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187: Is Repatriation Really ‘Reconciliation’?
Nov 28 • 52 min
This week: Bringing blood home. Over a half-century after their removal, a large cluster of blood samples from Indigenous islanders in Australia have been returned to whence they came. The result of direct negotiations with the affected community, the…
186: Panning Pan-Northernism
Nov 25 • 37 min
“What was CBC North management thinking?” A question fresh on the mind of CBC audiences and CBC staff this week, shocked and dismayed at the decision to combine three territorial morning newscasts into one. A decision that proved short-lived,…
185: Grading “Indian Control of Indian Education” in North America
Nov 18 • 40 min
This week, class dismissed—or should we say class denied? A North Carolina advisory board has rejected a proposed Native charter school on the grounds its curriculum would be too radical. Of course, that’s all in the eyes of the beholder, but with…
184: Escaping the Orbit of Settler Colonialism
Nov 11 • 44 min
It’s a dilemma that confronts much of Indigenous media: with so much of our time spent working to counter, correct and contextualize mainstream misinformation, do we not risk becoming “This Week in Settler Colonialism”? Does routinely responding…
183: Post-Election Post-Mort Part-Two
Oct 30 • 55 min
This week, the back half of our post-Canadian-election post-mortem, featuring the Yellowhead Institute’s Hayden King and Vanessa Watts. In part one of our discussion, we compared the relative prominence of so-called Indigenous issues this election…
182: An Indigenous Post-Election Post-Mortem (Pt. 1)
Oct 25 • 46 min
Barely 3 days after the Liberals’ return to power — only this time, as a minority government — we wonder what that could mean for Indigenous peoples going forward. Did Indigenous issues make a difference this election? Did Indigenous voters? Joining…
181: Crunching the Numbers of Canadian Colonialism
Oct 14 • 55 min
It’s been quite the week for the bottom-line of Canadian colonialism. First, a blunt assessment of what the lives of First Nations’ kids are worth as the Liberals push to quash compensation for damage done by the child welfare system. Then, as part of…
180: Is the Green Movement Still Too White?
Oct 8 • 45 min
This week, grousing over Greta. Even though millions recently took to the streets as part of world-wide Climate Strikes, the media still seems to reserve most of its spotlight for the teenage Swedish activist Greta Thunberg. And yet, not everyone’s…
179: Taking the Measure of Data on Indigenous Peoples
Sep 29 • 46 min
This week: taking the measure of data about Indigenous peoples. It’s a bit of a departure from our usual roundtable format—the first of our live audience discussions connected to the annual Weweni Indigenous Scholars Speakers Series, sponsored by…
178: Dissecting the Debate on Indigenous Affairs
Sep 18 • 65 min
Who’da thunk it? For once, we at MEDIA INDIGENA are happy to be wrong—right out of the gate at the first leaders debate, Indigenous issues are on the radar of Canada’s federal election. But will they continue to enjoy that spotlight? And among…
Ep 177: How will Indigenous issues fare this Canadian election?
Sep 14 • 43 min
This week: the not-so-amazing race to form Canada’s next government! That’s right: it’s federal election time from now until October 21. But will Indigenous interests factor much if at all into this election? We discuss the recent efforts by the…
176: Deodorizing Dior
Sep 8 • 35 min
From the second it hit social media, the new ad campaign for the House of Dior’s so-called ‘Sauvage’ cologne kicked up a stink. In fact, as soon as Native Twitter got wind of the new video—starring the notorious Johnny Depp—the blowback was…
175: The Serious Business of Self-Indigenization
Aug 28 • 70 min
On this week’s collected, connected conversations—the last in our Summer Series—the serious business of self-Indigenization. On its face, Indigenous identity would seem like it would be simple to understand who is and who isn’t First Nations,…
174: Conversations on the Climate Crisis
Aug 19 • 67 min
On this week’s collected, connected conversations (number eight in our Summer Series): comprehending and combating Climate Change. And as our current crisis continues to heat up the planet, it’s also lit a fire under MEDIA INDIGENA. That’s…
173: Remaking the Indigenous Family (Pt. 2)
Aug 12 • 74 min
Comprehending Canada’s Child Welfare Complex
172: Re-making the Indigenous Family (Pt. 1)
Aug 5 • 63 min
On this episode’s collected, connected conversations (the sixth in this Summer Series): Part One of “Re-making the Indigenous Family.” Said to be among society’s most sacrosanct institutions, ‘The Family’ is a core site and source of social…
171: An Indigenous Chronicle of Christianity
Jul 28 • 59 min
On this week’s collected, connected conversations (the fifth of our summertime shows): how core concepts of Christianity continue to inspire and infuse the laws, attitudes and actions of supposedly secular Settler states toward Indigenous peoples….
