Another interesting thing about cottage life is how they can create crossroads among Indigenous Canadians and everyone who came later. Professor Stevens said that some First Nations in Ontario had benefited by leasing land for summer places, but there are also fights over issues like Indigenous hunting and fishing rights and land claims.
That relationship is the subject of a humorous play, “Cottagers and Indians,” by Drew Hayden Taylor, an Ojibway playwright. It will tour Ontario this fall and in February return to Toronto’s Tarragon Theater, where it was staged earlier this year.
Professor Stevens, who is writing a book on Ontario’s affection for cottages, spends a lot of time at them but doesn’t own one. “My wife is not a cottage person,” he explained.
Canada Day Reading
The longest walk from school. This obituary of an Aboriginal Australian who was taken from her parents at age 8 and sent to a school 800 miles away reminded me of how Canada’s residential school system tore Indigenous children away from their families and communities. It tells the astonishing tale of how Daisy Kadibil, her sister and a cousin escaped from the school intended to assimilate them and then spent nine weeks walking back home, their route guided by a fence intended to keep rabbits out of pastureland. Daisy Kadibil, 95, Whose Australia Trek Inspired a Film, Dies
If they build it, you may pay. Mahinda Rajapaksa, Sri Lanka’s former president, thought that a massive port was just what his country needed. No one else did. But Chinese state-owned enterprises were happy to lend vast amounts of money to build it. In a deeply reported story, my colleague Maria Abi-Habib lays out how that debt was a noose. Now, Sri Lanka has handed the port and 15,000 acres of land over to China for 99 years.
From the archives. The Times famously proclaims each day on its print front page to offer “All the News That’s Fit to Print.” It can be a hoot to see how editors defined that in the past. By way of example, I offer a tall tale from 1895 about a “Canadian woodsman,” a moose and their encounter in Mecunoma, a long-vanished village in Muskoka.