Shuana Niessen


Blood in Snow

On May 3, 2019, Posted by , In Reconciliation, With No Comments

Treaty 4 Gathering

On March 23, 2019, Posted by , In Reconciliation, With No Comments

It is surprising really that I grew up here and it wasn’t until my fifties that I became aware of treaty. Certainly, I’d heard the term before, mostly to do with tax exemption and status, but I didn’t realize that treaty was about living and walking in a good way with one another.

Economy of Privilege

On August 28, 2013, Posted by , In Privilege, With No Comments

Privilege: a right or immunity granted as a peculiar benefit, advantage, or favor. ~Merriam-Webster dictionary Lately there’s been a lot of talk about being White and the unearned privileges associated with this social racial classification. In looking at the often-taken-for-granted privileges of being White in North America, I asked the…

Reflections on Citizenship

On August 28, 2013, Posted by , In Citizenship, With No Comments

Okay, so I’ve been thinking about citizenship and how this concept relates to rights and responsibilities in the lives of school-aged children. I am considering the question of who has the greatest right and responsibility to decide what is in the best interest of children when it comes to the…

Road or River?

On June 23, 2006, Posted by , In Choices, With No Comments

The Road not Taken By Robert Frost Two roads diverged in a yellow wood, And sorry I could not travel both And be one traveler, long I stood And looked down one as far as I could To where it bent in the undergrowth; Then took the other, as just…

Public versus Private: For Everything There is a Time and a Place

On June 7, 2006, Posted by , In Public and Private, With No Comments

Lately the issue of public versus private has been on my mind. Many bloggers are describing their feelings of unease over the mixing of the public and the private through the blogging medium. I certainly feel this tension. I have a couple of blogs that I keep up: a personal…