Effecting Everyone – op-ed

Tamsyn Burgmann of The Canadian Press writes in the CBC “Strappings, beatings with a pointed stick and orders to stand in the classroom corner for speaking her own language were among “horrific” measures that erased Darlene Bulpit’s ability to pass along her First Nations heritage to her two children and three grandchildren.”

It is no question that the Residential School attendees endured terrible pain. It was only fair that the Canadian Government apologized to all students of Residential and Day schools, that were victims to physical and sexual abuse.(apology in form of check)

It is great that the Government is recognizing the pain and suffering the students went through. The only problem with this apology is that, the students were not the only people affected. The students who came home, most likely carried and passed on the burdens of the residential schools. The UBC First Nations Studies Program writes “intergenerational effect: many descendants of residential school survivors share the same burdens as their ancestors even if they did not attend the schools themselves. These include transmitted personal trauma and compromised family systems, as well as the loss in Aboriginal communities of language, culture, and the teaching of tradition from one generation to another.”








Another note that should be taken into consideration, is that these students did not have a choice. The government didn’t feel that the aboriginals were fit to integrate into society. The residential schools were a way to essentially “fix them”. Therefore, in 1870, aboriginal children were forced to attend residential schools. 1000 Conversations says “the Government of Canada partnered with Anglican, Catholic, United, and Presbyterians churches to establish and operate boarding and residential schools for Aboriginal (First Nations, Inuit, and Métis) children…The intent of the Residential School System was to educate, assimilate, and integrate Aboriginal people into Canadian society. In the words of one government official, it was a system designed “to kill the Indian in the child.”… Attendance at residential schools was mandatory for Aboriginal children across Canada, and failure to send children to residential school often resulted in the punishment of parents, including imprisonment.”

One thing that is not often talked about is the effect on the parents. Now not only were the student going through a terrible time, but the parents had to give up their kids. It was common for the parents to commit suicide. This is further proof that the residential schools effected every one around them, not just the students.

It is very good that the struggles that these students faced are being recognized and addressed. It is still not grasped that these residential schools causes so much pain, to even the people not directly associated with the residential and day schools. Not only from the attendees carrying the burdens of the schools, back to their families and tribes. But also the pain that the parents went through when having to give up their children. The government should apologise to everyone affected.

In-Depth Post 5(Back dives)

I must say that I feel like I have improved a lot. I haven’t got a lot of dives in my suitcase full of tricks, but I have really got the ones I have been working on lock down.

For the De Bono section of this post, we were asked to transcribe a conversation. Unfortunately I did not transcribe a conversation with Ray, it’s hard because I am in a class with other kids, he doesn’t want to seem like he is giving me extra attention. But what I can do is use my experiences and previous conversations with Ray from all of my classes with him, I recognize some of the “Six Hats” that De Bono devises.

The first real conversation I had with Ray, we were both wearing the white hat. I approached him after class and told him that I was doing diving for a school project. He was very interested in the details of the project, the TALONS program, and my school. He asks little questions about the TALONS program almost every class, for example, why am I missing the class on May 16? I told him all about the Adventure Trip. I also am getting to know some things about, such as, Ray has been diving for 2 years and has swam all his life.

In all of that sports I participate in, and in school, I often push my limits. I am constantly asking Ray if I can try new things. He wears 000479_01the Black hat in conversations like these when letting me progress at a good speed, but has to contain me so I don’t push my limits too far. He has said before that once I get more experience with diving, then it is a lot easier to experiment with different dives.

Every class with Ray, I make it clear that I want to progress and learn. I am always eager to learn new dives and techniques, it is clear to him that I am always wearing the green hat. I am interested in new ideas and new ways of thinking, which is a big part of diving. Everything moves so quickly when diving so you need to think it through in your head before you dive. When Ray introduces new ways of thinking through the dive, it can help some and hinder others, it really depends on the person.


This last class Ray introduced back dive fall-ins, which is a front dive fall-in but backwards.

