I'm Tim, and I'm the Department Assistant in CAD & BIM Technologies (aka Drafting) at Vancouver Community College downtown.
Reading the 4 R's article made me think of ways I can relate to the experience of First Nations students at my institution. I'm a border-crosser. I left my upper-Midwest American culture and took on a West Coast one when I immigrated to Canada. I do a certain amount of cultural adaptation every time I visit my family back in Minnesota. Here's a funny example of what I mean: Back in the States I grew up among Lutherans (a kind of mainline protestant Christians) of Scandinavian ancestry. When I came to Vancouver, I could hardly find a Lutheran church anywhere, so because it was just across the street from where I lived, I ended up settling into an Anglican church community of folks with English heritage. So, when I'm in Minnesota, I'm Lutheran -- when I'm in Canada, I'm Anglican.
I'm guessing many of us live with our feet planted in more than one community.
I sure look forward to learning with everybody this week!
Kindest regards -- Tim Conklin