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Friday, 18 November, 2005   THEUBYSSEY
Flattering Austen adaptation with delicacy
PRIDE AND PREJUDICE
Tinseltown, Park Theatre
by Meredith Hambrock
CULTUREWRITER
The cinematic adaptation of a
classic book too often disappoints. Look at the first Harry
Potter movie, Charlie and the
Chocolate Factory, or The
Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy-
all three managed to enrage even
the most loyal of fans with
glossed-over details and disappointing characterisations.
It's safe to say that director Joe
Wright has achieved the unimaginable, havrng'treated a fantastically satisfying film version of
Pride and Prejudice that still
manages to ring in at just over
two hours. Considering the quality of the six-hour BBC version,
especially in comparison to every
other loosely based adaptation,
it's hard to believe that
scriptwriter Deborah Moggach
could possibly touch on every
important storyline in a third of
the time. But she succeeds with
flying colours.
While the characters were perhaps a little too obviously played,
the cast conveyed the famous
Jane Austen wit with true poise.
Kiera Knightely, the most passionate Elizabeth Bennet we've
ever seen, brings a fiery spark to
the role—it's hard to leave the
theatre anything less than totally
in love with her character. While
we miss out on a few of-the
more loveable Fitzwilliam Darcy
moments, we see enough of the
character (played by Matthew
MacFayden) to grant him the
honour of Elizabeth.
The scenery is unrivalled and
only   enhances   the   complete
splendour of the filmmaking, the
cast and the costume. Almost
everything seemed to be on par
with the book; it seems as if Joe
Wright only used his artistic
licence to enhance the overall
beauty of the tale. The film did
well in the box office this weekend, grossing 2.9 million (US) in
limited weekend release. The two
Saturday matinees at Tinseltown
were sell-outs; expect the film to
continue its success with wide
release on November 23rd. II
I shall not be moved by this ploy for an Academy Award
WALK THE UNE
Opens today
by Meredith Hambrock
CULTUREWRITER
Let me be frank: if you are not a
Johnny Cash fan, you probably
won't enjoy Walk the Line, the
new film chronicling the life of
the award-winning country music
star. I'm no Cash-hater, but I am
most definitely Cash-ignorant,
and although, the acting and the
music,- bravely performed' by the
actors themselves, is fantastic, the
Cash-life presented here just isn't
that interesting.
Sure, the details that Walk the
Line depicts could be fun for a
music history buff: Cash toured
with Elvis, wrote a letter to Bob
Dylan on an airsickness bag and
played a show in Folsom Prison.
However, the rest of the movie
chronicles and inevitably overemphasizes his drug problem, as do
most Oscar-hungry blockbuster
biographies, which unfortunately
renders the entire plot short-lived,
dry and boring.
On the flipside, this movie is a
triumph for Joaquin Phoenix,
who finally steps away from previous roles in action movies
(Gladiator, Ladder 49) and
proves himself to be one of the
most versatile actors in
Hollywood. Reese Witherspoon
doesn't do a bad job portraying
June Carter as the strong woman
she appeared to be. She and
Phoenix both worked with what
they were given and the acting
does not leave anything to be
desired, If your love all things
Cash, sit back and enjoy-Joaquin
sounds just like him. H
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18 November, 8pm
Hear some amazing singing by
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19 November, 8pm
The best African guitarists in
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20 November, 7:30pm
Tickets still can be scrounged
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20 November, 3pm
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Asian Centre, UBC
21 November, 12pm
Professor Andrew Mack speaking on The Human Security
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Damien "Jr Gong" Marley
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19 November, 9pm
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Friday, 18 November, 2005
Vol.LXXXVII  N°20
Editorial Board
coordinating editor Jesse Marchand
coordinating@ubyssey.be ca
news editors Paul Evans <§d Eric Szeto
news@ubyssey.be. ca
culture editor Simon Underwood
culture@ubyssey.bc.ca
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volunteers Liz Green
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Bedroom rock for the ballroom
Heralded by horns, the return of Broken
Social Scene eclipses past performance
BROKEN SOCIAL SCENE
Commodore
November 13
by Quinn Omori
CULTUREWRITER
The last time Broken Social Scene
(BSS) dropped in on Vancouver it was
a boys' night out the lack of brass
and estrogen made for a severely broken sounding scene, the end result
being one of the most disappointing
shows of that year.
The band was back in town last
Sunday, and although Emily
Haines, Amy Milan, and Leslie
Feist were still nowhere to be
found, new BSS'er Lisa Lobsinger
was representing for the ladies,
backed by a full horn section and
Julie Penner on violin. Sure,
Lobsinger doesn't have Ms.
Haines' stage presence (give her
time) or Feist's pipes (who does?),
but even while standing mostly
stock still her go at 'Anthems for a
Seventeen Year-Old Girl* may have
been the highlight of the night.
Opening with the as-yet-unre-
leased, "Jimmy and the Photocall,"
the band also threw in six tunes
from their "released in 2002, but
made every best-of 2003 list*
sophomore effort, but stuck to
numbers from their latest, self-
titled LP for the bulk of the set.
"Almost Crimes" was a predictable
crowd favourite, but the newer
numbers also shone.
Dave Newfeld's claustrophobic
production is brilliant on record, but
songs like "Superconnected" and
"7/4 (Shorelines)" really take off
when they have some room
to breathe in a live setting. "Ibi
Dreams of Pavement" may also be
the only song in the BSS catalogue
that can follow the slow burn of
"Lover's Spit," itself given some new
legs with an homage to Doug and the
Slugs, of all bands, in the coda.
Maybe it was the new material,
or maybe it was the additional
players, but the thing that really
set this performance apart was the
fact that they looked like they were
just there to have fun.
The last time BSS graced a
Vancouver stage, founding member
Kevin Drew was foil of apologies:
"sorry about the lack of ladies, sony
ANTHEMS FOR A SEVENTEEN YEAR-OLD GIRL... are anthems applicable to all. quinn omori photo
about the lack of horns, sorry, but
we've been touring forever." They
looked tired. They sounded tight, but
something was missing.
Last night they looked like the
Broken Social Scene they were
conceived to be: a bunch of friends
from Toronto and Montreal who
got together to play music together, just because they could.
Vancouverites should feel fortunate that they still can. a
Ben Lee's got the girlies in the coop like the colonel's got the chicken
BEN LEE WITH MADISEN AND
NEW BUFFALO
Richard's on Richard's
November 11
by Jackie Wong
CULTURE STAFF
November: a month fraught with cold
weather, five o'clock darkness, and
the fact that the only holiday in the
month celebrates the armistice. The
melancholy sobriety of this time of
year leaves your hollowed-out self
searching for a serious kick in the
sun-pants, preferably in the form of
lace dresses, flowers, and musicians
from Australia reassuringly crooning
about how beautiful the world is and
how fundamentally lovely it is for you
just to be here. Friday's show at
Richard's on Richards featured all of
these things in a triple-dose of heavy-
lidded glow-pop, proving once again
that while music isn't hugs, a Ben Lee
concert is the next best thing.
We caught openers Madisen
near the end of their set Struck by
the extreme depth of guitarist Matt
Clarke's dimples that cut like a
knife into his already-chiseled jaw
line, my friend Aaron and I spent
most of our time standing like deer
in the headlights of his megawatt
smile instead of paying attention to
the music, perhaps with good reason. While their music was a bit too
mall-issue for our interests, the
next act, New Buffalo, made up for
any lack of innovation in spades.
Clad in a high-collar Victorian lace
dress, white stockings and red lipstick, Sally Seltmann, the one - aan
act that is New Buffalo, arrested the
stage with a guitar, keyboard, and
iPod looping her own vocal and
instrumental samples. Delivering a
gorgeous smattering of bejeweled,
kaleidoscopic gem-pop, New Buffalo
was hands-down the bravest most
dynamic performance of the evening,
and I could have easily gone home
happy if she had headlined the show.
