, my lords, that the unspoken arguments in favor of
extinguishment sound in fears by non-Indian people and governments that recognition will cost too much money or will cause chaos
in the non-Indian economy ... But, my lords, the declarations which
the Appellants are seeking are not primarily about money. You have
heard submissions for a year and I don't think you have heard the
word "money' used. They are about respect, recognition, and survival
as peoples in relation to their land."
"Aboriginal title has nothing to do with England owning land, but has
everything to do with the fact that aboriginal people were the owners
of their homelands, before the assertion of Crown sovereignty. The
Appellants say that aboriginal rights to the land are neither derived
from Crown grants; nor are they defined by reference to notions of
English property law.. ."
•Louise Mandell, lawyer for the Gitksan and Wet'suwet'en Hereditary Chiefs, Appeal, 1992.
peoples prior to—and following—
And Willms further argued
that historic documents like petitions are not genuine forms of "Indian protest" (sic) because they
are "non-Indian."
This means, "Indian (sic) interest
in land was largely
artificial."     Yet
again, this argument is based on
racist ideas about
what really constitutes an "Indian".
The final bit of
non-wisdom from
Willms regards the
Feast, the central
economic, social,
legal, spiritual and
political institution
of the Gitksan and
Wef suwet'en Nations. The Feast
was outlawed by
white governments
from 1884 until
1951 and several
First Nations
people served time
in jail for dancing
or singing. However, the Feast continued and continues.
Willms said, using a 1960s white
anthropologist to
back up his statements, that the
Feast was maintained just so the
First Nations
people could claim
land against the
government. Tome,
Willms was trying
to make First Nations people look
like vindictive land grabbers.
The whole court room gasped
at his claims. Judge Hutcheon sat
up and harassed Willms, saying
the court had recently heard a
great deal about the Feast and it
had had little to do with boundaries.
Finally, Willms admitted he
couldn't explain that.
The court process requires
Gitksan and Wef suwet'en people
to explain, prove, and justify their
existence. Those of us who are
white are not in court explaining
our societies, although we are the
ones who have committed theft.
These court processes are a
continuing part of colonization on
the part of white folks, and part of
a continuing resistance by the
Gitksan and Wet'suwef en people.
However, it is non-Native folks
who are living on stolen land and
who need to negotiate with First
Nations people about our governments' claims to First Nations
The Gitksan and
Wefsuwefen Nations took the
provincial government to court
because it refused to negotiate with
them. The broader political issues
remain: non-First Nations governments need to fucking get down
and negotiate. Negotiate ownership and jurisdiction. Acknowledge
that First Nations people own this
province and we have to get on
with negotiating our place on their
land. Negotiate what we as non-
Native people are going to do to
compensate for a couple of hundred years of living on stolen land,
and what we're going to do next.
July 30,1992
THE UBYSSEY/9 the Ubyssey
July 30,1992
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Everything wu buwiM u usual until Charlie Gillie exclaimed, "Hay collegiate cmirades V mine, is it tut time once again
for the majestic annual fireworks dit^tleyTr
"Yeemh," Carol FarreU reacted both enthusiastically and provocatively. "Let's goP
Kick Hiebert was disenchanted with the parking ablation but refused to be in a bad mood. Dunn. Martin Chaster cheerftilly
handed ovw|6 for theprivikgeoftanpoi--aryveUdepls
unl*»— *ava»ynn*> dn-w th-w trmtiti--m«l hri-rtg^m.tha.flww»-arif i-itaia] involving ahai-p painty thi*ng»i**n-p->Kng that nirni lawn,' TWk
Birfiop insisted. This completed, Sem Green led the way (utilising non-hierarchical and non-authoritative methods, of course),
singing, "I would walk 600 miles" lmtil we arrived. She encouraged Ellen Pond to mask any ill thought out plana to be sociable
and join the much larger anticipatory throng of people.
1 need to use a washroom," a pamc-stricksn Lucho van Isschot complained, squirming restlessly, Graham Csmsron chimed
in a heart-rending "ma too" wtach prompted the pair to begin th«r t-anporal pilgrimage. On the way, they passed one of Bob
Kealrm^tho-apy groups in sessusn, aiidjonediiLTn^ Nadene Behnby, impatient now,
yelled out, "Start the damn show, yon faeristeiT Oblivious to the shouting, Chrissy Johnston was busy rounding up supporters
fir her latest cause—for ths Figfc* Largs Sarthworma Who Make it Difficult to at Down on Oraas During tha Night (<r
FLBWMDSDGDN). Yukie KnrahsAi had already wawled into h*r sle«|angbag, only to be wakened bylood bangs and applause.