170: Reckoning with Reconciliation
Jul 21 • 73 min
On this week’s collected, connected conversations (the fourth in our Summer Series shows): reckoning with Reconciliation. But what is ‘Reconciliation’? How should it happen? Questions that arise time and time again on our podcast. Questions that are…
169: Putting Science under an Indigenous microscope
Jul 13 • 65 min
On this week’s collected, connected conversations (the third in our Summer Series), we head to the lab to put Science under the microscope. From archaeology to genetics to the ethics of biological research, Indigenous people are commonly subjects of…
168: How Mainstream Media Misrepresent Indigenous Peoples
Jul 5 • 67 min
This week’s collected, connected conversations, the second in our Summer Series, feature a focus on the media. From blatant double-standards, to persistent narratives of First Nations ‘failure,’ to victim-blaming, Canadian media has long…
167: Confronting History, Unmaking Heroes
Jun 26 • 50 min
Given how all of our Summer Series shows dig deep into our archives, perhaps it’s only fitting that our first episode of the season explores history and heroes. Although, as you’ll hear, what constitutes the latter is certainly in the eye of the…
166: An Indigenous Vetting of the ‘V-Word’: Victim
Jun 15 • 28 min
THIS WEEK: Vetting the V-word. ‘Victims’ and ‘victimhood’—it’s controversial conceptual territory for many, and depending on your vantage point, distressing for different reasons. In this, our third and final look at reactions stirred up by the…
165: The G Word—Why Canada and genocide belong in the same sentence
Jun 12 • 51 min
What’s in a word? Well, when that word is “genocide” and you’re part of Canada’s mostly-white, mostly-male commentariat, nothing, apparently. And if you’re like the Prime Minister, the word supposedly matters much less than the vague actions…
164: The Inquiry into how Indigenous women and girls became targets for Canadian genocide
Jun 4 • 40 min
This episode, we discuss reaction to the final report of Canada’s National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls. This week marks the official release of that report, just days after details of a leaked copy were circulated by…
163: Australian government tries to deport Indigenous people as “aliens”
May 29 • 34 min
This week: State of Alienation. It was a country that didn’t even exist 120 years ago. Yet, today, authorities in Australia are convinced they’re somehow justified in declaring certain Indigenous people to be illegal ‘aliens,’ individuals the…
162: Running hatred up the flagpole in Saskatchewan
May 16 • 35 min
THIS WEEK: Raising (and removing) red flags in Saskatchewan. A small Prairie village suddenly finds itself at the centre of a storm after one of its residents publicly displays flags long associated with hate. Now a First Nations man is being…
161: Are there Indigenous pathways out of our planet’s biodiversity crisis?
May 14 • 66 min
THIS WEEK: Earth’s bio-diversity death spiral—can we change course? A new United Nations study paints a dark picture of the future, a future pretty much guaranteed if we as a planet continue to follow a path of economic, political and ecological…
160: All White History is Revisionist History
May 5 • 38 min
This week: How a lake in the States lost its Indigenous name, re-gained it, only to potentially lose it again because of a Minnesota court decision. Join us as we dive into the details of the Dakota waters known as Bde Maka Ska (aka Lake Calhoun)….
159: Are Indigenous reactions to the Notre Dame Fire a teachable moment for Settlers?