I was so captivated by New Buffalo
that I didn't notice the assemblage
of Backstreet Boys-esque fan-girls
arranging themselves by the stage,
clutching bouquets of flowers for Ben
Lee. It was a little awkward, as it
became quickly apparent that their
love (featuring slack-jawed ogling
for the entire duration ofhis set) was
not our love (reveling in the fact that
we're suckers for honestly-crafted
pop  music).   However,  when the
crowd erupted in excited screams as
The Man Himself took the stage, I
realised why Claire Danes was once
so smitten, and why the scads of barely-legal fans occupying the dance
floor were now so in love. A winky-
eyed, curly-haired moppet of cute
with an entourage of smiling, winky-
eyed band mates to back him up, Ben
grinned among the flowers tied to all
the mic stands and cut into his set with
"Begin/ a favourite track from his
latest album. Awake is the New Sleep.
Such was the start of a tremendously generous and humbling set
that felt like the biggest smile and
deepest breath we'd taken in weeks.
There were flowers everywhere: the
bouquets that fans had brought were
thrown back into the audience, and
Ben would shower his bandmates
with the rose petals through their
performance. Ben finished up with
an acoustic rendering of "Naked,"
wandering through the audience,
over   speakers,    and   along   the
bar  countertop.   I  don't  care  if
Pitchforkmedia says that Ben Lee is
"like the class moron who turns out
to be developmentally disabled": I'm
a sucker for this boy, and I think it's
because he's unafraid to be bullied
by indie media howlers for the
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UBC isn't in Vancouver, it's in the Greater Vancouver Regional District's
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and he/she can also serve on the TransLink board. This is the only directly
elected GVRD board member. We can vote for Vancouver school board too.
Who can vote?
To vote, you must be Canadian, 18+, and have lived in BC for 6 months and
in Area A for 30 days. You'll heed ID and/or bills to prove this.
When and where?
Vote at SUB or U Hill Secondary on Saturday, November 19, 8am-8pm.
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Tupac's campfire strut
BOARDS OF CANADA
The Campfire
Headphase
Warp Records
by Jackie Wong
CULTURE STAFF
"This album makes me think of being
a kid in Manitoba/ a good friend of
mine said to me. "I don't know why,
but it reminds me of running
through snow banks with my brothers, and the flat bleak land out there
full of Aspen trees.*
The CampSre Headphase, the
third album from Scottish brothers
Mike Sandison and Marcus Eoin,
delivers Boards of Canada's trademark brand of heady, sun-baked
soundscapes that bend and oscillate into one another like beads in a
kaleidoscope. What makes this
album unique, however, is that it
contains a markedly brighter sound
than previous efforts, etched with a
curiously affecting knife-through-
heart delivery of remarkably nostalgic aural imagery.
Insistent opening guitar hooks of
"Chromatey Dreamcoat" elicit memories of the view from the backseat of
your dad's car when you were six,
the road immense and treelined as
you motored by. The introspective,
richly-gemmed chromatics of "Hey
Saturday Sun* conjure a curiously
Canadian landscape seemingly motivated by the same fascination with
hoser mythology for which Caribou's
Dan Snaith is known.
Contrary to what their band name
implies, Boards of Canada has distinctly Scottish roots, and understanding their sound as a presentation of Canadian auralities demonstrates the ease with which a listener
(in my case, one from Canada) can
insert themselves in the gossamer
sound-narrative that Sandison and
Eoin so intricately stitch together in
The CampBre Headphase.
All 15 tracks on the album are
carefully arrayed in a strategic constellation of numbers that bleed
into one another in a wash of sea
foam and blurry photographs. The
astonishing, paint-by-numbers intuition and attention to technical
form that spins through The
Campfire Headphase renders a
refreshing, thoughtful, and innovative record worth all of the anticipation surrounding its release.
This is an album whose striking
versatility sings out the jangle of
bright autumn sunshine while it
warms up its listeners burrowing
indoors from the November cold.
Long after the hyped-up, record-
release bonfire dies down, The
Campfire Headphase will leave a trail
of glowing embers in its wake, smoldering through the fall as one of the
top albums of the year.
TUPAC: LIVE AT
THE HOUSE OF
BLUES
Death Row Records
by Trevor Gilks
CULTURE STAFF
Tupac: Live at the House of Blues is
Tupac Shakur's 13th album since his
death in 1996, and his second Hve
album this year. So before we even
play the album, it's clear that this is
probably yet another grave robbery
by the formerly triumphant but currently pathetic Death Row Records.
And it gets worse: this isn't even a
Tupac concert The album cover is a
picture of Tupac with "featuring
Snoop Dogg* written discreetly at the
bottom. However, it turns out this
was actually a Snoop Dogg concert at
which Tupac was the opening act.
The "star* of this album is only on
nine of the album's 25 tracks.
The motivation (or excuse) for
releasing this album is that it stands
as Tupac's last ever performance. It
took place at House of Blues on July 4,
1996—two months before he was
gunned down in Las Vegas. Of
course, nobody knew that this would
be his last performance, so there is
none of the extravagance of a farewell
show. And apparently there isn't
even a good recording of it The voices are clear enough, but the beats are
almost completely drowned up by the
noise of the audience. At one point,
Tupac disses east coast rival Nas and
announces that he's going to "whoop
his ass with his own motherfucking
beat,* but the music is so unclear I
couldn't even tell which motherfucking beat Nas was getting his ass
whooped with. It wasn't until I looked
it up that I found out it was "If I Ruled
The World (Imagine That)" from Nas'
It Was Written.
One of the more unfortunate
aspects of gangsta rap is the fact that
every rapper has a small posse of dismal hangers-on. Eminem has D12,
50 Cent has G Unit, and here we get
Tupac's Outlawz. The Outlawz awkwardly and obnoxiously shout in the
background and make it even harder
to hear what sounds like a solid performance. Not even the crappiest of
production can holster the excitement of Tupac's energetic, scary
growl, but what this album needs less
than anything else is "yeah, Tupac
y'alT and "put your hands up" being
barked in the background.
In the nine years since this show,
Tupac has died and become legend,
whereas Snoop has lived long
enough to become a haggard, pathetic joke. But on Live at the House of
Blues, a hungry 25-year-old Snoop
leaves Tupac in the dust The sound
isn't any better for Snoop's half, but
he's clear, fast, and sharp. At first hsten he can sound la2y, but he's cooler, subtler, and more dexterous
(albeit less passionate) than Tupac.
The second half of Live at the
House of Blues similarly suffers
from the presence of Snoop's lackluster The Dogg Pound Gang, but
unlike the Outlawz, DPG members
Daz Dillinger and Kurupt are at
least talented enough to get their
own turn on the mic, and the rest of
the time they mostly let Snoop fly
solo without interfering too much.
For casual hip-hop fans, the most
this album has to offer is an amazing but poorly recorded performance by Snoop Dogg at the top ofhis
game. But, even if you are a casual
hip-hop fan, and that is what you're
looking for, there are better place to
find it.
For die-hard Tupac fans, there is
httie if anything of interest. Even the
inter-song chatter is on autopilot,
save a few amusing disses at his east
coast rivals (he claims to have made
love to Notorious BIG's wife Faith
Evans, and calls himself a "Bad Boy
Killer"). The tracklist features a few
tracks that were not officially
released until after his death, which
may thrill some hip-hop historians,
but "How Do You Want It" and "2 of
Amerikaz Most Wanted" are the only
big hits included.
Death Row Records was the
label behind almost all of the gangsta rap hit records of the early and
mid-9 Os —including those by
Snoop, Dr. Dre, and Tupac. But Dr.
Dre and Snoop Dogg jumped ship,
Tupac died, CEO Suge Knight went
to jail, and the label hasn't had a hit
album since 1996. So now, after a
few years of trying and failing to
make stars out of new talent, they
give us this out of desperation. A
plea for money that contains nothing new, nothing that contributes to
Tupac's legacy, and nothing that is
worth listening to more than once
or twice out of curiosity.
THE VERTICAL
STRUTS
The Vertical Struts
Pop Echo
by Nick Fontaine
CULTUREWRITER
I hate the state of pop music today.
Honestly, who actually likes it? Your
15-year-old TNA-wearing Usher-
junkie sister? With all this apathetic
garbage floating around, it's a wonder anyone even turns the radio on
anymore. Unless your radio's tuned
to CJSR FM88 in Edmonton, that is; if
that's the case, you can feast your
sedentary musical taste on the
Vertical Struts, the heavy-handed
razor blade sound ready to kick
your ennui to the curb.