IVt okay,' Helen WillowBee Price assured har, It's only the soundofonehanddapping.'IH-.uUstoodpuaaled, but not far long*
fhT.+ «*n^imt].^»|rihnprmhinid If TTglassasfls simjiiis Dianne Rudolf thought, "We stand tranqp-rWted, ttran-rtnnad even."
Follywog, har telepathic kindred spirit, answered, "More like transposed into Beethoven's ninth symphony." Yeah. Wow.
Meaiiwh^ Haoli, CarU laOaAechuk and Kobh-an BoaAtree obee^
couldnt resist leaving. "What is thirrt What an we doingr was the theme. Michel listened as Francee poignantly embellirtM-i
"WaVeinthenudstafathrongofpeoplewhoeqjogr wat*Uiing things Uow up in the sky. Scary," she obsenwd. Ted Young Ing, the
Byronk hero of our lot, would not even leave his dwelling until he knew that the last flaming cmspit had dissolved into e
nothingness that would restore the strange, yet familiar, night sky. He had purpoeely missed iLnu^BAHtvonsaring the svsx*
might have had -"—■■»hiwa- to do with iL Jama*, p-ige.
FranoM Foran • Samantha Oroon • Yuki* KurahaoM
Lucho van toachot • Paula Welling*
How much does a person need to earn to live?
According to the Canadian government, a paltry
$20,000 a year will suffice. According to the
ultra-right wing Fraser Institute, the figure
should be much less.
According to doctors in BC, the sky should be
the limit.
The recent decision by seven Nanaimo doctors to opt out of the medicare system and the
continuing job action by doctors across the province demonstrates that this privileged group in
our Bociety is interested in nothing more than
clinging to and abusing its power.
The doctors are fighting the BC government's
proposed Mil which calls for the capping of doctors' medicare earnings at $300,000 per year.
Other health care workers—the majority of whom
are women—are much further down on the economic ladder. Surely if the government chooses
to cut wages from essential services such as
medicare, the cuts should be taken from the top,
not the bottom.
A doctor in BC can safely expect to earn
somewhere in the range of $100,000 per year in
net earnings. Doctors work hard, provide a very
important service, and deserve a decent wage.
But, as women have always known, hard work is
rewarded according to its social worth. Under-
valued labour such as child rearing and housework have traditionally been non-paying jobs.
Traditionally, doctors have been highly paid
because their profession is dominated by educated, and therefore upper class, white men. The
fact that most doctors do not bring in $300,000 a
year shows that their resistance to the wage cap
is about maintaini J their social status, not just
their income bracket.
This, of course, explains why both the media
and the government are paying so much attention to the doctors. In society and in this dispute,
the doctors have a disproportionate amount of
money and power to safeguard their interests.
Using the threat of withdrawal from medicare in
a $750,000 advertising campaign is truly hypocritical : The disputing doctors are inciting fear in
the people who most need doctors' services but
are least able to defend the right to affordable
and accessible health care—the ill, the poor and
the elderly.
We must rethink the way we remunerate
people for their work. By at least capping wages
at the top we can slowly rectify the income imbalance within this and other industries.
I am writing to express
my displeasure with the advising I have received at
U.B.C. over the past three
years. On May 4th, 1992 I
received a letter from the
Senior Arts Advisors Office
informing me that I had not
met requirements for
graduation. After further
investigation, I was told that
I was deficient three credits
of third or fourth year general Arts course work. The
university administration
maintains that it is totally
my responsibility to ensure
that I meet the requirements
as outlined in the calendar.
I have two complaints.
The first being that I applied
for graduation in early December of 1991 and was not
informed of the deficiency
problem until three weeks
prior to graduation. Receiving this information at such
a late date meant it was impossible to rectify the situation in time for graduation.
Had I been informed prior to
the beginning of the second
winter term I would gladly
have picked up the course I
Other universities require students to apply for
graduation in September of
the year prior to their expected completion, and by
November they receive written confirmation that they
will indeed graduate, pro-
The Ubyssey welcomes letters on any Issue. Letters must be typed and are not to exceed 300 words In length. Content which Is Judged to be libelous, homophobic, sexist, racist or factually Incorrect will
not be published. Please be concise. Letters may be edited for brevity, but It Is standard Ubyssey policy not to edit letters for spelling or grammatical mistakes. Please bring them, with Identification,
to SUB 241k. Letters must Include name, faculty, and signature.
viding they complete the
courses they are currently
enrolled in. If there are deficiencies, they are informed
while there is still time to
rectify the situation. I find
myself wondering if the
U.B.C. administration is
simply so utterly incompetent that it feels a need to
cover itself by refusing to
commit to an assessment in
My second complaint is
that on August 22, 1991 I
met with my departmental
advisor to discuss my
planned courses for the
Winter 91/92 term. At that
time I was told by the advisor that it was not necessary
for me to take the second
semester theatre course I
was enrolled in, rather to
drop it and make sure that I
took a three credit English
literature course, and I
would be eligible for graduation. Following his advice
on September 9, 1992 I
dropped the course through
the Telereg system. I visited
him again at the start ofthe
second term in January to
confirm that I did not require any additional credits.