Apr 26 • 28 min
Picking up where last week’s round table left off, this week is the second half of our deep dive into the dark response to the Notre Dame Cathedral fire, as we explore whether the spiritual schism triggered by its destruction might actually contain…
158: The Indigenous ‘Grief Gap’ over the Notre Dame Cathedral Fire
Apr 22 • 37 min
This week: the Indigenous ‘grief gap’ over Notre Dame. We’ll react to the reaction that flooded social media over footage of the fire that ripped through France’s Notre Dame cathedral. What do we make of the apparent lack of sympathy displayed by some…
157: Do non-Inuit get to perform Inuit throat-singing?
Apr 14 • 40 min
This week: Sonic sovereignty? With Inuit widely credited as creators of a distinctive form of throat-singing, does it follow that they alone should get to perform it? We’ll discuss the increasingly vocal fallout over the fact that a Cree…
156: Liberal Smugness in the Face of Slow-Motion Genocide
Apr 8 • 33 min
This week: Crashing the Liberal party. After an advocate interrupts a recent partisan fundraiser to implore Canada’s prime minister to do right by a First Nation ravaged by industrial pollution, Justin Trudeau thought it’d be funny to thank her for…
155: How Do We Solve “The Settler Problem”?
Mar 31 • 48 min
What happens when you reverse the lens and try to unpack what it means to be a Settler? What’s the difference between Settler colonialism and white supremacy—is it one of kind or degree? And can we ever hope to solve “The Settler Problem”?…
154: Is Canada’s forgiving loans it forced on First Nations “reconciliation”?
Mar 24 • 39 min
It’s being called a reconciliatory move: a new Liberal budget forgiving interest charges on loans taken out by First Nations to cover the costs of treaty negotiations in British Columbia. But just how grateful should anyone be to a country that…
153: Another class action for another stolen generation
Mar 18 • 35 min
This week, another stolen generation, another class action. Three billion dollars, thousands upon thousands of children. These are the stakes of a potential class action alleging the federal government knowingly and “systematically” underfunded child…
152: Claiming Indigenous Rights to the 5G Wireless Radio Spectrum
Mar 10 • 37 min
On this week’s Indigenous roundtable: high-tech treaty rights. According to Māori in New Zealand, their treaty rights don’t just extend to resources of the land and sea, they also include a fair share of the radio spectrum known as 3G, 4G and…
151: A Head Scratcher of a Headdress
Mar 3 • 45 min
THIS WEEK: A headdress head scratcher. What exactly did the premier of Alberta—a province hell-bent on hydrocarbon exploitation, come what may—do to deserve the honour of a Blackfoot headdress? Then again, could it be that, as non-Blackfoot,…
150: A Navajo Majority Sparks Upheaval in Utah
Feb 23 • 38 min
This week, a battle over boundaries in the state of Utah. We discuss the simmering split in San Juan County, where a majority Indigenous population now has an Indigenous majority representing it on the region’s top decision making body. And while…
149: The Deafening Silences in Canada’s Indigenous Languages Act
Feb 15 • 29 min
Back from our brief hiatus, this week’s show speaks frankly about why the Liberal government’s proposed Indigenous Languages Act is mostly notable for what it doesn’t say. Joining us this week is special return guest Lorena Fontaine, Indigenous…
148: War on the Wet’suwet’en?