The unlikely duo who make up
the Struts is about as yin-and-yang
as their musical style. On one
hand, there's rapid-fire-fill anar-
cho-homosexual drummer Trevor
Anderson, a man determined to
show everybody how hard a gay
guy can kick ass ("I want these kids
to know cocksuckers can rock," he
told Edmonton's See magazine).
He's counterbalanced by self-proclaimed girl-kisser guitarist/vocalist Raymond Biesinger, a take-no-
prisoners musician that pushes
and shoves his way right to the
edge of his genre, whatever the
hell it might be.
As a duo, these two have put
together a raw, visceral, rush-
packed self-titled album, just
released this month. The stark and
jarring contrast between tracks on
this disc should be more than
enough to wrest any White Stripes
addict out of their misery. The CD
blasts off with the super zinger
"Stab, Stab, Stab", a jerky, rough-
edged psycho of a song; from there,
the album rims headlong through
the hectic punk-a-billy yelping of
"Fun Is Not Fun" and the stop-start
romp "It's Just I Gotta Know," then
screams to a bloody halt for the two
closing rock lullabies "Waterloo*
and "Field and Stream," a pair of
warm, dark, country-style odes.
This album is a Canadian indie
gem; Biesinger's vocal style is a
spicy pastiche of Mick Jagger, Pete
Townsend, and maybe even a Httie
Joe Jackson, and his guitar work is
gritty and unpoHshed, frenzied and
tireless. Trevor Anderson's rhythm
suits the sound just right, screaming
along at an adrenaline pace; sHding
back into a whispering drum line for
an underwhelming baHad tone.
This pair of electric Albertans
paint a strangely vintage aesthetic
doused in flame; in fact, every facet
of this band contains some sort of
dehcious dichotomy, which is why
it's so fun to put this album on in the
first place. Anyone looking for a
soundtrack to Hsten to while they
burn down the house and dance in
the embers should blaze a path for
the nearest indie music shop. It's
flavourful, spiky pop-rock laced with
soulful slow dancing—more importantly it's a hell of a good time.u
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In 1996, the Canadian government
released a statistic stating that First
Nations women in Canada are five
times more likely to die from an act
of violence than Canadian women of
non-First Nation ethnicity. According
to Amnesty International's Stolen
Sisters report released last fall, little
has changed in the past nine years.
Despite Amnesty's findings in
2004, Canada has not made any
"substantive changes based on
[Amnesty's] recommendations from
lastyear," said UBC women's studies professor Deanna Reder of the
report.
On November 2, in an attempt to
remedy this, Reder and a group of
UBC students, in conjunction with
Amnesty International will present a
panel of speakers to discuss the
topic of violence and discrimination
against First Nations women in
Canada in an effort to bring this
long-overlooked issue to the attention of students on campus.
Speakers include Ernie Crey,
Storlo leader, prize-winning author,
and President of United Native
Nations and Geni Manual, program
manager of Choices, a social program dedicated to assisting First
Nations women who have survived
abuse. Skundaal, of the Downtown
Eastside Women's Centre will also be
there to introduce her two elders,
Harriet Nahanee and Reta Blind, two
front-line workers for the missing
women of the Downtown Eastside.
"It's not often that there's a meeting of community and academy,"
said Reder. "It's exciting because it's
not purely an academic event There
will be people there that are dealing
with this violence everyday."
According to the Amnesty report,
violence against First Nations
women persists in Canada largely
due to apathy and ignorance at both
the civilian and government levels.
The Stolen Sisters report, which
chronicled the disappearance and
deaths of nine First Nations women
in Canada over a 30-year time span,
exposed a shocking prevalence of
racism, sexism, violence and injustice against them. According to the
report, this problem has been long
present yet persistently ignored by
the Canadian legal system.
Even though it succeeded in initiating a number of social programs
aimed at supplementing the staggering lack of social support for female
survivors of abuse in First Nations
communities, according to subsequent reports by Amnesty, there still
remains much to be done.
The panel will be speaking at 3:30
pm, Tuesday November 22, in the
First Nations Longhouse. Admission
is free. t&
—with files from Jesse Marchand
HARMONY AND INTEGRATION: Lou Demerais raises awareness of the link between culture and well-being, bryan zandberg photo
Coordinating good intentions: The Vancouver Native Health Society
by BRYAN ZANDBERG
Lou Demerais talks with his
hands, and his hands seem to have
a lot to say. He's a calm and well-
spoken Cree from the Prairies,
who has been working on
Aboriginal health in Vancouver for
the last 15 years.
I'm speaking to him in his
upstairs office at the Vancouver
Native Health Society's (VNHS)
walk-in medical clinic at 499 East
Hastings Street, where he works as
the executive director.
Anyone who has ever passed
through the Vancouver's troubled
Downtown Eastside (DTES) has
glimpsed what Demerais knows
first-hand: First Nations are tragically over-represented in the
neighbourhood. For Demerais and
other concerned individuals, this
reality is something they are determined to change.
"We didn't think that anything
good was going to happen for our
people...within the area of health
until those of us who were interested in the health field got ourselves involved," he explains.
When they first started working in
the DTES, the diagnosis for the health
of the Aboriginal community was
grim. "There wasn't any specific
place for Aboriginal people to go in
Vancouver to have their health needs
looked after," he says. "Some of those
peoplc.were telling our doctors that
they hadn't seen a doctor sometimes
in as many as 20 years."
The unique thing about the
VNHS is their approach to healing
and social services, which has
turned out to be a working formula for drawing in patients that fell
through the cracks.
"We try as best as we can to
approach problems in a more
holistic way so that we can better
get at root causes of things,"
explains Demerais. 'Although,
that's Teally difficult to do, because
nearly everyone we deal with here
has been affected by all of the root
causes that there are."
He lists the root causes as follows: poor education; lifelong
unhealthy eating habits; troubled
§Bmoty backgrounds; euvironmen-
talfectors; Jack off housing; the legacy of Canada's residential school
policy and ^chronic ixeaMh situations. He adds that the ensemble of
health and welfasess issues Jfatiwes
face is undeapinned by poverty,
pointing out that 4he Jewels of
ittffi&th .amongst JSiborigiaal people
in jgenesal in Canada are "way, way
below n^aonal norms."
Right now, the VNHS runs a
handful of programs that try to
counteract the health issues faced
by Aboriginals both in the DTES
and the rest of the city, including
HIV/AIDS, diabetes, mental health
and addiction problems. They are
also running an Early Childhood
Education service.
Several of their programs have
been lost along the way, including
one that helped people who suffered under the residential school
system. The program was dealing
with residential school abuse
through a treatment combining
psychotherapy and traditional
healing practices. Unfortunately,
just as many of the patients were
opening up and disclosing stories
of what faad-happened to them, the
landing was cut.
'And if you understand any of
that/ says Demerais, 'people who
have just recently disclosed are at
their most vulnerable."
Be is certain the effect of having their treatment cut ishtort was a
damaigCTig experience for patients,
but he has no way ofinowing, as
many of tibem disappeared hack
info the city once treatment was
no longer there.
When asked iff now, years after
the last off the .residential schools
have been dosed down, there is
still a need for these jaorts of programs, Demerais -responds without a roonsenft's hesitation: '13h,
there's a tremendous need fox
that. 1 mean, at the root of most
our problems  is  the  residential
school experience."
And when asked if the clinic
offers a holistic approach right
now, Demerais has the following
to say: "We try to. It isn't always
easy, because we can't always
develop the kinds of things that we
need to be able to develop to .make
that happen. What we're trying to
do is work within the Aboriginal
community in Vancouver to pull
various elements of care together." His vision, and the vision of
many others working in similar
outreach efforts is to see a more
coordinated        approach to
Aboriginal health services within
the community, even if that means
letting certain services like traditional healing come under the
umbrella of other groups.
Visions for the WEES don't
always lit so weU together.
Demerais says there is pressure to
be 1O0 per cent Aboriginally
focused, but he doesn't agree wife
adopting that tactic.
"I don't see it quite that cut and
dried," he says. "Our philosophy
has been from the beginning that
no one gets turned away who
needs help, and we don't care
about the colour*rfyour skin."