He assured me I did not.
With reference to this
fiasco, I would like the administration to illuminate
for all tuition-paying students just how far it requires
us to go in doing the work of
the counselors and advising
staff who are paid to provide
information. It seems to me
that by double-and triple-
checking I took measures
that should constitute reasonable
responsibility on my part.
The university calendar
states on page 79 that students must consult a faculty
advisor in determining then-
course of study, and yet the
student is held 100% accountable for the ramifications arising from such advice. This disclaimer allows
me to think that the requirement of advice is superfluous and contradictory.
This situation has
caused myself and my family considerable stress. My
plans for professional employment have been put on
hold, and my debt load is
increasing with every bureaucratic mistake UBC
makes. Students have no
recourse in these situations,
and besides throwing my life
into chaos, it seems to me
that reforms need to be made
so that an institution of
higher learning is at least
expected to handle paperwork efficiently.
Alison Hill
Don't fence
me in!
At a time when University Endowment Lands
(UEL) firefighters are earning 25 percent less that other
BC firefighters, the Wreck
Beach Preservation Society
(WBPS) views the spending
of thousands of dollars of
public monies on an "architecturally-designed" fence to
separate Wreck Beach from
the UBC campus as the
height of extravagant folly.
The 6-foot high finial aluminum picket fence is being
constructed on University
property directly across from
the head of Wreck Beach
Trail 6 and has been ordered
by Campus Planning and
Moreover, the major
underlying assumption behind erection of the fence is
insulting to taxpayers and
international visitors to
UBC's campus, Campus
Planning alleges that most
summer crime is caused by
Wreck Beach users; hence,
the fence!
In 1979 when UBC in
its arrogance, demanded use
of concertina barbed wire at
the tops of cliff fencing to
prevent people erosion, the
WBPS was able to discourage authorities from that
scheme when it was pointed
out that many Wreck Beach
users are UBC students who
could have been seriously
injured trying to scale the
July 1992...use of picket
points whether they be finial
or not, merely to separate
UBC from Wreck Beach reflects a total disregard for
public safety is quite another!
Judy Williams
WBPS Contract
Japanese Canadians responding to
anti-Asian racism in the 90s
at the 1992 Powell Street Festival
On August 1st, the Powell Street Festival will be
addressing the changing faces of anti-Asian racism
with a screening ofthe award winning film "Who Killed
Vincent Chin"—directed by Christine Choy and Renee
Tajima, at the Firehall Theatre 1:00 pm-2:30 pm, followed by a panel discussion from 2:30 pm-4:00 pm.
Admission to the film is $3.00 by donations and the
panel is free.
In light of Canada's 125th birthday and 500 Years
of Resistance (Columbus' arrival in North America),
Japanese Canadians have found it increasingly necessary to strategize against the different kinds of anti-
Asian racism ranging from anti-Japanese businesses to
the continuous stereotyping of Japanese culture.
Drawing from the audience participants as well as
panel members speaking from their different experiences in the community, this dialogue will provide a
space for Japanese Canadians to emphasize the ongoing struggles and survival of Japanese Canadians. The
panel members are Tane Akamatsu, Janet Hirakida,
Tasuo Kage, and Judy Nutley.
For more information contact Jennifer Tana-mi at
The Ubvssev Advisory Board
(to be formed by August 19.1992)
The Advisory Board will examine and make spedflc
recommendations to The Ubyssey, and will -amidst ofthe following
(a) two members ofthe AMS student council;
(b) two members of The Ubyruey collective;
(c) two students at large;
(d) three representatives from on-campus student
(e) two representatives from off-campus, non-profit
(f) two professional joumaiisu.
Interested people pleas* visit the Ubyssey office, SUB 341K.
July 30,1992 O PINIONS
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Festival misses mark
by Graham Cameron
It was almost seven in the
evening and the Earth Voice Festival was an hour behind schedule,
but no one seemed to mind.
Ten, maybe twelve thousand
people were sprayed^mt in d fan
before the mainstage awaiting Blue
Rodeo. This was the main event;
this was what everyone had been
waiting for.