Jan 13 • 110 min
This week… Another BC battlefront: Why Wet’suwet’en resistance to the Coastal Gas Link pipeline project is—and isn’t—so complicated to understand. Revitalizing MEDIA INDIGENA: Why us taking a break after 147 consecutive weeks is the best…
147: MAMASKATCH: A Cree Coming of Age (Pt. 2)
Dec 30, 2018 • 47 min
This week, the second installment in our two-part conversation with Darrel McLeod, author of Mamaskatch: A Cree Coming of Age. Winner of the 2018 Governor-General’s award for non-fiction, Mamaskatch has been lauded for its raw, revealing portrait of…
146: MAMASKATCH: A Cree Coming of Age (Pt. 1)
Dec 23, 2018 • 46 min
This week, we present part one of our two-part conversation with Darrel McLeod, whose memoir recently won this year’s Governor-General’s award for non-fiction. Also joining host/producer Rick Harp for this special edition of the roundtable: Rick’s…
145: Policing the Police of Thunder Bay
Dec 15, 2018 • 61 min
Policing the police: A new review of Thunder Bay law enforcement finds the quality of their investigations so flawed many need to be re-opened; Fighting fakery: How a BC media outlet is trying to tackle inauthentic ‘Indigenous’ art; Off track:…
144: International Symposium on Indigenous Communities and Climate Change
Dec 9, 2018 • 41 min
This week, we share two presentations delivered on day two of the International Symposium on Indigenous Communities and Climate Change, hosted this December 6th and 7th by Princeton University in New Jersey. Part of a line-up featuring nine speakers…
143: Should Canada criminalize efforts to deny or trivialize the genocide of Indigenous peoples?
Dec 1, 2018 • 60 min
1. How to deal with denial? Can links be drawn between minimizing the intent and impacts of residential schools of the not-so-distant past with the contemporary practice of forced/coerced sterilization of Indigenous women in Canada? A question top of…
142: Inflaming the Issue: Could fire-ridden California have benefitted from Indigenous knowledge?
Nov 23, 2018 • 59 min
1. Fighting fire with fire? Why some say the massive blazes ripping across parts of California did not have to be so furious or fatal, if only the state would listen more to Indigenous peoples. 2. Cultural linchpin or not-so-scenic buzzkill? Why some…
141: SLAPPed Silly? Alberta First Nation threatens one of its own with $1M libel lawsuit
Nov 15, 2018 • 56 min
1. Child and family fraud? How a potential class action lawsuit against one B.C. social worker has exposed some gaping vulnerabilities in a system supposedly set up to care for kids. 2. Lodging complaints: What the mainstream media missed in its…
140: Unpacking the Colonial Foundations of Philanthropy
Nov 10, 2018 • 58 min
THIS WEEK… What’s in a name? Everything, for Indigenous families hoping to reclaim their people’s traditional naming practices. What gives with philanthropy? The author of a new book on the subject says it’s time to decolonize the sector. Grief…
139: Will Brazil’s New President Further Imperil Indigenous Peoples?
Nov 4, 2018 • 49 min
This week… The Will of Brazil: Indigenous advocates raise huge red flags over the election of super right wing president Jair Bolsonaro. Duty Delayed: The Supreme Court rules that Canada does not owe a duty to consult First Nations in the…
138: Will Legal Cannabis Spark a Jackpot or Jeopardy for Indigenous Peoples?
Oct 28, 2018 • 56 min
This week, part two of our live show at the University of Winnipeg on the potential impacts of cannabis legalization on Indigenous peoples in Canada. Part one featured matters of jurisdiction and justice; this time ‘round, we look at the way some…
137: Questions of Cannabis Justice and Jurisdiction for Indigenous Peoples
Oct 25, 2018 • 55 min
On this week’s program, recorded live in Winnipeg, we stir the pot now that Canada’s cannabis countdown is complete, making it only the second country in the world to legalize marijuana. But what could this all mean for Indigenous peoples? Some…
136: Why Decarbonization and Decolonization Go Hand-in-Hand
Oct 14, 2018 • 81 min
Twelve years. According to a new report from the UN-backed Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), that’s how long we have to act both decisively and radically concerning the climate if we are to keep life viable for much if not most of…
135: What Does Indigenization of Education Really Mean?
Oct 7, 2018 • 75 min
This week, our special live-audience episode in Edmonton, where we discussed… Protocol Schmotocol: What one professor’s slide into another’s DMs on Twitter in search of help on a highly-sensitive subject can teach us about ethical research……
134: What does Settler solidarity with Indigenous peoples look like?