Walking through the busy wait-
ing room onni^w^ into see him, 1
saw for myself proof off this principle in the sumiber of white people
sitting amid Native patients. VNHS's
inclusive approach to health—the
belief that no racial or ethnic .group
suffers to the exclusion of others in
the DTES—has won the group praise
and distinction from various corners. This year, the City of
Vancouver chose the VNHS as most
deserving of their annual Cultural
Harmony Award.
The VNHS does try to add an
Aboriginal perspective to other
efforts in the area, however.
"Keep in mind that on the
whole Aboriginal people have very
different value systems, that we
come from very diverse histories,
and whether people want to accept
it or not, we come from cultures
that have developed for many,
many years," says Demerais.
That means approaches to healing need to be particular, taking
into considering cultural differences. Demerais says some off the
bigger issues he wants his community to confront are addictions
:and anti-social behaviour. As for
nan-Aboriginals, looking at these
social realities as outsiders,
Demerais tries to give them a better perspective on whatit's like for
Aboriginals living in the area: "All
off those people hurt the same as
you and I do. All of those people
have had, at one pointer another,
dreams that maybe didn't go anywhere; all of those people were
children at one point; all off those
people want to be^ood parents."
"In their own way, they want to
contribute something, hut livery
just don't know how because no
one's ever had any faith that they
could contribute."
"When you apply what happened overall with the residential
school experience, you'll find so
much of that creeping into
today's...middle-aged generation,
because there are still things that
hold many of us back. It's almost
like, on the one hand, there's the
strident attempt to maintain some
cultural underpinning to everything that we do, and on the other
hand there's still all that guilt that
was passed on by nuns and
preachers and everything else that
was associated with residential
schools.
"Somewhere between those two
things, many of them {residential
school -victims] were scarred by
many things that happened. And
they've put themselves in shells.
And when you put yourself in a
shell, you don't grow. And iff you
don't grow, you die."
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thingthe VNHS wants to promote, to
foster health and Jhea&ng to
Mnaa^sEais in Vancouver.
"I think that the overall job that
we have to do is to try and nurture
people so tibatth^ begin to -ednxost
he reborn Irom within, in some
way utilising whatever is left off
their cultures," he says. "That's
what we're siboot." 3£ fi First Nations Supplement
Friday, 18 November, 2005
THE UBYSSEY
Friday, 18 November, 2005
First Nations Supplement 7
Re-revealing traditional art in a non traditional space
An international students first visit to the Museum of Anthropology
by MUNISHA TUMATO
As I perused the UBC catalogue from
South Korea just four months ago, I
couldn't help but imagine a campus
life characterised by manic all-
nighters, shared beers in campus
dives, and the occasional, inspirational wander through the Museum of
Anthropology [MOA].
The unfortunate reality is that by
the end of October I was still uncertain as to the whereabouts of said
museum—it was time to track it down
and see what I'd been missing.
What I found was a spectacular
institution that houses pieces of
British Columbia's unique culture
and history, skillfully amalgamating modern technologies and
ancient stories.
"The prevalent idea is that there's
not much that changes out here, but
actually we do have a lot going on,"
says Jennifer Webb, communications
manager for MOA. The biggest change
will come sooner than expected. The
museum recently fast tracked plans
for a major renovation, setting their
sights on a January start date. The renovations will include the creation of a
substantial new 6,000 square foot
temporary exhibition space, as well as
a separate office building.
The museum is bringing in an old
hand to design the new spaces.
Renowned Canadian architect Arthur
Erickson, who drew the initial sketches for the museum design in 1976, is
in charge of realising the new structures.
The museum's Great Hall is a good
example of the Erickson approach.
Huge, organic and open, housed by
soaring ceilings and walls of windows, the museum pays homage to
the post-and-beam architecture of the
First Nations of the northwest coast of
BC. Home to a vast collection of awe
inspiring totem poles, the Great Hall
exemplifies the notion that a space
can be as artful and historically significant as the pieces it houses.
Lyle Wilson started at the begin
ning of the summer with a fresh, raw
piece of wood. In the Great Hall, surrounded by towering, exquisitely
carved totem poles and people
milling around soundlessly, stopping
occasionally to watch, the MOA artist-
in-residence works painstakingly on
the piece. Everyday he sits, earphones
in place to ward off distraction, chiselling and buffing a story out of the
wood. He will be finished soon, and
then he will start a new piece, adding
his modern rendition to the collection,
of ancient pieces sitting in the Great
Hall. People returning to the museum
over time are able to watch the
process unfold as art is coaxed out of
the ordinary by skilled and patient
hands.
Aside from the spectacular display
of totem poles, canoes and feast dishes in the Great Hall, the museum also
has a series of online exhibits, current
exhibits and lectures throughout the
year. Until December 31 you can
check out the particularly noteworthy
New Acquisitions exhibit, an exten-
ARTIFACT: The Museum of Anthropology houses 35,000 ethnographic objects and 500,000 archaeological objects—all you have to do is cross the road, yinan max wang photo
sive collection of artifacts representing diverse cultures from around the
world. The museum spent close to six
decades building this mass of fascinating functional art and the exhibit
includes treasures all the way from
Nunavut to the South Pacific.
I  can  remember being  at the
Museum of Fine Arts in Montreal and
I can even vaguely remember it being
spectacular. However what I remember most clearly is nearly being de-
limbed by an overzealous security
guard when, besieged by child-like
wonder, I attempted to touch a table
standing magically on a million, swaying feeler-like legs. Fully acknowledging that a 23-year-old prone to fits of
child-like wonder is a Httie strange, I
nonetheless felt that the guard's
actions were a httie excessive. While
you can't necessarily touch things at
MOA either, I sensed none of the pretension that other museums sometimes exhibit alongside their pieces.
"There's a kind of psychological
barrier along Marine  Drive,"  says
Webb, "but once they do get here,
If you—like me—are sick of monot-
admission is free and we have a beau-     onous study halls and .wallowing in
tiful building for people the just come
and hang out." Students are welcome
to wander,  read or study on the
grounds of the museum, says Webb,
which are situated along the cliffs of
Point Grey overlooking the mountains
and the sea.
bad posturedom in front of a computer screen; if you're craving beauty or
you want to actually see some of the
stuff you're probably reading about,
the museum's a great place to start.
Trust me, it's worth the psychological
trauma of crossing Marine Drive. $fc
Re-evaluatina First Nations Literature at UBC
by JESSE MARCHAND
For the 44 students registered in
English 476, the opportunity to read
First Nations hterature may seem as
much a part of the department curriculum as any average Shakespeare
or Milton survey course. But it wasn't
long ago that the Department of
English didn't teach any First Nations
hterature—and they certainly weren't
the only department in Canada in neglect. And according to ENGL 476
Professor Lorraine Weir, there is still
much more to be done.
"The creation of the First Nations
studies program at the undergraduate
level in the faculty of arts is a beginning," said Weir. "But it's a program
that is trying to address many different needs all at once with a very limited budget and relatively restricted
opportunities in terms of hiring."
According to Weir, what we see in
the humanities at UBC and across
Canada generally is a catch-22
situation. There are very few First
Nations-focused classes taught,
because there are very few professors
who specialise in First Nations studies, and there are very few professors who specialise because there
WEIR
are very few courses
in which this training is supplied.
English 476 is
one step toward
rectifying the situation. Created in
response to a student petition calling
for First Nations
content within the
English Department, the class was
first taught by Margery Fee, who also
took over the chair position of the
committee that created a major and
minor in First Nations studies at UBC.
This year's class, taught by Weir,
has a focus on contemporary First
Nations writers in North America.
There is also a strong emphasis on
writers from BC.
"A lot of people tend to focus on
the kinds of hterature survey courses
that reproduce the sense they
already have that hterature is dead,
that most writers are dead, that great
writers have been dead a long time
and there are no writers actively in
our midst," said Weir. "Focusing an
Aboriginal writing course on contemporary writers, many of them
writing here  in this  geographical
area, sometimes surprises people.
They're not used to having writers
come into their classroom."
"It's very important that the only
course that one of the largest English
departments in Canada offers in this
area reflect what's happening now,"
she added.
"But this is not to say knowing the
history isn't important," added Weir.
