Things are different in Alaska

Chris Corrigan

I’m still trying to figure out Alaska. When i was here in 2002 I was up in Fairbanks, working largely with non-Native people doing peacemaking work in the school system. And I’m learning something about the state of Native life in Alaska too. Since 1971 when the Alaska Native Claims Settlement was reached, people have lived not so much as citizens of a community or members of a nation of Tribe, but as shareholders of a corporation.

A mob of skips

Endless Knots

Which is largely what Australia with its handful of large cities (wherein 90% of the population resides) and land mass that exceeds that of the US minus Alaska comprises.

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Summer turning over

Chris Corrigan

I used to hang around Yonge and Dundas back in my high school days and it looks more like what my brother calls “a poor man’s Times Square&# now. I’ve never been out there before, on a thin island between the Gulf of Alaska and the Bering Sea. My summer is drawing to a close, although the weather is still lovely and I’m only easing back into work.

A mob of skips

Endless Knots

Which is largely what Australia with its handful of large cities (wherein 90% of the population resides) and land mass that exceeds that of the US minus Alaska comprises. And then they decided again, gave up their apartment, quit their jobs, dis-enrolled their nearly five-year-old boys from impending kindergarten in an overcrowded public school, put their stuff in storage, reduced their necessities to fourteen suitcases, and departed on July 30 for Sydney.

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