About Bruce Ferguson

We are working on putting together a more extensive biography, but for now we've reproduced below Bruce's own self-description:
 

Since 1977 I have taken an interest in the aboriginal struggle to regain control of our lives, lands and resources.  In pursuing this interest I obtained a Bachelor of General Studies degree at Brandon University in the 1980s, and worked in the urban aboriginal communities in the Lower Mainland and Victoria, BC.  I have many questions about the community we have become in the last 30-40 years and that has led me to pursing a second Bachelor degree in Philosophy.  As an older learner, my learning goals are in line with a life moving towards a reflective phase.  Philosophy will give me tools to do the important work of thinking, writing and proposing ideas over the next 20-30 years.

In so many ways, I sense that our communities have become microcosms of the society we rejected in the 1970’s; stories of Aboriginal chiefs and other leaders taking home pay that is disproportional to their work and sometimes at the expense of their people.  Stories of the “Indian industry” and service delivery strategies that treat people as clients and not as people.  There is a trend I fear that our communities are fast becoming white systems fronted by red faces.

I take encouragement that these dynamics are also signs of moving towards self-governance.  I believe that we need to have a discussion of the cut-and-paste strategies that are used to develop programming and make decisions in the community.  We need time to think and to think critically, to think long term with sustainability in mind and there is much work to do in the arena of ideas.   To create organic aboriginal dynamics that are both contemporary and rooted in history and environment (tradition) requires that we start from scratch, to define and re-evaluate the role of Indigenous philosophy and spirituality and how these are in conversation with our western counterparts.