RAD Histories shares stories of historical and ongoing resistance, activism, and displacement in engaging ways – on and offline.
Understanding the histories of the places we live is important. It helps us connect our present struggles to those that came before. It puts our lives and experiences in context.
For those of us who started this project, our connections to the land and to history have been severely weakened by colonialism and capitalism. Because of this, our knowledge about the histories of where we live is limited.
Resistance, Activism, and Displacement Histories (RAD Histories) is our attempt to address this.
With RAD Histories’ website, app, and social media you can learn and share stories of resistance, activism, and displacement at any time and anywhere you go.
My name is Aidan Pine and I’m a settler of mixed European ancestry. I grew up in, and went to university in unceded Coast Salish Territories. I am currently in transition between here and Gitxsan territory in Northern BC.
I have a degree in First Nations Languages and Linguistics and am interested in an interdisciplinary and applied approach to Linguistics, First Nations & Indigenous Studies, Education, and Computer Science. Specifically, I’m currently interested in how mobile/web technology can be leveraged to create educational, anti-colonial spaces. I am primarily involved in the development of Android/iOS apps for RAD Histories, but am also super interested in the higher level thinking around the project. I think that RAD Histories has a huge potential to promote learning and education about the reality of the places we live – and that’s why I’m interested in the project!
I’m Allison. I have lived most of my life in unceded Coast Salish Territories, and also studied, worked, and lived for three years in Montreal, in unceded Kanien’kehá:ka (Mohawk) territory.
Since I was a teenager I’ve been involved in community organizing around social and environmental justice issues. I have always loved reading and a few years ago I started to read more histories of social movements and theory about social change. I was amazed by how what I read transformed how I understood the world around me. Now, my approach to organizing is deeply informed by my ongoing learning about others’ struggles and successes.
Since moving to Vancouver in 2014, learning the histories of this city has been very important to me. I have volunteered with PeerNetBC as a historical diversity bus tour guide, and with the BC Labour Heritage Centre as a guide for their Working Class & Labour History Walking Tour. My aim with RAD Histories is to create accessible, engaging, informative resources so that others can learn this history too. In our team I do a lot of outreach and communications work.
I’m on the lookout for others who are working on similar projects so that we can establish relationships with them and collaborate and support one another. I’m also our main social media person, playing with different ways to share this information and get it into the hands and minds of the broadest audience possible. Get in touch with me on RAD Histories’ Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram!
I’m Victor! I was born in traditional Katzie territory and raised in the Okanagan. I am working on RAD Histories because I am a pretty big history geek, and love the idea of sharing and spreading knowledge about place.
I do web development for work and fun, and I think combining history with something interactive and easy-to-use is a great way to help people learn more about where they live. I’m building out most of the website-related stuff, and lending a hand on app work as well.
There are a lot of questions when it comes to how to tell histories. History is always tailored, to some degree – there’s not really any such thing as ‘just the facts’ – so a major part of building RAD is about understanding our own place as narrators and interpreters of history. My hope is mainly to collect and present a lot of the good information and stories already out there, in a useful and respectful way that can open up some new doors for people.
I’m definitely an ‘ideas’ person, so if you have some project or suggestions for RAD or otherwise, please do feel free to send a note to me! My email is firstname.lastname@example.org.
RAD Histories’ logo was designed by Joshua Pawis-Steckley. Josh was born in Barrie, ON and has lived in Toronto, Halifax, and now Vancouver. Josh studied graphic design in Halifax at Nova Scotia Community College. He has been painting for 5 years and doing freelance Graphic Design for the past 2 years.
Our logo shows an open book, from the pages of which spring features of the Vancouver landscape. From left to right it depicts Snauq, False Creek, the Burrard Street bridge, the north-shore mountains, Science World, and the Fountain Chapel. These are some of the many places featured on the RAD Histories site due to their connections to past and present resistance, activism, and displacement.