As long as the sun shines, the rivers flow, and the grass grows…

Chief Crowfoot’s words on the value of our land:

The story is told that on that occasion the white man spread many one-dollar bills on the ground and said, “this is what the white man trades with; this is his buffalo robe. Just as you trade skins, we trade with these pieces of paper.” When the white man had laid all his money on the ground and had shown how much he would give if the Indians would sign a treaty, Crowfoot took a handful of clay, made a ball out of it and put it on the fire and cooked it. It did not crack. Then he said to the white man, “Now put your money on the fire and see if it will last as long as the clay.” The white man said, “No….my money will burn because it is made of paper”. With an amused gleam in his eyes the old chief said, “Oh your money is not as good as our land, is it? The wind will blow it away; the fire will burn it; water will rot it. Nothing will destroy our land. You don’t make a very good trade.”
Then with a smile, Crowfoot picked up a handful of sand from the river bank, handed it to the white man and said, “You count the grains of sand in that while I count the money you give for the land”. The white man said, “I would not live long enough to count this, but you can count the money in a few minutes”. “Very well”, said the wise Crowfoot, “our land is more valuable then your money. It will last forever. It will not perish as long as the sun shines and the water flows, and through all the years it will give life to men and animals, and therefore we cannot sell the land. It was put there by the Great Spirit and we cannot sell it because it does not really belong to us. You can count your money and burn it with a nod of a buffalo’s head, but only the Great Spirit can count the grains of sand and the blades of grass on these plains. As a present we will give you anything you can take with you, but we cannot give you the land.”

When will people ever learn? The Creator gave us our land as a blessing and a precious gift and to take care of it. It’s so special that my ancestors saw this coming and made it a priority to ensure the safety of the land and sacred landmarks. Generations later and we’re still repeating ourselves. Yet people are lead by greed, power, and money. There are other ways, and this shouldn’t be happening, but for them it’s all about the price tag..

S/O Stressed from Work // Jackson Imagine

Originally posted by jypnior

  • He would get it
  • but he wouldn’t want that for you y’know
  • He would start noticing late nights
  • You would come home late
  • Still got all that take home work to do
  • So even though you were coming home at 2-3 am
  • You would still be working up until you had to leave again for another shift
  • He would hate seeing the dark circles under your eyes
  • Being all about hEalTH and BeINg FiT
  • He would be very concerned 
  • He would bring this up whenever he saw you
  • This boy would even text you nonstop while you were at work
  • Telling you to take a nap during your lunch break
  • Or to rest your eyes at some point
  • He would even suggest that you take a two week vacation
  • He would take you anywhere for you just to relax
  • But since you wanted a promotion
  • And there was a big project you were working on for your company
  • there was no vacation yet
  • He loved that you worked so hard
  • But he didn’t want to see you burn yourself out
  • The day that you did
  • Oh boy
  • You would be at work in the copy room when you passed out
  • You finally exhausted yourself to the point of you passing out
  • Once Jackson came to get you
  • He spoke with your boss
  • that boy got you a month vacation ayeeeee
  • When you woke up, you were literally in a beach house
  • you thought it was a dream???
  • but turns out he really wanted you to relax and told you that overworking yourself was not healthy
  • He would spoil the heck out of you
  • getting you a full body massage
  • taking you on beach walks
  • swimming
  • bubble baths with special oils
  • and candles
  • and dim lights
  • and music
  • and kisses
  • and again with the massages
  • and body to body………
  • stress reducing nights in bed…… ;)
  • like a really comfy, soft bed….
  • making sure you could sleep
  • or do something else before sleep ;)
  • like watch movies :)
  • anything you could imagine that would be relaxing
  • he did it for you cause
  • ooooooooo he care about you
  • so much
  • he just wants you healthy and sleeping
  • and he believes that you’re going to get your promotion in no time
  • he your support system 
  • but he also your relaxation system
  • That’s that ♥♥♥
The Manifest of the Writer

Magical story:

Map of old patterns of leather,
carefully hand-rolled out on the table
smells of wood, lamp, and essential oils
and colors of ink on my fingertips

make a story, magic story
essence of past times and great glory
show the point, the great message 
special thoughts, purest lessons
write and write with heart and soul
make the other one even more whole
share the lives of people’s walks
on leathered paper, weaved talks
even though a story made
gives this magic, honest trade

Great thoughts and silvered lines,
collected on this hand-rolled artifact
smells of fresh ink, yet to dry
this story is made, my mission done
once again, on this day. 

fishermod  asked:

What impacts do you yhink cancelling the KM pipeline will have on the economy? My mom thinks the voiding of all these contracts will cause a big recession, and KM will just ship the oil by truck and make the environmental situation even worse than it would with the pipeline. I'm suspicious, but don't have any hard data to counter it with.