These back dive fall-ins are much harder. Comparing to the front dive fall-ins, first of all, it is much harder to bend forward into a dive than to bend backwards. And secondly on a back dive fall-in, you can’t see where you’re going, so you have to use your special awareness to control your dive.

25 Sep 2000:  Ken Nee Yeoh of Malaysia in action during the Mens 3m Springboard Preliminaries at the Sydney International Aquatic Centre on Day 10 of the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia.  Mandatory Credit: Al Bello /Allsport
25 Sep 2000: Ken Nee Yeoh of Malaysia in action during the Mens 3m Springboard Preliminaries at the Sydney International Aquatic Centre on Day 10 of the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia. Mandatory Credit: Al Bello /Allsport

After getting a hang of the back dive fall-ins, I moved on to back dives. On a back dive, you stand on the end of the board with you back to the water. Then, you do your reach straight above your head. Next, you jump backwards off the board as if you are jumping onto a bed that is floating above the water. Lastly, you continue your rotation until you are up-side down, and complete the back dive.

In-depth post 4(learning entrances)

The past couple of weeks I had been mainly working on things that I kind of already knew how to do, with my mentor. I was perfecting my front dive fall-ins, pool-picand front dives, both on the 1 metre and the 3 metre. I kept asking if there was something else I could do to add a challenge. He willingly taught me a way to complicate my dive, and in this last class, Ray showed me 2 types of dive entrances, which add a whole new layer to my diving.

An entrance, is basically a technique or motion that helps you generate power for your take off. The two entrances I learned were called the T,Y,O and the hurtle.

The “T,Y,O” just represents the position of your body. For this entrance you start at the end of the board in a T position, so feet together and arms out horizontally.

You then stand on your tippy toes as you move your arms in to a Y.

The last step is the O. Quickly after you move into the Y position, you move your arms in a backwards circle. As your arms get to their lowest point, you bend your knees. The circle motion of your arms, combined with the bend of your knees creates momentum that drives the spring board down. Next, you complete the circle with your hands, and driving forces of your arms, jump, and the spring board, project you much higher than just jumping with your legs.


The second entrance I learned was the “hurtle”. The hurtle generates more propulsion that the TYO, but it is a bit more technical.

You start on the board, about two steps back from the edge, standing with your feet together and our arms straight out in front of you.

You then take one step forward, with your left leg, while dropping your hands to your side.

Next, drive your right knee forward while jumping to the end of the spring board, and raising your arms straight up.

When you land at the end of the board, you do your O. While bending your knees you move your arms in a backwards circle to generate momentum for your jump.

As you can see, both of these are quite complex and have a lot of moving parts to them. It took me two classes to be able to comfortably incorporate the entrances with my front dive, with a lot of frustratingly awkward falls in between. Ray was a lot of help, he has only been diving for 2 years so he recently remembers having the same struggles I was having. He had some good tips to speed up my learning. For instance, he told me to break it down into parts when thinking about it, instead of trying to both the entrance and the dive all at once. Whenever I am trying new things in diving, I break it down and go step by step, and I get through a lot easier.


Ps: I couldn’t find any pictures to demonstrate the entrances, and I realize they might be difficult to imagine just from reading them. So if you me to demonstrate them for you, just ask and I will be happy to do so.

In-Depth Post 3(Practicing front dives)

Wow, I have progressed a lot. Now that I have a mentor, I am moving onto bigger, better dives, and perfecting the simple ones that I already knew.


As I said on my second post, I started my in-depth with no mentor, but just using the internet as a guide. I couldn’t find any divers someone with a diving background that wanted to volunteer their time to me. I then had to sign up for a class at Poirier.


The class I am in is good, it does all the things I was hoping it to do. My instructor Ray Sanco, helps me with the little things such as, keeping my toes pointed before my initial jump. Since I had never done any sort of diving or diving lessons, I signed up for the first level. The level did not have any sort of age restrictions so naturally I wound up with a bunch of younger kids, which was a bit embarrassing and funny at the same time because I stick out like a sore thumb. Since the class is full of younger kids, the class does move pretty slowly, but Ray helps me focus on the little things with my dives.

