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About Dana
Dana Filek-Gibson is a journalist based in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. She writes primarily about travel, lifestyle, arts and culture. Previous work includes a full-length travel guidebook for Moon Travel Guides as well as features for publications such as Jetstar Australia, Silkwinds, and Saigoneer. She is fluent in both English and Vietnamese.
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A whole Everest to climb

29 Jul 2022  |  nationalobserver.com
The Pope's recent visit to Canada and formal apology to Indigenous Peoples for the Catholic Church's role in the residential school system marks a significant moment in the path to reconciliation. The apology, which came after years of pressure and a direct request from an Indigenous delegation to the Vatican, addresses the cultural destruction and forced assimilation experienced by over 150,000 Indigenous children. While the apology fulfills one of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's calls to action, reactions among Indigenous communities vary, with some welcoming the gesture and others feeling it falls short, particularly in acknowledging sexual abuse and the Church's institutional responsibility. The visit is seen as a first step, with further actions such as repatriating artifacts, releasing records, and rescinding the Doctrine of Discovery being called for by Indigenous Peoples. The Pope's visit is part of a larger journey towards healing, with the Truth and Reconciliation Commission outlining steps for the Church to take, emphasizing that the responsibility for reconciliation extends beyond Indigenous communities to all Canadians.

A guide to Canada's National Observer's on-the-ground coverage of COP26 and the climate emergency

23 Oct 2021  |  nationalobserver.com
Canada's National Observer will provide on-the-ground coverage of the COP26 climate conference in Glasgow, focusing on Canada's role in negotiations, climate finance, biodiversity, Indigenous rights, oceans, civil society, plastics, food systems, and the youth movement. The team acknowledges the carbon footprint of travel to the conference but emphasizes the importance of reporting on climate change and its implications for Canadians. The coverage will include insights from various reporters and multimedia content.

Time to stop playing nice with fossil fuel companies blocking climate action

14 May 2021  |  nationalobserver.com
Seth Klein, a columnist for Canada's National Observer, discusses the obstruction of climate action by fossil fuel companies and suggests that the government should take a firmer stance against these delays.

Justice Graeme Mitchell gifted a Métis sash at closing ceremony

18 Sep 2020  |  Canada's National Observer
Justice Graeme Mitchell unexpectedly attended the closing ceremony for Tristen Durocher's suicide prevention advocacy at Wascana Park in Regina on September 13, where he was presented with a Métis sash.

Sandy Garossino and Bruce Livesey on Canada’s Conservative Party

05 Jul 2020  |  www.nationalobserver.com
Linda Solomon Wood interviews Sandy Garossino and Bruce Livesey about the future of Canada's Conservative Party, the Meng trial, and current events in Trump's America.

Old Saigon feature on pp68-72

Moon Vietnam, published 2015, a full-length travel guidebook

"The Men Who Love Chickens", May 2013

"Life-Altering Bánh Mì in Vinh Long", March 2015

Completed copy for southern Vietnam section of Vietnam's national tourism website, 2016

[Photos] The Last Days of Saigon’s Pigeon Coop

16 Mar 2017  |  saigoneer.com
The article explores the history and current state of the Pasteur pigeon coop in Saigon, Vietnam. Le Van Au, a local furniture restorer, discusses the coop's past, dating back to the late 1910s or early 1920s, when it was built by the Hindu community and served as a place for people to feed pigeons. The coop, which is located near the Sri Thendayuttaphani Temple, has been unused for years, and the pigeons have long since disappeared. Despite the rapid urban development and the construction of a new skyscraper nearby, Au reflects philosophically on the inevitability of change and the importance of memory. The article captures the tension between Saigon's historical past and its modernizing present, as symbolized by the pigeon coop's survival amidst the city's transformation.

Vietnamese Athletes Head to the Start Line in First-Ever Asian Winter Games

16 Mar 2017  |  saigoneer.com
Vietnam's winter sports team is making its debut at the eighth annual Asian Winter Games in Japan's Hokkaido Prefecture. Six athletes from Saigon and Phan Thiet will compete in alpine and cross-country skiing, as well as snowboarding events. Despite the lack of snow in their tropical country, the athletes have trained on unconventional terrain, including Vietnam's streets and sand dunes. Team captain Nguyen Duc Manh and alpine skier Pham Tien Dat have some experience with snow from South Korea's Dream Program. The team is excited but nervous, and they aim to showcase their determination and the potential for winter sports development in Vietnam. Although the snowboarders had a challenging start, with Trinh Dinh Thoi finishing 18th and Nguyen Thai Binh not finishing, the team remains optimistic about the upcoming events.

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