It won’t have any immediate effect, because Construction will still take several years to build the pipeline. Any economic benefits from the twinning of Kinder Morgan’s pipeline are years away. And no province is dependent on any 1 single project. That holds true for Alberta too.

Also one of the major arguments of oil pipelines to the coast is to sell oil overseas, but that has shaky economic logic:

Kinder Morgan Approval Insults Democracy, Science and Economic Logic

Economist warns insufficient oil demand hinders Trans Mountain pipeline

Eco-tourism worth billions trumps value of Kinder Morgan project, new report argues

Kinder Morgan pipeline spill could cost Vancouver $1.2 billion

Plus, Oil Spills from Bitumen pipelines like Kinder Morgan cannot be effectively cleaned up:

Review of 9,000 Studies Finds We Know Squat About Bitumen Spills in Ocean Environments

Nobody ships oil by truck in any capacity. Fear mongering over oil by rail is also a misnomer:

Pipeline Versus Rail ‘Debate’ Sticks Canadians With A False Choice

How the Spectre of Oil Trains is Deceptively Used to Push Pipelines

Also its not as if Alberta has a shortage of pipelines, besides Kinder Morgan, Line 3 and Keystone XL has been approved, and Energy East could come online too (along with the many other pipelines Alberta already has online right now). And Kinder Morgan’s pipeline already exists. Its already sending oil.

Also Alberta doesn’t need Kinder Morgan to meet capacity:

The ‘Canada Needs More Pipelines’ Myth, Busted

“In the briefing, titled “Canada Not Running Out of Pipeline Capacity,” authors Adam Scott and Greg Muttitt point out that there’s around 400,000 barrels/day of unused capacity in the network, easily accommodating exports for projects currently operating and under construction.

This calculation was derived from the organization’s Integrated North American Pipeline model, which then concluded the network was 89 per cent full.

As a result, the only reason that new pipelines like Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain and TransCanada’s Energy East would be required is if there’s a massive expansion of the oilsands, a move that would arguably undermine the Paris Agreement and other international climate commitments (an argument also made by David Hughes in his thorough June 2016 report for the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives).”


“Spill Harper” aired during the Stanley Cup playoffs to an estimated 2 million viewers.

Credits: Editor, Colourist, Voiceover

The Challenge of Objectivity in Documentary

By Matt Palmer

For those who have started to follow my blog, or anyone who is now discovering it, hopefully my writing is inspiring conversation with friends and colleagues about the lack of civil debate in our society. As a filmmaker, currently focusing on making documentaries, I have ben troubled by the rise of the filmmaker as celebrity commentator. I guess it’s easy to lay the blame on Michael Moore on the one hand because he popularized that form of film. And certainly we have seen that it can be very effective in delivering a specific message and political agenda.

I don’t want to pass judgement on the value of the Michael Moore style of documentary, I do watch his films and have been entertained, annoyed, etc,, but just to say that it is not the style that I choose for myself. I like to make thought provoking work that challenges the audience. I don’t necessarily want to provide answers. I likely don’t have the answers to start with, but I also feel that with major issues we need more vigorous conversation, and a documentary can be a great way to inspire debate. Not the screaming at each other brand that has become so popular because people like watching a train wreck, but getting back to real civil exploration of ideas. I remember back in the 70’s there was a show on CBC called “The Great Debate”. It was great example of how listening to great thinkers engage in an intellectual battle of ideas can be entertaining.

As a filmmaker, one of my challenges is to try to make films that are relatively speaking “objective”. I think the meaning of that word in journalism and documentary filmmaking has been blurred, and I have been attempting to sort out why. I’ve even used the term with regards to my current project. 

