Trek Magazine - - In Memoriam -

What is your most prized pos­ses­sion?

If the house was burn­ing down, first thing I’d grab are my jour­nals and fam­ily pho­tos. Pre­cious con­nec­tive tis­sue to my past.

Who was your child­hood hero?

Wayne Gret­zky. Wept like a baby when he was traded to LA, then I went back to be­ing a Leafs fan.

De­scribe the place you most like to spend time.

Sit­ting on the dock of the bay (or lake or river).

What was the last thing you read?

Em­bers by Richard Wagamese. Sadly, he died not long af­ter I read it. Such a loss.

What or who makes you laugh out loud?

Both my kids tease me ir­rev­er­ently, and make me snort on a reg­u­lar ba­sis.

What’s the most im­por­tant les­son you ever learned?

“Do unto oth­ers...” I’m not Chris­tian, but as far as a suc­cinct prin­ci­ple to guide one’s life, that’s a pretty sweet les­son.

What’s your idea of the per­fect day?

The per­fect day is when I learn some­thing, when I feel an emo­tion and when I am alive to the world around me: see­ing, smelling, tast­ing, lis­ten­ing. The BEST day is when I man­age to cap­ture that day in writ­ten word.

What was your nick­name at school?

In el­e­men­tary, I was cursed with Dunkin Donuts and Dun­can Hines (as in cake mix). In high school, Funky Dunky was bandied about but never stuck.

What would be the ti­tle of your au­to­bi­og­ra­phy?

The Ut­terly Un­ver­i­fied Shoe Boy Chronicles

If a ge­nie granted you one wish, what would it be?

Global In­dige­nous self-de­ter­mi­na­tion. Make it so.

What item have you owned for the long­est time?

My clas­sic English teddy bear. Given to me by my Mom in my first year of life. Still watches over me at night.

What is your lat­est pur­chase?

A USB charg­ing ca­ble. I leave so many of those things in ho­tel rooms...

Whom do you most ad­mire (liv­ing or dead) and why?

Mal­com X. What a life, what a man. I ad­mire his brains, his fire, his will­ing­ness to ac­knowl­edge and learn from his mis­takes.

What would you like your epi­taph to say?

“He helped his com­mu­nity. Oh, and told some pretty good sto­ries.”

If you could in­vent some­thing, what would it be?

A lightsabre. Natch. And I’d like to be able to fix the hy­per­drive.

In which era would you most like to have lived, and why?

I’d love to know what it was re­ally like at First Con­tact in this place known as Tur­tle Is­land.

What are you afraid of?

I fear fail­ing. I know I’d be a bet­ter per­son if I could em­brace fail­ure – but I’m fail­ing at that.

Name the skill or tal­ent you would most like to have.

To stick­han­dle with­out look­ing at the puck and deke a goalie out of his jock­strap, while do­ing my own play-by-play in Anisi­naabe­mowin (the Ojib­way lan­guage).

Which three pieces of mu­sic would you take to that desert is­land?

Col­lected works of Neil Young, Blue Rodeo and U2.

Which fa­mous per­son (liv­ing or dead) do you think (or have you been told) you most re­sem­ble?

I’ve been told Johnny Depp and – whoah – Keanu Reeves.

What is your pet peeve?

I re­ally can’t stand pay­ing for camp­sites. It re­ally bugs me.

What are some of your UBC high­lights?

The Abo­rig­i­nal Moot in law school. Sweat­lodges at the UBC First Na­tions House of Learn­ing. And, when I be­came an ad­junct pro­fes­sor, launch­ing the Re­port­ing in In­dige­nous Com­mu­ni­ties course at the Grad­u­ate School of Jour­nal­ism.

Award-win­ning jour­nal­ist Dun­can McCue is the host of CBC Ra­dio One’s Cross Coun­try Checkup. McCue was a re­porter for CBC News in Van­cou­ver for over 15 years and taught jour­nal­ism at the UBC Grad­u­ate School of Jour­nal­ism. Dur­ing this time, he was rec­og­nized by the Cana­dian Eth­nic Me­dia As­so­ci­a­tion with an In­no­va­tion Award for de­vel­op­ing cur­ricu­lum on In­dige­nous is­sues. Now based in Toronto, his news and cur­rent af­fairs pieces con­tinue to be fea­tured on CBC’s flag­ship news show, The Na­tional. McCue’s work has gar­nered sev­eral awards from the Ra­dio Tele­vi­sion Dig­i­tal News As­so­ci­a­tion and the Jack Web­ster Foun­da­tion. He was part of a CBC Abo­rig­i­nal in­ves­ti­ga­tion into miss­ing and mur­dered In­dige­nous women that won nu­mer­ous hon­ours, in­clud­ing the Hill­man Award for In­ves­tiga­tive Jour­nal­ism. In 2011, he was awarded a Knight Fel­low­ship at Stan­ford Univer­sity, where he cre­ated an on­line guide for jour­nal­ists called Re­port­ing in In­dige­nous Com­mu­ni­ties (riic.ca). McCue is also an au­thor. His book The Shoe Boy: A Trapline Me­moir re­counts a sea­son he spent in a hunt­ing camp with a Cree fam­ily in north­ern Que­bec as a teenager. Be­fore be­com­ing a jour­nal­ist, McCue stud­ied English at the Univer­sity of King’s Col­lege, then law at UBC. He was called to the bar in Bri­tish Columbia in 1998. McCue is Anishi­naabe, a mem­ber of the Chippe­was of Ge­orgina Is­land First Na­tion in south­ern On­tario, and the proud fa­ther of two chil­dren.

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