One day, while driving around in our car, my four-year-old son complained from behind, “Ma, I wish all of us were not Indians. It is boring. You or Appa could have been Mexican or Italian.” I smiled at his wish for our family to be biracial.
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Sprint, jog, run, or walk across the finishing line this Sunday with Sikhs in the City running club to commemorate Remembrance Day.There will be three runs taking place, the full marathon at 7am, the half marathon from 8am, and then the 10km run that will begin at 9.30am.Non-members of the club will have to pay £10 to take part and will meet at the junction of Woodford Bridge Road.Organiser of the event Harmander Singh, 54, said: “It doesn’t cost very much to run, especially when compared to races across the world – it’s quite a fair deal”.Harmander himself has run 78 marathons and in May this year, he was awarded Coach of the Year in the House of Commons.Harmander said: “Running is the most anti-racist sport there is in my opinion and it’s something that you can do and enjoy”.The route on November 3 will end at Roding Lane South and on completion of the run, runners will be given a medal by the club.Harmander added: “I hope that this will encourage more people to run and join their local clubs”.For any more information on how to take part this weekend, then please either visit www.sikhsinthecity.org or call 07958 94 6868
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"Since there was so much public interest in twentieth-century history of Aboriginal people in Canada last week, I thought I would compile a list of ten open-access scholarly publications that provide insights into this history. Here are ten things you might not have known about the history of Aboriginal people in Canada in the twentieth century:
1. In the 1950s, the federal government relocated Inuit people to experimental colonies in the Arctic archipelago.
2. In 1933, the National Research Council subjected Aboriginal children of the Qu’Appelle reserve in southern Saskatchewan to experimental trials of BCG vaccines for tuberculosis.
3. Aboriginal people have fought for Canada in every overseas conflict in the twentieth century.
4. Throughout the entire twentieth century, Aboriginal people in British Columbia have organized politically for recognition of traditional land rights.
5. From 1969 to 1971, the federal government conducted “Project Surname” a program to assign second names to Inuit people in the Northwest Territories who traditionally did not have surnames. Prior to this project, the government designated so-called disc numbers to Inuit people for identification and tracking purposes.
6. From 1913 to 1931, all levels of government participated in the removal and erasure of nearly every Coast Salish village and Indian reserve in the City of Vancouver.
7. In 1962, the British Columbia government agreed to end enforcing ethnic controls on alcohol sales in the Indian Act, which prohibited the sale of alcohol to Aboriginal people.
8. During the 1946-48 public inquiry on federal administration of Indian Affairs, the Indian Association of Alberta first argued that treaty rights should be the foundation for Aboriginal citizenship in Canada.
9. In Ontario in the 1950s and 1960s, Noranda Mines operated a sulphuric acid plant on Serpent River First Nation territory that processed uranium from the nearby Elliot Lake mines. The detrimental environmental effects of sulphuric waste from the plant devastated the Aboriginal community in the years since the closure of the plant.
10. In 1922, Dr. Peter Bryce, Canada’s first chief medical health officer, published The Story of a National Crime, a book that outlined statistical evidence that Canada’s Aboriginal population was being destroyed by tuberculosis and the federal government had the means to stop it. The government ignored Bryce’s warnings and fired him for publishing reports on the tuberculosis crisis.
If you have other open-access publications to recommend, please post the citations and links in the comments section below.
Urban Planner: November 5, 2013 Torontoist Music: Tradition meets invention in the music of Monsoon:Synthesis—and you can check out the ensemble at this event being presented by the Canadian Opera Company.
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