"Working with contemporary writers
isn't severing them from the history,
it's recontextualisation of the history."
Since the debut of the First Nations
Literature class as well as the introduction of the First Nations Studies
program in 2000, First Nations Hterature is starting to pop up in other
classes outside of the First Nations
title in both historical and contempo-"
rary Hterary form. Many Canadian
studies classes now have a First
Nations component or a full First
Nations focus.
Deanna Reder, one of only two
Metis women at UBC to attempt completion of a PhD in the Department of
EngHsh, said that before she met
Margery Fee, the writing of First
Nations was unheard of at UBC.
"Until Margery, I had never read a
book with Native content [at UBC],"
said Reder. "You
internafise that feeling that there hasn't
been anything that
good."
Along with the
lack of First Nations
coverage, Reder also
noticed a lack of fellow First Nations
students in her
classes. "For my entire BA, my entire
MA, I never had a fellow EngHsh student, that I knew, who was
Aboriginal...or saw or knew of any
Aboriginal Hterature profs."
Since her time as an undergraduate and graduate student—when
First Nations studies were obsolete—Reder has now moved onto a
PhD in Indigenous autobiography
in Canada. But she is one of few to
reafise this goal.
"There are First Nations students
in education and law but in the
humanities there are very few
Indigeneous scholars...or even scholars who can mentor First Nations students," said Rader.
"Getting a PhD in some version of
Literary studies in English has not
been typically a high priority I think
for young Aboriginal students going
through the system," said Weir. "And
there are really good poHtical reasons
and socio-economic reasons for that,"
she said, adding that English departments of the past sadly played a role
in residential schools, assimilation
and colonisation.
But students like Reder demonstrate that there is hope for the fiiture
of First Nations Hterary studies in
Canada.
"There is going to necessarily be a
shift," said Reder. "Emotional conflict
in [First Nations] classes that don't
seem logical...a lot of it is trying to
resolve this lack of knowledge or
invisibility of Aboriginal perspectives
and reahties.
"There's a huge emotional part of
this work, it's not a simple knowledge
deficit There's emotional work to be
done," added Reder.
And while Weir is happy with the
small changes that are happening in
current Canadian Hterature classes at
UBC, she would like to see First
Nations content further institution-
aHsed into the humanities at UBC.
"We've been starting somewhere
for the last 40 years and having done
a really good job at starting we need I
think to get on with it in a much more
organised way."
Reder agreed, stating that English
departments in Canada need to take the
time to re-evaluate their departments
in terms of First Nations content
"Anthropology 20 years ago had to
examine their discipline and admit
the power dynamic as white ethnographers as authorities and
Aboriginals as research subjects,"
said Reder. "It's this decade that
English departments have to
change."
And even though many of the current teachers of First Nations
Literature are Caucasian, Weir
beHeves that this can and will change.
"Of course it's controversial for a
white Euro-person to be teaching a
First Nations course. I think that's
self-evident and I think in the next ten
years while there will still be people
with my background and training
working in this area there will cer-
tainly be more and more Aboriginal
people with PhD's in the field front
and centre teaching these courses.
And I think it's really important that
the institution and the people in
these fields now contribute to that
transformation." *
"STY-WET-TAN"
The Great Hall in the Longhouse was given its name to reflect the spirit of
the west wind and to welcome people from all four directions. Last night the
Hall was host to the UBC First Nations Student Association's Coffee House,
which featured singing, dancing, and friendly faces—everything that "Sty-
Wet-Tan represents. Contact fnhltemp@interchange.ubc.ca to find out when
the next event is scheduled, yinan max wang photo
Creating a community
on campus
First Nations Student Association hopes
to achieve a permanent place at university
by PAUL EVANS
Creating a strong, vibrant and permanent community for First
Nations students is what the
recently created First Nations
Student Association (FSNA) hopes
to achieve.
"Our top priority is kind of just
opening the. world for the First
Nations students. We want the students to have a community," said
FNSA Vice-Chief Amber Shilling.
"We want to promote the long-
house as a home away from
home."
It is this strong community,
explained Shilling, that will serve
as an important support base
when the association decides to
expand its scope and delve into
political issues on campus and
advocacy efforts.
Currently, however, FNSA must
tackle the pressing problem of
limited funds. The association's
only source of revenue right now
is through fundraising, said
Shilling.
"Being that we don't have any
funding, we have our work cut out
for us," she said. "We're looking at
giving ourselves a little more legitimacy... so we can find a legitimate
way to get some funding and some
assistance from UBC."
Shilling explained that the association is currently designing itself a
logo. She said that this is part of a
larger effort to permanently estab-
Hsh the association, adding that permanency is a very important goal as
it will provide a recognisable First
Nations student organisation in the
UBC community.
Alma Mater Socitey President
Spencer Keys commented that
groups like the FNSA are important to giving First Nations students a voice on campus.
"I'm glad to hear about First
nations student society and I think
that perhaps that provides a new
opportunity for those movements," he said.
"Institutional support and
institutional drive can only go so
far/ said Keys. "For the advancement of Aboriginal issues at UBC
Vancouver, a well organised and a
grass-roots First Nations group is
crucial to making sure that these
issues are at the fore-front of students' minds." ^
BC's own Kashechewan
Gwayasdums to receive water treament plant in two years
by ERIC SZETO
Substantial progress  was  made,
said to  Chief Bob  Chamberlain,
after a meeting with Canadian officials  about the  ailing village  of
Gwayasdums Wednesday.
For the past seven years, the
Kwicksutaineuk-ah-kwaw-ah-mish
First Nations viUage—located just
off the tip of the northeastern
coast of Vancouver Island—has
been receiving shipments of bottled water because their local supply is contaminated with saltwater from the ocean.
Furthermore, all the houses
where the now 40 permanent residents live have been condemned
and are unlivable because of the
decay and black mould that
entrenches the interiors of most
of the houses.
Although Minister of Indian
and Northern Affairs Andy Scott
has committed to building a water
treatment plant in two years,
Chamberlain felt thiat more was
needed to address the immediate
problems.
Chamberlain contended that,
"it's been seven years since we've
been bathing in salt-water and two
more is unacceptable."
Both sides eventually agreed to
begin looking immediately at having barges ship huge volumes of
water to their reservoir. Efforts
would also be put forward to
acquire a portable water purifier,
similar to the ones used by
Canada's Disaster Assistance
Reponse Team (DART), to provide
the village with a self-sustainable
source of water until the treatment plant is completed.
But that may take more than six
months, he said.
In addition, all the houses will
be replaced. The most deplorable
houses will take precedent,
explained Chamberlain.
Chamberlain   said   that   five
trailers will be deployed onto
vacant lots in early January to
accommodate those worst off.
According to Communications
and Consultation Advisor at Indian
and Northern Affairs Canada
Christiane Cote, there is an added
sense of urgency for this village
because of the upcoming season.
"The winter is coming, and the
housing conditions cannot be left
as it is and everybody is .aware of
this," she said.
However, Chamberlain said
that this urgency should not be
driven by the time of year. This
has been an urgent matter since
2000, he stated.
"What's a life worth? It doesn't
matter if a band has five members
or a two thousand there's still a
fiduciary responsibility," said
Chamberlain, responding to the
attention the federal government
gave to the recent Kashechewan
incident in Northern Ontario,
where almost 2,000 people had to
be relocated because their water
was infected with the E Coh virus.
Chamberlain attributed the
recent events in Kashechewan as
one of the ways his band has been
able to get the attention from the
government.
Gwayasdums faced a similar situation where all the children have
had to be relocated because jt was
deemed a health risk, he said.
Dorothy Hawkins, a former resident of Gwayasdums said that she
moved from the village a year ago
because it was too unhealthy for
her five children.
"They were in and out of the
hospital with respiratory problems, chest infections, ear infections pretty much the whole
month of October [2004]."
She said that since she's moved
she doesn't really worry about it,
but may consider moving back
one day if the water situation is
dealt with. $£
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where I seen a shadow run away
and the sun raged on your skin.
The water swirled and the blood rushed to your
as they let loose cutting words
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roared with the river cutting through Ihe moimtai&s;
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banks of cold
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your arms pushed down my hands.
Spit sprayed from your bloody face.
