Birgit Schinke

Independent Historian

Born in Montreal to newly immigrated Germans, Birgit Schinke has had the experience of growing up as an allophone during the birth of the sovereignty movement in Quebec. She lived in Cambridge, UK from 1978-85 and graduated with Honours BA in Geography and Economics (1983).  After moving to Vancouver, BC she went on to graduate with a Post Baccalaureate Diploma in Communications from Simon Fraser University (1991) and a Post Baccalaureate Diploma in Applied Creative Non-Fiction from the University of British Columbia (1992). It was through research on her ethnicity that Birgit completed her Masters in Counselling Psychology from the Adlerian School of Professional Psychology (1998).  She has been clinically involved with social justice work since 1992.

Battle of Waterberg (1904)

Herero Attack at Okahandja, German South-West Africa, 1903 "Image Ownership: Public Domain" The Battle of Waterberg on August 11, 1904 in German South-West Africa (Namibia), triggered the annihilation decree by German military of the Herero people, the indigenous nomadic inhabitants of the area.  An estimated … Read MoreBattle of Waterberg (1904)

Michael Bernard Beckwith (1956- )

"Image Ownership: Public Domain" Dr. Michael Bernard Beckwith, a leading New Thought minister, was born in 1956, and is married to Rickie Byars Beckwith, also a New Thought leader.  Together they have four children and six grandchildren. Dr Beckwith was the founder, in 1986, of … Read MoreMichael Bernard Beckwith (1956- )

Youssou N’Dour (1959- )

Youssou N’Dour, West African humanitarian, activist, and musician, often cited as father of modern Afro-pop, was born in 1959 in the Medina neighborhood of Dakar, the capitol of Senegal. His father, Elimane N’Dour, of the Serer ethnic group, supported his family as an auto mechanic. Yosusou’s … Read MoreYoussou N’Dour (1959- )

Richard Pierce [“Richie”] Havens (1941-2013)

Image Courtesy of the Music’s Over Website Richie Havens, born Richard Pierce Havens, was an esteemed musician, writer, educator, and actor. Havens was born in Brooklyn on January 21, 1941 to a music-infused family. His father, Richard Havens, was a Blackfoot Native-American ear piano player, … Read MoreRichard Pierce [“Richie”] Havens (1941-2013)