Sep 29, 2018 • 36 min
This week we bring you ‘part two’ of last week’s round table, one that ran unusually long because of our extended discussion about APTN’s controversial reality show, “First Contact.” Those outstanding two topics are… Prime directive: A leaked…
133: Some Second Thoughts on ‘First Contact’
Sep 20, 2018 • 61 min
Provocative or problematic? We discuss why opinion is sharply divided over ‘First Contact,’ a new APTN mini-series showcasing Canadians’ deep ignorance about Aboriginal peoples. And, with our discussion going so in-depth and protracted, we eat up…
132: Culture-making in an Age of Assimilation and Appropriation
Sep 14, 2018 • 62 min
1. ‘Sinful’ ceremony: a Cree community finds itself at spiritual odds over whether to allow a pow-wow some regard as blasphemous. // 2. Must the show go on? Robert Lepage’s first attempt to tell “the story of Canada through the prism of…
131: Settler consternation over consultation with Indigenous peoples
Sep 8, 2018 • 67 min
Is a controversial pipeline now a pipe-dream? Canada’s Federal Court of Appeal has just ruled that plans to expand the Trans Mountain pipeline are to be put on hold until the government gets its act together on the potential impacts of greater oil…
130: Surfacing abuse allegations against one of Canada’s notorious man-camps
Sep 3, 2018 • 52 min
1. Man camp controversy: decades-old abuse allegations against hydro-dam workers finally surface in Manitoba. Might it spark a flood of similar complaints? 2. Stat spat: talk of a new federal holiday commemorating the survivors of residential schools…
129: A Primer on Pipelines and Indigenous Peoples
Aug 24, 2018 • 80 min
Our ninth and final episode of our Summer Series collects and connects conversations about pipelines, in particular, the Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion project. Featured voices in this episode include (in order of appearance): Indigenous Resource…
128: Colten Boushie Retrospective
Aug 17, 2018 • 95 min
On this week’s episode, the second-last show in our Summer Series, we revisit the troubling death of Colten Boushie—the 22-year old member of the Red Pheasant First Nation shot and killed back in August of 2016 by a then-54-year-old white farmer…
127: Why It’s Still Not Okay in Thunder Bay for Indigenous People
Aug 10, 2018 • 72 min
Our seventh Summer Series episode collects and connects conversations about Thunder Bay, a small northwestern Ontario city where a huge amount of hostility has been directed at Indigenous people. It’s a negativity so persistent and pervasive, it is…
126: Moving beyond lip service for Indigenous languages
Aug 3, 2018 • 61 min
Our sixth Summer Series episode collects and connects conversations about language: more specifically, the politics of Indigenous language rights and funding in Canada. Featured voices this episode include: Lorena Fontaine, an associate professor of…
125: Is Canada’s newest solution to the Indian Act worse than the problem? (Part 2)
Jul 27, 2018 • 54 min
This week’s episode, the fifth in our Summer Series, wraps up our two-part conversation with the Yellowhead Institute’s Hayden King and Shiri Pasternak about their critique of the Trudeau government’s Indigenous Rights, Recognition and Implementation…
124: Is Canada’s newest solution to the Indian Act worse than the problem? (Part 1)
Jul 20, 2018 • 54 min
The fourth show of our Summer Series begins our two-part look at an emerging set of proposed laws and policies that, if implemented, could majorly affect—some say threaten—Indigenous rights in Canada. It’s called the Indigenous Rights, Recognition…
123: A taste of Indigenous food politics
Jul 13, 2018 • 64 min
Our third Summer Series episode collects and connects conversations about food: it’s a veritable buffet of some of our most filling discussions, from access to traditional foods to culture clashes over Settler vs. Indigenous diets. Featured voices…
122: Canada’s systems of (mis)education and Indigenous peoples
Jul 6, 2018 • 79 min
Our second Summer Series episode collects and connects conversations about education: from inadequate funding to lack of Indigenous representation in many school curricula, we explore systemic issues and the lived experience of some Indigenous…
121: Water as a fundamental human and treaty right
Jul 1, 2018 • 49 min
For the first episode in our MEDIA INDIGENA: the Summer Edition series, we take a deep dive into water, from its status as a fundamental human and treaty right, to more nitty-gritty matters of funding, infrastructure and accountability. Featured…
120: Looking at Trump’s brutal border policies through an Indigenous lens
Jun 21, 2018 • 51 min
THIS WEEK / Separation anxiety: as the U.S. catches criticism for splitting up migrant families and isolating their kids, some wonder if the concern comes off as just a little bit selective / Tipi takedown: an encampment set up near Saskatchewan’s…
119: Why DNA “Indigenous ancestry” tests ain’t worth a doggone dime
Jun 16, 2018 • 62 min
THIS WEEK // Survey says: We opine on a poll asking Canadians what they think should be done regarding Indigenous peoples. Statistically insignificant: The auditor general does a number on the federal government’s glaring gaps in data for First…
118: Canada’s First-ever First Nations Think Tank
Jun 8, 2018 • 56 min
This week—Yellowhead, Red Flags: We discuss the emergence of the Yellowhead Institute, a brand new First Nations think tank; we also look at why it’s sounding the alarm over the Liberal government’s ‘Indigenous Rights, Recognition and Implementation…
117: What will Canada buying Trans Mountain mean for Indigenous peoples?