I go to the aquatic center after school sometimes to progress, and try things at a quicker pace, and Ray helps me with my technique later at class. When I first met ray, I told him about TALONS, and that this class was for a project. He was very interested in the TALONS program and the in-depth project. When I told Ray that I was interested in developing at a faster pace than the rest of the class, he was very supportive. He didn’t want me going way ahead of the group, because then he would have to give me special attention. However, I did things like, opened up the high dive for me. Since it was the first class, we were still working on front dive fall-ins, and front dives from a small jump. I noticed that Ray was very good at keeping track of every ones advancements, so he could tailor his coaching for each individual.

Like I said in my second post, I had been having troubles with my front dive fall-ins, I would always over rotate a bit and my legs would smack on the surface of the water. It was on my first class with Ray when I learned how to do a proper reach, your hand position while diving, which helped me do a proper front dive fall-in and not smack my legs. I quickly moved on to front dives with a bit of a jump, and spent the rest of my time working on those.

For my first front dive, I jump way too hard and over rotated to my back. You could hear the smack of my back against the water throughout the whole facility. I spent a lot of time getting comfortable with my jump into the dive. By the end of that class I had the front dive with a little jump pretty good, but I get better and more comfortable with it every class.

In-Depth #2-Exploring front dives

Now in-depth is starting.

I don’t have a mentor yet but I have been reading articles and watching videos on my in-depth, diving.

Like I said, I don’t have mentor yet, but to get the ball rolling I started going to the pool by myself. I explored some of the dives I had researched and had fun integrating some of my aerial techniques from skiing. I had been going to the aquatic center because, it is really close to school and far less busy than Poirier.

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               I first started with some jumps and flips that I already knew how to do, such as front flips and misties, a front flip with a 540 degree spin. I then went on to experiment with some front dives.

When you have never done any diving before, it can feel really awkward jumping head first into the water. But I did my best to try some front dive fall-ins, which is when you fall into a dive from standing and without jumping. Now, as easy as that sounds, I was only going of some computer drawn images from sites like http://www.wikihow.com/Do-a-Basic-Front-Dive.


It was fairly simple on the one meter, but on the three meter it was harder to keep composed. I often had a difficult time with keeping my legs orderly, and together. I would enter the water with my legs bent, at the knee, making them parallel with the water. Every time I had my legs bent, they would smack hard against the water, diving to get better just got more and more painful. I kept trying to keep my legs strait but for some reason they kept smacking the water, I then found out it was because of a different problem I was having.

As I said earlier, at the start of in-depth I was being coached by the internet. When I look at the diving position of the hand, the reach, I thought that you wanted to point your fingers to the water. I made sense to me, having your hands together, pointed at the water would give your body some aerodynamics, and the ability to slice through the water. I later learned from my mentor, Ray Sancon, and Aidan Macdonald, a former diver, that you want to have your palms flat to the water. When your hands hit the water, an air bubble is created around your body, so there is less resistance and you’re truly can slice through the water.


See, before when my hands weren’t creating an air bubble around me, I wasn’t slicing through the water. When my upper body had been fully submerged on each dive, it had the full resistance of water all around it, while my legs were still in the air. The momentum forward from my initial jump carried my legs forward, leaving them horizontal to the water and smacking every time.

The first couple of in-depth week have started slow, but now I know the fundamentals of the reach.

Parsons-Confederation Final Address

Dear Father,

Change for the better, that’s what I worked for. Now, some people that were working against me might have thought that they, were changing for the better. So who is? Well I have worked for the progression of parallelism between ethnic groups, change for the greater good, and I truly believe that that is change for the better. But is it? Do I believe that? I hate lying to you father but I can’t… shake the feeling that I worked for something so pointless.

A fork in the road. Just, being an English speaking male of my heritage I probably would have grown up to fight this battle with Macdonald and Brown. But I truthfully respected what I was taught growing up, what I was taught by you. Faire likeness for everyone, and to achieve faire likeness, we must work together.