You said promise me, promise me this never leaves,
this never leiaves this place
The walls of the canyon roared with our silence.
Ashamed, with our eyes cast down to the ground,
I caught your tears on the rocks, trying to disappea*i\
trying to hide. M   i
Shooting Angels
Early morning, trucks are rolling
Oppenheimer Park is closed.
Cloaked in grey skies,
Cloaked in vacant eyes from suburban bus windi
The smack of skulls on Powell Street Walls
Echo west towards Main.
Breathing dusk and dusty boarded shops,
This town could use a fix.
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SpHtting open Kanata.
Eating clouds and breathing fire,
A stirring, waking chimera
Whose serpent's trail has begun.
Oh Canada
Oh Canada
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Our home and Native land
Sticks on backs, lines oniines
bringing iron down on Sesh,
never hlinks the C^<$pps's eye
with spikes in hands ofiward west;
hound for the setting sun.
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Oh Canada
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Our home and Native land
Steaming, hosing through jgold mountains
crows passing over heanl. -
the steafy grip of bui!&^ Nations
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Two Worlds Colliding
A National Film Board of
Canada Production
by MEGAN SMYTH
When I watch the news and learn
about all the horrible discriminatory treatment received by citizens
Hving in less fortunate areas of the
world I feel lucky that I am a citizen of Canada.
After watching Two Worlds
Colliding I realised that not all
people Hving in Canada are free
from discrimination.
Night had the courage to come
forward with his story, which
eventuaHy prompted one of the
largest internal poHce investigations in Canadian history.
Saskatoon poHce admitted that
these "dropoffs" had been occurring
since as far back as 1970.
Two Worlds Colliding, directed
and written by Tasha Hubbard,
tells the chilfing story of Night's
ordeal and the subsequent legal
investigation.
As a child I was always told to call
the poHce if I was ever in serious
trouble. But after watching this movie
it's hard not to wonder if I would
trust the poHce if I were a member of
the First Nations community.
TYvo Worlds Colhding is the story
of a series of deaths in Saskatoon.
Darrell Night, a First Nations man Hving in Saskatoon in January 2000, left
a party that was being broken up by
poHce. He was picked up by the poHce
and driven to the outskirts of town.
Pushed around, abandoned and
left for dead in -20 Celsius weather,
Night survived the ordeal, but it turns
out that others were not so lucky.
Just days later the bodies of Rodney
Naistus and Lawrence Wegner were
found frozen outside of town in the
same area where Night was abandoned. Both were First Nations.
Hubbard's use of sweeping winter
prairie landscapes leaves you feeling
cold and alone, and tries to come
close to reenacting the horrific experiences of those left to freeze in the
cold Saskatoon night
The footage of Night displays a
grown man who still experiences
fear when remembering the details
of his ordeal.
As a director Hubbard does not
forget to include both sides of the
story. Scenes from the internal
police investigations are interspersed with the stories of the family
members trying to deal with the
deaths of Naistus and Wegner.
Emotions run deep in this film and
the repercussions received by the
poHce officers involved with Night's
case left me doubting the justice system of my country.
The movie is a truthful and gritty account of the injustices suffered by First Nations individuals
at the hand of one of the most
trusted and established institutions of Canada.
Two Worlds Colhding should be
acknowledged by more Canadians-
it's time to stop sweeping these
issues under the rug. $& THE UBYSSEY   Friday, 18 November, 2005
Sports 9
T-Birds take CIS title
by Megan Smyth
SPORTS EDITOR
The UBC men's soccer team came
home crowned as the new CIS
national champions last Monday.
University of Prince Edward
Island hosted the tournament that
was due to begin on Thursday,
November 10, but was delayed
due to extreme winds and heavy
rain.
"It was the same for everyone,
and it was for the best," said coach
Mike Mosher. AU teams decided
they did not want to risk playing in
the adverse conditions and decided to proceed with games on
Friday. "Three games in three days
is difficult," commented Mosher,
adding that the team was able to
step up to the challenge.
The guys came together and
according  to  Mosher  the  team
thought let's "just find a way to get
this thing done."
And that they did.
UBC's first game was on Friday
against the Montreal Carabins.
This proved to be a battle to the
finish as both teams were fighting
hard in order to advance.
After a 1-0 win for UBC against
Montreal, the Thunderbirds went
on to play the University of Prince
Edward Island Panthers on
Saturday. Again the game ended in
a 1-0 victory for UBC, placing the
T-Birds in the gold medal match
against the Toronto Varsity Blues.
Tensions ran high in the final
match. UBC showed their teamwork and pulled off a 2-1 lead. The
Thunderbirds opened the scoring
in the first half with a goal from
Ben DeCosse and foHowed up with
a winning goal from Niko Marcina
in the second half.
Nineteen ninety-four was the
last time UBC won the men's soccer title at the national level. This
year's effective defense and powerful midfielders contributed to
the overall strength of the team.
After Christmas the team wiU
take to the field again to work on
their development, competing in
games against local and US teams.
"We've got a pretty short, yet
intense schedule, now it is time
for the guys to enjoy what they've
accompHshed," said Mosher.
As reigning champions next
year UBC wQl be up for a different
challenge. "We know we're going
to lose a few players next year,"
remarked Mosher. Next year UBC
will lose Steve DeBlasio, Dave
Wong, Darren Prentice and Jon
PoH due to graduation.
UBC has been a successful team
not just because of their fine show-
KICKIN' IT: T-Birds grab gold, yinan max wangajbyssey file photo
ing at the national championships,
but due to something bigger.. "The
long term commitment, attitude
and the hard work of the coUective
group," dating aU the way back to
November 2004, has been the key
to the Thunderbirds' success, stated Mosher.
The players wiU now be able to
focus on upcoming final exams,
and wiU return to the field in the*
new-year. "We have to look ahead
because we host the national tournament in 2007 and we know for
sure we'U be in the tournament,"
said Mosher. U
NCAA status still far in the future for UBC
by Megan Smyth
SPORTS EDITOR
Rumours have circulated recently
on the impending entrance of UBC
athletics into the US NCAA league.
Director of Athletics and
Recreation Bob Philip has met
with the NCAA, but at this point in
time has only had one meeting
with the US organisation.
Currently UBC competes in the
CIS, a Canadian league and the NAIA,
a mixed American and Canadian
league. Some sports that are not
offered in these leagues compete in
their own sport specific leagues.
"We're basically just trying to
say that we're offering opportunities for Canadian athletes to get
the highest level of university competition and at the same time be
able to offer athletic awards," stated Philip.
Providing the best possible
experience for UBC athletes and
dissapointment with the operation
and rules of the CIS has prompted
the athletics department to look
for other options in recent years.
"The university has been looking
at improving itself and improving
its ranking in the world—the goal is
to be the number one university,"
commented PhiHp. "We're trying to
find the best level of competition we
can for Canadian athletes so that
they'U stay in Canada and can play
for UBC and compete," he added.
The NCAA might be the answer.
CIS regulations have strict caps on
the amount that can be spent on
scholarships for athletes. The NCAA
does not have these regulations. If
UBC were to change over to NCAA status, then hopefully fewer students
would leave Canada for the elusive
scholarship opportunities offered at
US universities.
"Why shouldn't athletes be able to
find a place in Canada? Of course the
the NCAA and their application
was rejected due to the bylaw
against foreign schools.
"We've met with the NCAA and we
have been given some reason to suspect that the NCAA may change the
bylaw, but more likely would look for
some other way to accept foreign
schools," said PhiHp.
UBC would be interested in
applying for Division I status,
which requires at least seven
men's and seven women's teams
to play within the league.
"We certainly do compete quite
well in some sports within NCAA
Division I," noted Philip. During exhibition play UBC has the opportunity
to compete against US schools currently in the NCAA league and the
UBC chose to enter the NAIA for
a variety of reasons, one or them
being the relatively short time
frame necessary for fuU eHgibifity
in the league.
"The process in the NAIA is a
lot quicker than the NCAA, and
there are a variety of reasons for
that. Obviously those rules apply
not just to us because we're a foreign school; they apply to any
American school that would apply
as weU," stated Philip.