And we weren't disappointed.
Following on the heels of standing-
room-only performances by Bare
Naked Ladies, 54-40, and Spirit of
the West, Blue Rodeo enthralled
us for almost an hour. Everybody
was dancing and smiling. Obviously, we were getting what we
had come for.
Earth Voice
Seabird Island
July 24-26
Then, all too soon, it was over.
The band finished their encore. The
roadies packed away the instruments and unplugged the cords.
And the people streamed away.
But wait a second. A quick
glance at the schedule* indicated
four more performances still to go
before closing. Where were all the
people going? The show wasn t over.
Unfortunately, for about
ninety percent ofthe people there
the Festival was over. They had
come for the bands and left when
the music ended.
The only things left were a
speech by a Native member of Joe
Clark's constitutional committee,
a talk by a Native Elder, and a
powerful performance by a Maori
dance troupe from Long White
Cloud (aka New Zealand). Nothing
very interesting; to many it was
just more "Indian" stuff.
That was my impression of
the entire Earth Voice Festival.
The vast majority of-people went to
Sea Bird Island for a party weekend, not to take advantage of the
"educational" aspects offered: the
Native speakers, the traditional
Pow Wow, the panels on Ancient
Rainforests and Ancient Peoples.
Throughout the festival we
were reminded that we were the
guests of the Stalo people and
should respect both their land and
everyone else present.
Yet, every morning as we
emerged sore and stiff from our
tents, our first vision was not the
morning light playing on the surrounding mountains, but the sight
of hundreds of discarded beer
Not that the organizers didn't
screw up as well.
For instance, the schedule
handed out to each ticket holder
was printed on glossy, non-recyclable paper. And the food concessions handed out thousands of
meals on disposable styrofoam
Best of all, however, were the
Earth Dollars: the official, nonrefundable, Earth Voice currency.
Undoubtedly conceived as a way to
guarantee the Festival received its
share of revenues from the food
and craft booths, they were immediately condemned by most people
with whom I spoke as unnecessary
and insulting.
As Bare Naked Ladies said,
directing the crowd's attention to
the beautiful, tree-covered mountain behind us, "We could clear-cut
the whole thing and print more
Earth Dollars."
And the Earth Bucks weren't
even very effective anyway. Right
from the start a black market of
sorts sprung up with many of the
craft and food vendors selling at a
discount if people used cash.
The important point, however,
is that the festival made an effort.
The Native peoples ofthe West
Coast once again welcomed our
white society onto their land and
into their culture in an attempt to
prompt dialogue on an individual
Once again most of us white
people were uninterested. Who
wants to miss Spirit ofthe West to
go listen to some Native Elder talk
about 500 years of resistance of
oppression and genocide?
For most of us ifs a rather
unpleasant topic. Maybe if we continue to ignore it, ifll simply go
And who wanted to be inside
some tent listening to a panel discussing our rapid destruction of
the ancient rainforests when you
could be out getting a quick-tan
under the ozone-free skies?
Many of us missed a
Michael Seymour of tha YaklmaStalo nations displays his vibrant
traditional regalia used to dance the "Sneak-up" and "Crow-hop" at the
Pow Wow of the Earth Voice Festival.
Celebrating Indigenous resistance
La Quena coffeehouse hosted its seventh annual
fiesta last Sunday, honouring 500 years of resistance
by the Aboriginal peoples of North and South America.
by Chrissy
Since the New
World was "discovered" by Columbus in 1492, there
has been very little history written
by Indigenous peoples. The fiesta
featured several speakers from
Cuba, the Gitksan, Wef suwet'en
and Lil'Wat Nations to speak of
their histories and struggles.
Ron Dan of the Lil'Wat De
fence Fund said, "We came [to the
La Quena Fiesta] to let people know
  of   our
for justice and
freedom. We want to make people understand why we had to blockade.
"Canada is breaking its own
laws since there are no treaties
existing. The Lil'Wat peoples still
own their territory, Canada has no
jurisdiction over our people and
our resources."
Miche Hill, a Micmac First
Nations woman from the
Vancouver Status of
about the
that    sys
t e m i
e r s
Mayan peoples of Guatemala,
Vancouver folk singer Sylvi sang
of oppression, and Ancient Cultures performed music of the
Rascaniguas, a Honduras-
based band, combined contemporary Latin American
rhythms with traditional
folk elements to create
music that had everyone dancing.
An information
area consisting of local organizations and
solidarity   groups
supporting the fiesta
included representation from the B.C
Coalition for Abortion   Clinics,   the
Lil'Wat Nations Defence Fund, Vancouver
Rape Relief and several
other groups.