Jun 4, 2018 • 74 min
Bitumen Buyer Beware? The Canadian government has just announced it will buy the beleaguered Trans Mountain pipeline project. Will their gamble pay off? And who loses if it doesn’t? * Trump-aganda! When it comes to a recent boast that Americans…
116: Dislodging the discourse of death and doom about Indigenous people
May 29, 2018 • 53 min
Sick and solo: why does Quebec still force northern kids who fly down south for care to do so all alone on air ambulances? Pity porn: we discuss a recent column critiquing the continued categorization of Indigenous people as dead, dying or doomed….
115: Why not everyone in Hawai’i is vexed over volcanoes
May 18, 2018 • 56 min
1. Love for lava: Why some Indigenous people in Hawai’i reject any effort to divert the flow of what others see as the utterly destructive output of the Kilauea volcano. 2. Home away from home: First Nations youth whose only chance for an education…
114: The Paranoia and Perils of White Fright
May 14, 2018 • 68 min
This week // From bad to worse: amid accusations that racism drove an Indigenous dean of law away from Lakehead University, some question why it’s replaced her with a judge who jailed anti-mining Native leaders. Uneducated guess: how a white…
113: A Second Slide into Settler Sexuality
May 5, 2018 • 70 min
Saddle up for our Settler sexuality sequel! Building on last week’s exploration of how Settler norms impact Indigenous notions of intimacy and interpersonal connections, we more explicitly discuss the erotically infused insights of Mohawk/Tuscarora…
112: Settler Sexuality’s Slippery Slope
Apr 27, 2018 • 57 min
On this week’s roundtable: Settler Sexuality. A subject at the heart of two recent talks by our own Kim Tallbear (one at the sex-positive communities event ConvergeCon, the other at SoloPolyCon), we thought we’d use it as an opportunity to take a…
111: Are Kinder Morgan’s pipeline benefit agreements a form of Indigenous consent or coercion?
Apr 23, 2018 • 68 min
1. Who will next lead the AFN? Two candidates say they’re set to run; a potential third is thinking about it. We’ll review the field of would-be leaders of the Assembly of First Nations. 2. Mutual benefit agreements: we look at what might drive…
110: How ‘Canada Reads’ still shunts Indigenous authors to the bottom of the book pile
Apr 12, 2018 • 67 min
THIS WEEK // Big Steps: How some ancient footprints confirm (yet again) what Indigenous people keep telling scientists—how we’ve been here for a very, very long time. / A Whale of a Culture: We peek through a window into how Iñupiaq people…
109: Is there a ‘Standing Rock North’ in the making in British Columbia?
