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Into the Sweat Lodge

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Writing is a powerful thing. It is thought given form, and set down to last for the ages. And in the last few days the peers I have in this course have demonstrated again and again that they are powerful writers and powerful agents of change in the classroom and in the world. 791 more words

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The home of our hearts day 5: The Sydney Tar Ponds and keeping the spark alive

The fifth and final day of the workshop started off with a tour of the Sydney Tar Ponds. The tar ponds are a massive contaminated site originating from the production of coke (a derivative of coal), a popular fuel used by the steel plants in Cape Breton to heat their furnaces. 589 more words

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The home of our hearts day 4: the water-energy nexus & deep thoughts on salty water

The focus of the fourth day of the workshop was the relationship between energy and water. Cape Breton, with its long history of coal extraction and its proximity to water, was a great place to explore this relationship first hand. 561 more words

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Irving says hiring aboriginal workers positive first step for shipyard

HALIFAX – Irving Shipbuilding says it is employing aboriginal workers who graduated from a Mi’kmaq training program as a first step towards recruiting more minority workers. 211 more words

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The home of our hearts day 3: The coal story - mines and mine water remediation

Coal mining is an essential part of the history of Cape Breton Island, and thus was the focus of the third day of the workshop. We began the day by exploring active and passive remediation methods used on Cape Breton to deal with their problems with mine water. 785 more words

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The home of our hearts day 2: The Unama’ki Institute for Natural Resources and a medicine walk to Glooskap’s cave

After an emotional and inspirational first night together, we had the great privilege to begin the first full day of the workshop at the Unama’ki Institute for Natural Resources (UINR), a collaborative local institution operated by the Mi’kmaq nation dedicated to environmental stewardship on Cape Breton Island. 510 more words

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The home of our hearts, Cape Breton - A transformative professional experience with the Canadian Water Network (Part 1 of 6: prologue)

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Let me start this series off by expressing how life changing this event was for me. I am very much a technical water person, more comfortable expressing my knowledge of water using differential equations than a sequence of coherent, elegant words, but I’ve always loved to hear people tell their water stories, and that ability to instantiate into reality the deep connection our species has with water has always been a powerful motivator for me. 344 more words

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