The La Quena fiesta was
a huge success due to all of
the time and hard work put in
the volunteers and sponsors.
to be broken down.
"The Canadian justice system
does not help First Nations
Women—it destroys them," Hill
The fiesta also featured a wide
range of musical performers. First
Nations performers included Jenni
Biege and Rick Patterson, who sang
of Native culture, Willy Thrasher,
an Inuit folk artist, and the Lil'Wat
Kin Lalat played contemporary and traditional music of the
Vancouver fofc artist, SyM, give* voice to the oppressions of peoples as she sings to the crowd gathered
at La Quena Resta, Sunday afternoon, at Grandvlew Park.
July 30,1992
New AIDS resource
centre established
by Lucho van Isschot
Vancouver Persons With
AIDS (PWA) Society, the Positive Women's Network and AIDS
Vancouver have pooled their resources to form the Pacific AIDS
Resource Centre.
In an effort to improve upon
services, the three organizations
have moved into a shared office
space in downtown Vancouver.
The Pacific AIDS Resource
Centre, located at 1107 Seymour,
opened its doors on July 2.
"There are a lot of people
who already access both PWA
and AIDS Vancouver services.
For instance, people may use the
food bank at AIDS Vancouver
and the peer support services at
PWA It just makes sense to have
us all in the same building," said
Paul Levine of AIDS Vancouver.
"Now we're really starting to
appear like a united front," Levine
"There is no merger happening here, but the fact that we
share office space makes our work
easier. The idea is that if someone with AIDS comes to see us,
they won't have to go to three or
four doors around town. Now everything is centralized."
While remaining autonomous, the three organizations will
share office space, office equipment, a phone system and some
administrative duties.
According to Mark Mees of
AIDS Vancouver, all three organizations are growingrapidly and
the creation ofthe resource centre will necessitate hiring more
staff and volunteers.
"The intent, however, is not
to have this building be solely for
these three groups. We would
like to see space made for other
organizations to come in on a
[temporary] basis, or even to set
themselves up permanently,"
Mees said.
"For example, there is talk
about having a needle exchange
program set up an outreach
project here," Mees said.
According to Levine, the
centre will make an effort to keep
in contact with other social and
community groups, and to refer
people to those groups when necessary.
AIDS Vancouver i s currently
working on an Asian AIDS
Project and is looking into a
programme that will service the
needs of First Nations peoples.
Meanwhile, renovations are
being done which will provide
wheelchair access to the upper
floor of the centre, and training
space for staff and volunteers.
S O C I t T Y
Services available,
volunteers needed
The Vancouvei- Persons With
AIDS Society branched off
from AIDS Vancouver in 1986
to provide specifically for the
needs of PWAs or people who
are HIV positive. PWA provides self-empowerment, advocacy and peer support by
and for PWAs.
Walk for AIDS, to Ik; held
this year on September 27.
provides the major source of
funding for PWA. The 10km
walk around the Stanley Park
Seawall brought out 1000
people and raised $:«)0.000
last year. If you would like to
participate in the walk, pick
up registration forms at any
Starbucks outlet, or at the
new AIDS resource building
on Seymour Street.
Services provided by AIDS
AIDS HelpLine (6S7-AIDS)/
Man to Man: An AIDS Prevention Project for (Jay and
Bisexual Men/Resource Centre,AIDS In The Workplace
Program/Buddy Program/
Speakers Bureau/Lay Counselling and Advocacy/Refer
rals Directory Financial
Counsel ling'Emergency Assistance Fund/Equipment for
loan such as wheelchairs,
canes, and walkers/AIDS
Vancouver Food Bank Service
Support Uroups:
Body Positive Drop-In i run in
conjunction with PWA Society;  for persons with  HIV'
Partners & Friends
Families & Friends
Coping With Loss and
To find out about volunteering at AIDS Vancouver, attend Xew Volunteer Information Nights, held on the first
and third Tuesdays of every
month, at H pm in the AIDS
Vancouver office. Call 687-
AIDS for information.
Look for next ueek 's feature on
Women and AIDS in
Vancouver for more information on the Positive Women's
Net.icork and other resources.
m wm
11! i; i [
and the Summer Session
Students' Association
Live Bands
Mon - Fri. 12:30 -1:30
July 29i
July 30i
July 31:
August 4i
August 5i
August 6i
August 7i
August lli
August 12i GOOD VIBES
SUB South Plaza
Inside SUB (if raining)
Bring your lunch and a friend
Free feature
film series
7:30 PM, IRC #2
July 30,1992


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