I am blissful for what I have accomplished with the French Canadians, and for what I have contributed to form this new nation. But here is my dilemma father, my feeling of pointlessness. What if the French Canadians and any I helped, were slowing Canada down? What if I was supporting the anchor to this vessel of a nation? I can only think, where we might have been, If I, at that fork in the road, gone the other way. Could we, the British, have formed Canada alone? Might we be further along this lengthy road? Like I said, this is all I can think, and that is why I am contacting you father. I ask for your thoughts, answers even.

And Father, please don’t think ill of me.

Parsons-Confederation Post #2

Dear Father,

Dec, 5, 1858

I know you are no longer with me, but, as I write you, I fear that I will joining you soon. I am not well. And even though I know that I have little days left on this land, I am writing this because I would like to tell you about what I have accomplished.

As I have told you earlier, I have aligned with the French Canadians. Though I know they need my help more than I need theirs, It feels good know I am helping them preserve their culture. I have a close relationship with Louis Lafontaine. I helped him get a parliamentary seat and together we have been working together to preserve the French language in Canada. Together we have revolutionized the government by leading a responsible ministry.

We are scared though. We would like to for this land to unite into one Canada but we are afraid of the French being flushed out by the British, and Americans. If only Mr. Macdonald could see that uniting with Lower Canada is only going to make Canada stronger, if only he could see what we have to offer. I do hope that the French culture is preserved, but like I said, it seems my time is up. I will join you soon.

-Robert Baldwin

Where Have We Been? Where Are We Going?

               Where have we been? Well, what does this questions even mean? What are we looking for? Ahhhhhh! This is one of those frustratingly awesome questions that keep us up at night, and just end up raising more questions. There are so many ways we can look at this question. Do we really know where we have been? If we look back, there seems to be a common goal, to be better, to progress. It started off with survival. First we were just surviving, and then more strategies and techniques arose to make survival a lot less of a problem. Now, in places like Coquitlam B.C. we don’t even worry about surviving, we have way bigger problems to deal with on a daily bases. Which makes me think. What if one day, all of the big problems in our lives such as school, work, and social problems, just don’t matter anymore? What Lies ahead?


Where are we going? It’s crazy that we think of any “new” things that will be made in the future, because then it isn’t new, you just thought of it. And as for what problems might make our current problems obsolete, it’s kind of a, we don’t know what we don’t know, situation. How can we know? Or, how don’t we know? Because on one hand, we can’t look too far into the future, but on the other hand, when we do look into the future a little, we are basically creating our future, or, what is now our present. One thing is certain though. We as humans are going to keep progressing, which is why this question is so interesting.

Parsons-Confederation Post #1

Dear Father,

April, 24, 1832

It’s me Robert. I have not written in a while so I thought this would be a good time. I am having a hard time right now, I’m sure you know that though. After I lost my seat in the election two years ago, things slowed down for me. I wasn’t a lawyer anymore, and even though I have still been working in politics, a lot of the things that I had been working for just ended in an uncanny stop. But I am keeping my head held high, at 28 years of age I still have a lot of time to make a difference in this land. Augusta and I are have another baby, which makes four. I know I need to stay strong for my family. I do not agree with some of the ways of some of the people in charge. I can change their ways thought, or help to. I am, as I know you are father, ready and willing to change the way minority groups are treated. I have a pretty loose friendship with Lower Canada that I am looking to tighten. I also want to hear about you, contact me back very soon.

-Robert Baldwin

Eminent 2015 Biblography-Parsons

As Eminent wraps up, here are my sources on Shane McConkey

1. McConkey – This was a documentary fallowing his whole life. It focused on his many accomplishments and the inspiring life he lived. I would recommend this to anyone just at an awesome movie.

2. Shane McConkey Wiki – I know that Wikipedia isn’t the first place we should be looking but I used this site for factual stuff like date of birth and hometown.

3. Mens Journal – This web page was about Shane’s final moments.

4. About Shane McConkey – This site had a lot of good info of Shane’s life, all of which matched up with the documentary.

5. National Geographic – This site was about some of Shane’s more extreme moments and how his wife was coping with the stress.