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Aboriginal Awareness Week

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A good friend of mine is native, and sometimes blames his lack of punctuality on his “running on native time”. Even though this remark is just a joke, it’s an example of cultural difference. There are significant differences between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal cultures, and as Canadians, it’s important that we recognize and celebrate those differences.

In fact, ask any Canadian – Aboriginal or not – about Aboriginal politics and you’re sure to get an impassioned response. Should Aboriginals receive funding from the government? If so, how much? What type of programs ought to be put in place on reserves, and who should administer them? What damage has the residential school system caused to Aboriginal communities, and if we can reconcile, what’s the best way?

Aboriginals have unique medicinal, spiritual and cultural beliefs and practices. Find out more about them during Aboriginal Awareness Week.

Visit your local branch for information about Aboriginals. We’ve got everything from government documents, to biographies, to information about Aboriginal beliefs, myths and stories. Also, join us for an introduction and explanation of human rights from an Aboriginal perspective, presented by the Native Counseling Services of Alberta.

Nudes at the Glenbow!

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“Head and shoulders, knees and toes”!

Nudes, glorious nudes! Is there anything more enduringly compelling to humans than our own bodies? I’m no art historian, but I suspect not. From the Venus statues of Willendorf Austria, to Michelangelo’s David, there is something inherent about the human form that inspires us to re-create it. As an audience, we seem to be perpetually curious about the human form. Not only that, but surprised, and sometimes even outraged by how artists depict it.

Join the Glenbow Museum on February 13th for a very special event. It’s the opening of an exhibit called The Nude in Modern Canadian Art. The exhibition features works of art from major Canadian museums and private collections and includes paintings, drawings, sculpture and photography. There are so many reasons to attend! The event is pay-what-you-can, and includes a free drink ticket. Not only that, but it coincides with the opening of another exhibit, Kent Monkman: The Triumph of Mischief. How many chances do you get to visit a museum with the caveat that the exhibition “contains mature content”?

Join the Glenbow in celebrating nudes! I’ll be there. The only question is: what should I wear?

Statistics Canada and Hard Time

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I was listening to a podcast from BBC Radio recently, and one of the sociologists who was being interviewed noted that between 1975 and 1995, the population of incarcerated persons in the United States has quadrupled. Quadrupled!

Hearing that made me wonder how Canada’s and the United States’ respective justice systems compare.

People use all sorts of statistics when they make claims and arguments. But, how can you verify whether those statistics are accurate? How can you determine whether a number, fact, or figure is simply being invented, or whether it is reflective of reality?

There are many sources to consult, when collecting statistical information. One of the most important is Statistics Canada. Many people don’t realize the wealth of information that is freely available through the Statistics Canada website. The Business, Science and Social Sciences department of the Calgary Public Library uses this resource to answer all sorts of questions! If you need information about where Canadians live, how much money we earn, how we spend our time, and even how we die, then check out the Statistics Canada website.

What other websites do we use? From our homepage, select e-library and then Best Websites. Here, you’ll find a comprehensive list of our favourite websites. They’re reputable, authoritative, and compiled by our expert staff.

By the way, do you know how long - on average - inmates stay in Remand, in Alberta? I do…