Apr 6, 2018 • 61 min
THIS WEEK // A ‘Nope’ from the Pope: Why does His Holiness seem wholly against saying sorry for the crimes of Church-run residential schools? / Exoneration Examination: The Canadian government just cleared the name of six First Nations leaders…
108: Reading the larger lessons of Sherman Alexie’s literary rise and fall
Mar 30, 2018 • 86 min
THIS WEEK / ‘Sorry’ for the racism: As National Geographic tries to atone for its problematic history with non-white people, we assess how much credit (and critique) they deserve. / ‘Sorry’ for the sexual harassment: As Native American writer Sherman…
107: Indigenous podcasters on Indigenous podcasting
Mar 24, 2018 • 68 min
This week, the sound of two Indigenous podcasters podcasting, as MEDIA INDIGENA host/producer Rick Harp sits down with Wayne K. Spear (waynekspear.com), a self-described “writing machine” whose prolific nature extends to audio as well. A Six Nations…
106: Students call university’s bluff on Reconciliation and Indigenization
Mar 15, 2018 • 60 min
This week… 1. A fair share of the pot: why a push to tax cannabis on-reserve is itself a taxing debate. 2. Cottage clash: why can’t a First Nation get full market value for its lakefront properties from its non-indigenous tenants? 3….
105: How soon is too soon to teach kids about residential schools?
Mar 8, 2018 • 65 min
Once upon a trigger: Did a school board and the media over-react after a parent found a children’s book about residential schools upsetting? Dumb pun: a Thunder Bay newspaper says it’s sorry for running a headline that makes light of a potential…
104: Where will Tina Fontaine’s family find justice?
Mar 1, 2018 • 66 min
This week: A tale of two trials. Late last week, a jury found the man accused of murdering 15-year old Tina Fontaine to be “not guilty.” The decision dealt another blow to those still processing the acquittal of the man once charged with the murder of…
103: Will First Nations Factor into the Battle over Bitumen?
Feb 23, 2018 • 89 min
War in the west: as Alberta battles British Columbia over pipeline expansion, we look at whether a new front could open up against First Nations / Revisiting the review of resource projects: the Liberals claim their new bill better includes Indigenous…
102: Injustice for Colten Boushie
Feb 15, 2018 • 83 min
It was a much-anticipated verdict in a much-discussed case: the 2016 shooting death of 22-year-old Colten Boushie, a member of the Red Pheasant First Nation in Saskatchewan. His accused killer: 56-year-old white farmer Gerald Stanley, charged with…
101: How Canadian Media Put Indigenous Victims on Trial
Feb 9, 2018 • 66 min
This week: Toodle-loo Wahoo! The majorly racist logo of a major league baseball team is knocked out of the park in Cleveland… sort of. Turfed by Trudeau: The PM’s cross country road show gets awkward when so-called ‘hecklers’ are shown the heck out….
100: Do Canadian court systems effectively exclude Indigenous people from juries?
Feb 4, 2018 • 64 min
This week: The trial of Gerald Stanley, the man accused in the shooting death of Colten Boushie. We’ll look at who gets to be on the jury, and who doesn’t. Raw numbers: A report leaked to the media reveals just how much governments shortchange…
99: A deep dive into the Doctrine of Discovery (and how it’s never gone away)
Jan 28, 2018 • 60 min
This week: the ‘Change the Date’ debate. We discuss what seems to have been the most controversial Australia Day yet. Plus, divine intervention? As the Chilean government turns up the heat, why would the Pope push the Mapuche to turn the other cheek?…
98: Peering into the Playbook for White Denial of Indigenous Injury
Jan 21, 2018 • 88 min
This week.. Politician contrition: an Alberta MLA walks back some sweeping off-hand comments about Aboriginal voter behaviour in his riding; A flyer full of ire: anonymous posters at an Atlantic university proclaim Indigenous people to be the…
97: What to do about trolls like Senator Lynn Beyak?
Jan 13, 2018 • 43 min
This week: Beyak Booted—A Canadian senator’s website gets her kicked out of the Conservative Party for controversial content about Indigenous people. Speech impediment—Why would the Nova Scotia government push a school board to re-word its…
96: Is Native Twitter More Than Just a Hashtag?
