A Sense of Belogging

A Sense of Belogging

Deconstructing the history of logging on Cortes into a metaphor for decolonization, writer/producer Brittany Baxter presents this collage of moments from over the past 150 years, each containing important clues to how our community is transforming in response to our growing desire to belong to each other and to the land.

Stuff

Stuff

Our material world is obsessed with acquiring and accumulating stuff. But how much do we all really need? Morgan Tams looks for options and solutions to this omnipresent conundrum.

Clam Gardens

Clam Gardens

History shows us that First Nations have had an elaborate shellfishery for thousands of years. What’s become of that rich food source and what lies ahead for it’s future?

A Reshuffling Of Atoms

A Reshuffling Of Atoms

Why are we so afraid of death and how do we prepare for it? For something that’s inevitable we sure do our best to avoid it. Mercedes Grant takes us on a personal journey of grief and resolution. A Reshuffling Of Atoms by Mercedes Grant | Deep Roots http://rest.s3for.me/deep-roots/A+Reshuffling+of+Atoms.mp3 “It is December 14, 2016, five years since the death of Gloria. She was the first woman in her temperament and in her convictions. Gloria always sought the company of flowers and trees, toiling over garden beds and new species to propagate. She volunteered  as a master gardener with the Calgary zoo. I suspect she may have enjoyed the plants company to most peoples, but who can blame her. She was a closet astronomer also, keeping up to date with all of the latest news from NASA. She grew up in a traditional Ukrainian Catholic environment, but developed her own ideas about the world and its wonders at a young age. Her devotion to the natural world was reflected in her practises, composting in the suburbs of Calgary and developing an advanced and very particular household recycling system long before such things were considered normal by most. Gloria was awed and softened by the vast brilliance of this planet and of human innovation. She planned to donate her body to science when she died. It was early afternoon on a cold bright day when Gloria, my mother, took her last breath.” Talking to residents of Cortes Island: modern death midwives, experts and my friends to explore how or disconnection with the cycle of the natural world influences or relationship to...
The Energetic Forest

The Energetic Forest

Do trees communicate? Do they look after each other and other species? Rick Bockner unearths a sophisticated network of co-dependent life forces, below and above our feet.

Owl Wisdom

Owl Wisdom

Decades after a nearly unspeakable family tragedy, family members gain insight from what  appears to be a chance encounter,  later revealing itself as an auspicious message. Episode #5: Owl Wisdom by Annie Rosenberg | Deep Roots http://rest.s3for.me/deep-roots/Owl+Wisdom.mp3 “I could feel that early morning frost on my nose and I could see it on our bedroom windows. It was still dark and I didn’t want to get out of bed. I pulled the dubais up to my chin and closed my eyes. Art, who is always ahead of me, was already dressed and down the stairs. I heard the kettle. On New Years day we go down to the beach at sunrise. It is our family’s tradition. We talk about letting go of things from the past and then think about what we want to bring into the new year. At that moment, while still in bed, I had no idea how a collision in death, minutes after I work up, would change the course of that day and in some ways my life.” Thank you to Cortes Community Radio Deep Roots Steering Committee and Staff. I’d like to give a special word of thanks to David Rousseau and to Greg Osoba for their encouragement and support in bringing this story to life. Grady Cooligan also made this story come alive with his sound expertise. Thank you for your support and your talent. My MacKenzie family (whom I deeply love) generously gave me permission to tell all of this story. Thank you to the many wise women on Cortes Island (including Naomi Hayter and Denise Gibbons) for continuing to show...