My wife and I arrived in Edmonton in the winter of 1991. I was freelancing as a photographer for the Edmonton Sun when I met the actor Ben Cardinal, who had just returned after a movie stint in Russia. We discovered that we shared a basic knowledge of Russian, a fondness for potatoes and the experience of growing up in families destroyed by alcohol. That was the year that Chief Justice Allan McEachern released his judgment against Delgamuukw and quoted Thomas Hobbes’s words, “nasty, brutish and short,” in relation to Indigenous life. In our drunk and sober conversations inspired by McEachern’s verdict, Ben Cardinal and I developed a tradition of referring to ourselves as f–king Indian and f–king settler. Some years later, after Ben and I and our partners moved to Vancouver, I discovered a little book by Daniel Francis called Copying People. Inside is a photograph taken in the late 19th century depicting two Aboriginal elders sitting on a wooden bench in some remote coastal location. The caption says that they are believed to be close to 100 years old and they are both blind. In this picture they are indeed very old and they look very gentle.