It is important then to examine if objectivity is a reasonable goal for a documentary film? There are a number of challenges with being objective. To be objective means to not allow personal feelings or opinions influence the representation of facts. In deconstructing this sentence I would point out some flaws I see in how this applies in my case to making films, and open the debate to how my reasoning may apply beyond the world of documentary film.

First of all, humans are emotional beings. I would suggest that it is impossible to separate emotions from rational thought. We may be challenged in recognizing our emotions, or being able to attach a word to what we’re feeling, but our emotions are always present, not matter how hard we may be trying to be rational and logical.

As a challenge, take a moment right now to close your eyes, and identify what you are feeling, where that feeling manifests in your body, and what word identifies that emotion. 

Secondly, we must look deep into the notion of how facts are represented. There is the obvious issue of who determines what the facts are in a given story, what facts are chosen, what ones might be overlooked, and that facts can sour over time. The saying “history is written by the winners” has great relevance. Another example of how difficult it can be to determine the facts, especially when the human element is involved, is the variation in stories that happen when multiple people witness the same accident. Stories from witnesses can vary greatly.

Dealing with testimonies and interviews is extremely challenging when making a film. a typical feature length documentary for example may be between 90 minutes to two hours. However, that film may be edited down from forty to one hundred hours of footage. My interview with Paul Roberts, author the book “End of Oil”, that I shot for my 2006 film “Pay Dirt” was close to two hours long. Mr Roberts was an awesome interviewee, and he gave some fantastic well thought out, complex answers to the questions. In the end film we were able to use probably five to six minutes of that interview. We had to make difficult choices in boiling down his answers to the sound bites that had relevance to the story we were telling.

In editing a film we constantly make choices about what to keep in and what has to go. Decisions are often not guided by the quality of the content, but that amount of time we have to tell the story. Our choices are guided by the ideal of objectivity and balance, but choices by nature are influenced by our emotions, how we feel on that day, in that moment, My perceptions of what is important might be vastly different from another filmmaker cutting the same footage.

We can then look at issues of choosing the interview subjects, locations, the questions for the interview, where the camera is set up, when the camera is turned on, etc. There are many factors that go into the making of a documentary that have nothing to do with objectivity. Personal opinions, tastes, biases always permeate the decision process. 

In writing this blog, I am letting my own opinions flow through onto the screen as I write. It is important that I do this as part of my process of exploring the subject I have chosen. Does that mean I cannot produce an end product film that achieves a goal of relative objectivity? I hope not. I know I cannot be completely objective. I think that absolute objectivity is a false goal in the grande scheme. What I can do is give my best effort to ensure that I am always fair, balanced and transparent. But even these things will be open to debate, and likely some will judge that my biases got the best of me. That’s okay, art is a subjective field. Documentary filmmaking by it’s nature opens the door to subjective judgments from the audience, and that is a great thing.

In the end, I will judge the success of this project by the quality of debate that it inspires. My hope is to raise awareness around energy issues, and increase energy literacy. I’m sure there may be a few other things, but I’m going to end here. I hope that some of you will share your thoughts on what I have written.


I know there are all sorts of stereotypes about country folk & cowboys, but ignorance doesnt equal fact. I know that my dad taught me to love & respect the land, to love & respect animals & to love where I come from.This province has been overrun with industry over the past few years, with fewer & fewer ranches left standing.

Corb takes a stance against the oilfield & coalbed methane industries who are ruining our beautiful land & poisoning our animals & people. I commend him for openly expressing these views in this ultra Conservative place, especially singing stereotypically close minded country music (ever hear of Toby Keith??)


This is my prairie, this is my home
I’ll make my stand here and I’ll die alone
They can drill, they can mine o'er my smouldering bones
Cuz this is my prairie, this is my home

The water is poison, my calves are all dead
My children are sick and the aquifer’s bled
They want a big pipeline right thru Pop’s grove
This is my prairie, this is my home


Here’s a tar sands reality check for #ecomonday!

From the oil sands.

I didn’t take a lot of pictures last weekend when I went with the Student Delegation to the Oil Sands. There are even fewer that I’m allowed to post without getting permission from Suncor. This one really stuck with me – the angle is great, and it was a nice day outside. That, and the well-placed stop sign.


We don’t have to cross any borders to find the 3rd world right in our own back yard.


A recap from Day 6 in Occupied Calgary, October 20th, 2011.