War Canoe

The Double Helix

About Me

Hello

I'mJason Anson

a Sociology Student

In 2017, I started studying Sociology at Athabasca University towards a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology. This website may be of interest and use to politicians, academics, Indigenous people of Canada or anyone else concerned about whether or not progress has been made in this area. Specifically my research focuses on the Truth and Reconciliation Calls to Action #87 through #91.

Using a macrosociological and microsociological framework for analysis, I am working towards answering the question: Why has only one First Nation person gone to the Olympics in the sport of Canoe in 100 years? To do this, I have been observing and researching this topic since 2011 and I will continue through to the end goal of the 2024 Paris Olympic summer games. The 100 year anniversary since Canada demonstrated the sport of Canoe at the 1924 Paris Olympic summer games. Until then, this website will stay in a construction like zone as my research continues.

SomeUniversity Grades

Storyboard Design/Development: A+

Intro to Sociology II: B+

Research Methods in the SOSC: A-

Social Problems: B+

Docuseries: War Canoeology

The Sociological Imagination

Episode: Intro

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, augue theophrastus ex.

Episode: #87

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, augue theophrastus ex.

Episode: #88

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, augue theophrastus ex.

Episode: #89

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, augue theophrastus ex.

Episode: #90

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, augue theophrastus ex.

Episode: #91

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, augue theophrastus ex.

Government of Canada Progress

On December 15, 2015,Justice Murray Sinclair released the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC) 94 Calls to Action. On the same day, CBC reported that "the Prime Minister reiterated the Government of Canada’s commitment to implement the recommendations of the commission.". According to the CBC Beyond 94 website, which tracks the progress of the TRC Calls to Action by a) not started, b) in progress and c) complete. The Government of Canada had completed 10 of the 94 Calls to Action, of which three of them are in the Sports and Reconciliation section below.

TRC #87

Complete

The National Story of Aboriginal Athletes in History

"We call upon all levels of government, in collaboration with Aboriginal peoples, sports halls of fame, and other relevant organizations, to provide public education that tells the national story of Aboriginal athletes in history."

TRC #88

Complete

Long-Term Aboriginal Athlete Development

"We call upon all levels of government to take action to ensure long-term Aboriginal athlete development and growth, and continued support for the North American Indigenous Games, including funding to host the games and for provincial and territorial team preparation and travel."

TRC #89

Not Started

The Physical Activity and Sport Act

"We call upon the federal government to amend the Physical Activity and Sport Act to support reconciliation by ensuring that policies to promote physical activity as a fundamental element of health and well-being, reduce barriers to sports participation, increase the pursuit of excellence in sport, and build capacity in the Canadian sport system, are inclusive of Aboriginal peoples."

TRC #90

Complete

National Sports Policies, Programs and Initiatives

"We call upon the federal government to ensure that national sports policies, programs, and initiatives are inclusive of Aboriginal peoples"

TRC #91

In-Progress - Projects Proposed

International Sporting Events and Territorial Protocols

"We call upon the officials and host countries of international sporting events such as the Olympics, Pan Am, and Commonwealth games to ensure that Indigenous peoples’ territorial protocols are respected, and local Indigenous communities are engaged in all aspects of planning and participating in such events."

My Latest Essays

A microsociological scientific study of Canadian society, including patterns, relationships, interactions and culture in the Olympic sport of Canoe. #WePaddle

Social Movements, Class and Power: "Olympics! Meet War Canoe Racing"

Dual Colonialism: Racialized Discourse, Prejudice and Discrimination


I am not of an ethnic minority, my ancestry is predominantly French and German. As a result of being of European decent, I have an interest in Post-colonialism. Indigenous and Colonial topics are at
best a difficult undertaking to discuss from a balanced perspective. As a sociologist, I find it interesting to study the “whitestream” otherwise known as mainstream sport system in Canada. I specifically find the Olympic sport of Canoe fascinating where you have a “Double Helix” sport system broken into two streams based on “race”; a) mainstream/whitestream and b) Indigenous stream. I feel - through the lens of sport, it allows for a palatable narrative that can be accurately told from my sociological imagination.

Growing Up The Children of Institutionalized Parents


"The Duplessis Orphans were children victimized in a mid-20th century scheme in which approximately 20,000 orphaned children were falsely certified as mentally ill by the government of the province of Quebec, Canada."

While living full time on a West Coast First Nation reserve, I was able to relate with many of the indigenous people. The connection we made was one of mental health and shared experiences because our parents grew up as institutionalized children of a governmental system.

I am an only child of a mother, who raised me as a single parent for the first ten years of my life. My mother was raised from the ages of 2 years to 16 years in the Duplessis Orphanage system in Quebec. She experienced similar traumas as those raised in the “Indian” Residential School system. Wikipedia states that “The Duplessis Orphans were children victimized in a mid-20th century scheme in which approximately 20,000 orphaned children were falsely certified as mentally ill by the government of the province of Quebec, Canada, and confined to psychiatric institutions.” The Montreal orphanage my mother resided in was run by the Catholic Church. She was abused for many of those years. The long-term effects of the mental stress and physical abuse she suffered was immense. Not only did she have a short lifespan, but the mental health issues resulting from this abuse would be life changing for me as well.

#TRC88: Aboriginal paddlers welcome academy. #Olympic dreams, am I a Normal person?



1. Am I a normal person?” 

I felt I was always a normal person until I was 38 years old and diagnosed with a form of Autism known as High-Functioning Asperger’s. Which much to my surprise implied I was anything but normal.

2. How you came to be such a “normal” or “deviant” person, as the case may be. ? 

In 2011, Normal for me was my blog “The Sport Technologist Chronicles” and for me “deviant” was my unique perspective on my second blog introduced in 2013 “Living with Aspergers in Sport: My Evil Twin” post diagnosis. From 2004 to 2010, I developed athletic training software for retail and Olympic teams. By 2011, social media and blogging were a popular pastime for people. I wanted to explore the opportunities for demonstrating my skills as a Sport Technologist and I would develop a Sport Technology Canada Blueprint that helped all Canadian athletes to implement technology in their sport. In a short time, my social media would be extremely popular with more than 25,000 followers including many world sport scientists, sport organizations, coaching professionals and professional athletes. During this experience I came to see first hand how the mainstream and Indigenous sport institutions were treating the Indigenous people of Canada. Much to my surprise, my world would fall apart after being diagnosed with High-Functioning Asperger’s.

TRC Calls to Action

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada

War Canoe Canada

A microsociological scientific study of Canadian society, including patterns, relationships, interactions and culture in the Olympic sport of Canoe. #WePaddle

My Contacts

Indigenous Sport
+123-456-789
Canada

Search This Blog

Powered by Blogger.

Pages