UBC's entrance into the NAIA was
only a one-year process. If we were
allowed to apply to the NCAA and if
we did apply and if the appHcation
was accepted, it would be probably
six to seven years before we would
actuaUy be   competing  unencum-
rules in Canada mitigate against that     level of competition wouldn't be a     bered," indicated PhiHp. "The reason
because there are Hmits on the
amount of scholarship dollars you
can give," explained PhiHp.
"The NCAA has rules against non-
US schools joining, so all we've been
trying to do is contact the NCAA to
find out whether or not that rule will
ever change. We can't even reply
right now," stated PhiHp.
A few years ago SFU applied to
drastic change from his perspective.
"We've done a lot of research
on the NCAA over the last several
years, when we looked at aU our
options we looked at the NAIA.
We've only been in the NAIA for a
few years," he clarified. "In fact we
started in the NAIA because we
wanted a place for our baseball
team to play."
they have this two year period where
you're not eligible for championships
is so that you can get into your compliance without running a fowl of
their regulations."
Obviously this is not an overnight
process.
"It would take us a little while
to put together our application
because we'd have to look at a lot
of things internally and then even
if it was accepted it's a fairly long
process before we'd actually be
competing there," said PhiHp.
UBC does not want to spend
time and money fighting rules that
may never be changed, so "before
you go down that road you need to
find out if there is an opportunity... so that's what we're trying to
find out. We've had some back and
forth with the NCAA and let's put it
this way, in any discussions we've
had with the NCAA ourselves, we
haven't been discouraged from
looking at it further."
For now, and probably well into
the future UBC's varsity teams will
continue competing in the leagues in
which they are presently registered.
Philip maintains that the
prospect of NCAA Division I status
is not going away, but adds that
"it's a Httie premature to think that
we're in the process of applying or
anything because we're not going
to apply unless there was some
assurance that the application
would be judged on its merit as
opposed to coming head to head
with a bylaw." II
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Coming to terms with history
You might have noticed that there
is a First Nations supplement
tucked in the centre of this
week's Page Friday. It's one of
many special issues devoted to
complex themes that the Ubyssey
puts on stands annually. Other
issues include the Buy Nothing
Day supplement, the Women's
Issue, the Pride Issue, the
Colours Issue and Rant, a Hterary
supplement. But unlike the other
special issues in the Ubysseypub-
Hshing year, this is only the third
year that we have put out a First
Nations supplement.
The supplement was created to
fill a vast and unfortunate void in
our newspaper. While we always try
to cover First Nations issues and
people in our news, culture and features sections, the editors felt that
there just wasn't enough coverage
happening on our part We were
missing a First Nations voice. A first-
person perspective coming from
Aboriginals themselves was also
absent, even among the pages of our
anti-racism focused Colours Issue.
While it's not enough to cover
the complexities of the First
Nations people and the issues surrounding racism towards them,
the supplement gives us the
chance to shed light on at least
some of these issues. More Hght
than a campus paper with page
counts limited by advertising can
normaHy provide. And we're certainly not saying it's perfect.
We had a lot of trouble finding
a   coordinator   for   this  year's
issue. While we have many different cultures represented here at
the Ubyssey, we don't have any
Aboriginal writers or artists on
our staff.  So,   recognising this
problem, we tried to put out an
issue that addresses the void of
First   Nations   writers   in   the
Ubyssey. But we are left with a
group of non-Aboriginals trying
to  coordinate  a  First  Nations
Issue.
The topics we have chosen to
cover, although they barely
scratch the surface, are important
ones even if they are a little
"whitey learns the truth" in their
nature. We must give special
thanks to Russel Wallace, a creative writer at UBC, who supphed
the creative writing portion of this
supplement. Still, if the subject is
important enough to warrant its
own special issue, it's important
enough to continue covering in
regular issues of the Ubyssey.
Our university is located on
Musqeam land, and the First
Nations community is stiU under-
represented in the student and
staff bodies. More disturbingly,
many students are unaware that
UBC campus is in fact built upon
Aboriginal territory.
Every cultural group  comes
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about and I don't have the time."
—Michelle Leiw
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"I've heard of it, but I don't know
where it is."
—Aaron Lau
Engineering 1
"Yes, many times. I took a first year
honours EngHsh course and we had
to read books by native authors.
That got me interested."
—Thirkse Kirczenow
Political Science Honours 3
from a different background and
structure based on traditional
beliefs and social institutions.
How can we begin to share understanding of each other?
Breaking down stereotypes
and preconceived notions is only
the beginning. The Ubyssey's
First Nations supplement aims to
promote dialogue that is too often
suppressed and ignored.
But it's precisely a dialogue
that we must begin to encourage
if we, as students, are going to
create a more fair and just
Canada than the one we live in
right   now.   The   Kashechewan
evacuation, which saw almost
1,900 people evacuated from a
reserve near James Bay several
weeks ago, was a necessary revelation: Aboriginal peoples in our
country Hve in what is commonly
termed as third world conditions.
They have been shoved to the
margins of society, to the periphery of the Canadian public's consciousness. It certainly challenges our naive claim to be living in a nation that welcomes
diversity. How can we hope to
change this reality, or even hope
to be aware of it, if we don't make
vigorous and personal efforts to
creating a meaningful dialogue?
It doesn't mean we have to
beat ourselves up about the situation. Cross-cultural exchanges
can be rewarding in their own
right, as some of us found out
just by putting this supplement
together. It is true that
Canadians, Aboriginals and non-
Aboriginals alike, have some
tough issues to confront before
we can build a country that can
pride itself on respecting aU of its
citizens. But our generation wiU
at least need to get on speaking
terms if we want to make that
change. H
"Yes because I was told it was really
great. I didn't like it. The totem
poles looked completely out of
context."
—Steve Jones
Engineering Physics 5
Perspective Opinion
Caveat emptor. Buyer
beware
The University of British
Columbia campuses at
Vancouver and Okanagan are in
negotiations over vending
machines suppHers. UBC
Vancouver is trumpeting Lewis
Vending while UBC Okanagan
has yet to announce who it will
choose as vending frontrunner.
AH vending companies are claiming to offer healthier options that
should be good for students.
However, some of the food
labeled as healthier, is not. One
thing is certain, students should
read nutritional content labels.
Vending companies will tell you
they are offering healthier options,
yet these options often include
snacks high in salt, sugars, and
trans fats (much like their
"unhealthy" option counterparts).
Your vision of healthy food options
and a vending corporation's are
not often one and the same.
Nevertheless, with constant pres
sure from student consumers on
vending companies to offer affordable and truly "wholesome" snacks
(at eye level) students can achieve
health from an automated box.
Some vendors are leading the
way with truly healthy options:
natural foods without additives
(eg. nuts without salt and flavorings, locally produced healthy
products, milk without sugar
added, or granola/nutritional
bars sweetened with dried fruit),
organic products and fresh fruit.
At UBC Okanagan, students,
faculty and administration are
pushing together for vending
food that people can actually
thrive on: milk, fresh fruit, natural food snacks and healthy prepackaged meals; a step in the
right direction. A mix of 80 per
cent healthy food and 20 per cent
treat food is the vision.
—Danielle Smith, Andrea Knox,
Ambre McLaughlin, Heather
Cook Nursing 4, UBC Okanagan
"Yes because I'm a campus tour
guide. It was fun."
-VietHaPham
Commerce 3
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News H
Remembering Dean George Curtis
Public memorial service
held for founder of the
UBC Faculty of Law
by Eric Szeto
NEWS EDITOR
A small congregation gathered at the Law
Courts yesterday to pay their respects to the
founder of the UBC Faculty of Law, Dean
George Curtis.
Dean of the Faculty of Law for a total of 26-
years—the longest serving dean in UBC histo-
i^fcrCurtis passed away this past October at the
age of 99.
Even after his formall^retirement, Curtis
taught weU into his 80s, Many remember
him making himself available to students
and staff and always providing clever anecdotes for aU enquiries.
"Dean Curtis, in a plain factual study of the
faculty, left no one unconvinced ofhis capabiH-
ties," said UBC Chancellor Allan McEachern,
who was mentored by Curtis. "FHs enthusiasm
was infectious."
"He was one of those deans who by sheer
energy, intellect and force of personaHty made
sure that the educational message was deHv-
ered loud and clear and with a huge measure of
learning with common sense, and often in
humour," he said.
