Top 5 Reasons to Hire a Writer

Top 5 Reasons to Hire a Writer

Let’s face it: the digital world is here to stay and if all of us are going to be using websites and social media to communicate, shop, share and live then we had better be doing it well. One of the biggest stumbling blocks that is facing companies, non-profits and charities these days is good, […]

Nakita Valerio Honoured with Alberta Graduate Student Scholarship

Nakita Valerio Honoured with Alberta Graduate Student Scholarship

Join The Drawing Board community in congratulating owner and editor-in-chief, Nakita Valerio, on being the recipient of a Government of Alberta Graduate Student Scholarship. The Graduate Student Scholarship recognizes and rewards outstanding students in their second year of a full-time masters program in Alberta. Award recipients are selected based on all marks obtained in the […]

Online Gaming, Pokemon Cards & Life Lessons

Online Gaming, Pokemon Cards & Life Lessons

Conversations with children can be surprisingly insightful and educational. I love my breakfast-table conversations with my boys, on early weekend mornings. It’s a safe space for my kids to share their quirky gaming stories, talk about their friends and interests or ask those difficult, thought-provoking life questions. I make sure every now and then, to […]

Islamophobia & Intersectionality: The Implications for Feminism

Islamophobia & Intersectionality: The Implications for Feminism

This talk was given by Nakita Valerio at the University of Alberta for a panel discussion on Islamophobia: Intersections & Cross Currents in honour of International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. Peace be upon all of you First of all, a huge thank you to Professor Janice Williamson for making the time and […]

Religious Freedom, Islam and Secular Society

Religious Freedom, Islam and Secular Society

This talk was delivered by Nakita Valerio on March 18, 2017 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints as part of the interfaith event, Religious Freedoms: A Community Conversation. Assalamu ‘alaikum, peace be upon all of you. I want to thank you all for having me here today, especially the organizers for […]

On Anger & Activism: Being Understood as Muslims by Our Allies

On Anger & Activism: Being Understood as Muslims by Our Allies

This is going to be crunchy. I have been reading a lot of articles about anger in activist communities and, on the one hand, I feel like there is clearly valid resistance within those communities to the racialized or gendered stereotypes of angry activists because it delegitimizes real feelings and dehumanizes people to paint everyone […]

How I surrendered to my PTSD

How I surrendered to my PTSD

It had been two months since my sister’s murder.  There I sat, crying in front of Dr. Meiers.  I did not feel relief from this.  I hated crying in front of other people.  It felt like a sign of weakness even if I knew logically that wasn’t true. If fact I never viewed it as […]

Intersectionality: Compounded Discrimination

Intersectionality: Compounded Discrimination

Intersectionality is a critical concept that has grown out of individuals’ lived experiences of how complex privilege and discrimination can be and how different strains of discrimination and oppression interact and compound each other. Intersectionality is often cited as a necessary tool to combat racism (overt and implicit) in feminism, or transphobia/exclusion in LGBTQ activism, […]

Five Ways to Set Yourself Up for Writing Success

Five Ways to Set Yourself Up for Writing Success

I have written previously about the difficulties that accompany the writing process. When I really got to thinking about how people cope with these challenges while also pursuing other ambitions – careers, raising a family, cooking dinner every night – I realized that for the most part, they don’t. A lot of us are not […]

Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women: Canada’s 1, 182+

Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women: Canada’s 1, 182+

Believe it or not: there is a major Human Rights violation occurring in Canada right now. Since 1980, at least 1,182 Aboriginal women are missing or have been murdered.  The Federal Indigenous Affairs Minister, however, admits that, despite these statistics, this number is likely substantially higher. How does something like this happen? Twelve hundred mothers, […]