Bertie McClean, a law professor at UBC,
fondly recalled an elder Curtis holding up traffic—but not with his car.
"When he was in his early 90s, [the government] took his driving Hcense, so he walked;
and then in his late 90s he got a Httie shaky in
his legs and he had to use a walker. The walker
was too wide for the University sidewalks so
George had to take to the road.
"Rather than hugging the curb, George
THE CURTBS LEGACY: Commemorating the animated and charismatic George Curtis at the Law Courts, yinan max wang photo
would [travel] right up the centre [of the road].
So it was not uncommon to find George and a
couple of cars up the road," he said.
"And as some of you may know the
University is a bit of construction sight so on
occasion you could also see a large truck as
weU..." he added, causing the crowd to erupt
in laughter.
Chief Justice Lance Finch, a graduate of UBC
law in 1962, noted how Curtis could make even
the most menial of topics interesting.
"Who would have thought that constitutional
law would be interesting, let alone stimulating,"
said Finch. "Dean Curtis made it happen."
T beHeve we aU should have an abiding
admiration and respect for his vision, his
courage, his dedication, and his hard work,"
he said. IB
ambassador to France comes to campus
by Laurence Butet-Roch
NEWSWRITER
Claude Laverdure, the Canadian
Ambassador to France, paid a visit
to UBC on Wednesday to discuss
Franco-Canadian relations and the
current situation in France along
with a panel of scholars and experts.
Laverdure has been the
Canadian Ambassador to France
since 2003 after holding multiple
positions with La Francaphonie, an
international organisation com-
primised of 63 states and governments. According to Laverdure, the
nature of Franco-Canadian relations has considerably changed
since 1969.
"The relations between Canada
and France today are one of the best
we have... [relations] are now
mature, total and of major interest
to both/ said Laverdure.
Not only is France the second
largest investor in Canada, putting
in over 32 bilHon dollars a year—at a
tie with the United Kingdom—but
Canada also has a lot of investments
in France: "[Canada is] also relatively very big in comparison to our real
size in France," he explained.
However, Laverdure expressed
his disappointment at the traditional trade relationship with France:
"I'm less satisfied with the traditional trade; the numbers are big, but
they should be bigger."
The high quaHty of the Franco-
Canadian relationship, according to
Laverdure, Hes in the discussion
both countries hold on domestic
issues—something that was unthinkable just a few years before.
"Not only do we trade with one
another and invest in one another,
but that we would on a daily basis
discuss domestic issues...Twenty-
five years ago this was not done,
never would we make suggestion or
exchange ideas about how to run
your own counfay even with your
best friend," he said.
The second part ofhis visit was
meant to give insight into the tenuous situation in France.
Laverdure offered his take on the
recent rioting alongside PhiHppe
LebiUon, from the Liu Institute for
Global Issues, Anne Simpson from
the Faculty of Education, Sima
Godfrey from the Institute of
European Studies and Hamida
Bendriss from the Conseil Scolaire
Francophone de Vancouver.
The paneHsts reached consensus
on the idea that it is an account of
France's failure to integrate the
immigrant population that has
caused the current riots.
Laverdure beHeves that if Canada
succeeded in integrating its immigrants compared to France it is
"because France has an imposed
immigration while Canada has a
chosen immigration."
The five paneHsts also shared
the impression that the vocabulary
used by French Interior Minister
Nicolas Sarkozy, in response to the
street riots,  was aggressive  and
added flames.
Godfrey recalled that Sarkozy
used words like has "scum" to
describe the rioters, and 'cleansing"
to describe what had to be done.
Godfrey mentioned that the car
burning strategy was part of the
youths" way of being heard. She
reported the words of a rioter:
"nobody will listen to [the youth] if
we don't burn cars."
No specific solutions were discussed by the Panel, but Laverdure
expressed his concern that although
the "measures announced by
ViUepin [France's Prime Minister]
show that they know what needs to
be done, the effects of those would
only show in ten years." a<
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Minister of Defence talks at UBC
AMS e-mail fails
Don't feel insulted if you e-mailed
the AMS this week and didn't
receive a response—the Alma
Mater Society (AMS) e-mail server
has been out of service.
"Worst case scenario, the problem should be fixed by the end of
the week or the start of next week,"
said Gavin Dew, AMS VP Academic,
"But we hope it's sooner than that."
The source of the problem is
unknown, but AMS staff cannot send
or receive e-mail with their accounts.
"We're not paralysed, we're stiH
operational," said Dew, noting that
the AMS has set up alternate e-mail
addresses in the interim.
Dew downplayed the suggestion
that maHcious intent brought down
the server: "it's more of a problem
with the server itself than a hacker."
The problem is compounded as
the AMS IT manager is on a cruise
vacation and is unable to help fix
the server.
Several students were skeptical
of the length of the service disruption. Upon hearing of the IT manager's absence, fourth year Arts student Ryanne James, asked, "there's
no one else that can [fix the server]? Isn't there a computer science
department?"
"It's a pain," stressed Dew but
added that the disruption proved,
"just how big of a part the AMS
e-mail really is."
—Michael Kenacan
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The Canadian government's commitment to Afghanistan will
increase substantially over the next
several months, said Minister of
Defence Bill Graham last
Wednesday.
In front of an audience comprised of hundreds of students at
the Liu Institute for Global Issues,
Bill Graham presented The
Canadian Forces Mission in
Afghanistan: Canadian Pohcy and
Values in Action, a speech on
Canada's first new defence poHcy
initiative in the last ten years and
how it wiU apply to Canada's role in
Afghanistan.
"By early next year, our miHtary
presence and role in Afghanistan
will be greater and more varied than
it has been to date, not withstanding
significant contributions over the
past three years," said Graham.
"Failed and failing states are a
major  challenge  to global peace
and security in the first part of the
21st century," he added. "We must
address them not only because of
the   geopolitical  instability  they
generate as breeding grounds for
terrorism      and      international
crime—think  only  of New  York,
London,   and   Madrid—but   also
because the suffering and denial of
human rights they represent challenge basic Canadian values."
The Defence Minister spent the
better part of an hour foHowing his
speech fielding questions from
UBC students on a wide array of
topics, ranging from the sovereignty of Canada's northern territory to
accusations of the government's
complicity with torture by releasing detainees over to American
forces, to the Canadian intervention in Haiti.
Responding to comparisons
made between Canada's role in
Afghanistan and the United States'
DISCUSSION IN THE WORKS: Defence Minister Bill Graham has a serious chat with Professor
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mission in Iraq, Minister Graham
was clear on how the government
perceives its role in the Middle East.
"We are not in Afghanistan in
some sort of war mission...people
want us to be in that region, they
want stabiHty. We're there to help
them bring stabiHty," he said.
"Please don't confuse this with
an Iraq type situation or anything
like it. It's not that. We're going to be
with our British and Dutch and
AustraHan aUies who think the same
way we do and have very similar
rules of engagement and [share a
common] approach in which we go
out and work with local populations," he said.
Professor Michael Byers, academic director of the Liu Institute
for Global Issues, said the students
presented thorough questions to the
minister and was impressed in the
honest and unreserved answers.
He did acknowledge, however,
that his sentiments concerning
Canadian defence and foreign poHcy often conflict with those of the
government.
"[On] the issue of transferring
detainees in Afghanistan [to the
United States] because we don't
have facilities to hold them ourselves, I find that a fairly weak
excuse given that Canada is the
eigth largest economy in the
world," said Byers. "I would hope
that we could afford to build the
facility if that was what was necessary to avoid possible complicity
in torture."
Fernando de la Mora, president
of the International Relations
Student Association (IRSA), said he
beHeves that having the opportunity
to address a member of cabinet and
ask questions gives students insight
into government poHcy that most
would not otherwise have.
"It's extremely valuable to be
able to have that direct engagement
because it spurs ideas and ultimately can spur poHcy action on behalf of
students," de la Mora said.
"Obviously the Canadian Forces
are in a moment right now where
some tough decisions have to be
made and I think based on the
turnout and degree of interest that
there was, it shows that UBC students care about the decisions that
are being made right now at the
Department of National Defence." II
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