Jan 6, 2018 • 47 min
This week: #NativeTwitter—more than just a hashtag? Can its influence be felt off-line? Or is it simply a case of tweeting to the choir? Seal for sale—Facebook reverses its refusal of seal-skin-related items on its platform. Split-shooter—a…
95: An Indigenous Look Ahead to 2018
Dec 31, 2017 • 47 min
The second of our two-part look back and look ahead on the year almost behind us and the 12 months to come. What is, or what could be, their Indigenous significance? Back at our special four-member roundtable are Ken Williams, an assistant…
94: An Indigenous Look Back at 2017
Dec 23, 2017 • 49 min
What made 2017 a year of Indigenous significance? What might be in store for 2018? This week’s show assembles the fulsome foursome for this year-end exercise, one that will take two episodes to manage. Joining host Rick Harp for all this heavy…
93: Does political corruption get covered differently when Indigenous people are involved?
Dec 16, 2017 • 52 min
Vote vice: we scrutinize the story of a Saskatchewan First Nation politician accused of buying votes with drugs, and muse over how media framing of stories about Indigenous corruption compares to coverage of mainstream political shenanigans; Harm…
92: Indigenous politician claims “First Nations don’t believe in abortion”
Dec 11, 2017 • 72 min
Monumental fight: US President Trump announces he’ll significantly shrink the boundaries of two protected areas in the state of Utah, despite their deep significance to multiple tribes. Urban plot: How Indigenous women in one California city hope to…
91: Mohawk members turn to Quebec court over Kahnawake’s refusal of non-Indigenous residents
Dec 3, 2017 • 60 min
Make BC ‘Site C’ free: A new summary of research into the mega-hydro project produces a flood of arguments against its completion. Will British Columbia’s coalition government listen? Home is where the hurt is: Rules preventing non-Indigenous people…
90: Is Pro-Development Anti-Indigenous, Vice-versa, or Neither?
Nov 27, 2017 • 61 min
1. We pore over a poll showing Native Americans who live in “majority-Native areas” in the U.S. face greater mistreatment than anyone else. 2. Pro-development = anti-Indian, or the other way around? We mine recent media narratives that declare…
89: Child Welfare as an Arm of the Colonial State
Nov 19, 2017 • 50 min
This week, an extended conversation with Sarah de Leeuw, co-author of the recent paper, Turning a new page: cultural safety, critical creative literary interventions, truth and reconciliation, and the crisis of child welfare. Written with Margo…
88: Canada’s highest court rules in favour of ski resort over sacred site
Nov 13, 2017 • 71 min
1. Downhill and out: Canada’s highest court rules against an Indigenous sacred site in favour of a ski resort. 2. White Hot: Conservative Twitter goes ballistic over a white professor’s claims that the white nuclear family reproduces white…
87: The 12 Dimensions of Indigenous Homelessness
Nov 4, 2017 • 42 min
1. No joke: Why some racist Halloween stunts have people at one Alberta university upset (if not all that surprised). 2. Re-definition: Can expanding and enriching what homelessness means for Indigenous people help yield better responses? 3. Storm…
86: Why your kid will survive not being an ‘Indian Princess’ on Halloween
Oct 28, 2017 • 68 min
1. Hatin’ on Halloween? Why a non-native writer feels her 4-year-old was cheated of the chance to dress up as “a native princess.” 2. Beothuk babble: Is an east coast Indigenous people reducible to their DNA? Some archaeologists and journalists seem…
85: Acknowledging Toxic Indigenous Masculinity: Are We at a Turning Point?
Oct 21, 2017 • 57 min
1. In name only: How did an Ontario city manage to strike up an Indigenous working group—minus any Indigenous people? 2. Ciao, chief! As a gesture of what it calls reconciliation, a school board decides it needs to drop the word “chief” from all…
84: Why traditional tastes in food turned some testy in Toronto
Oct 14, 2017 • 62 min
1. Taste Testy: How the introduction of traditional foods in mainstream settings have inspired some, and incited others; 2. Bad Optics? A massive telescope gets the green light on the island of Hawai’i over the objections of local Indigenous people;…
83: Justin Trudeau’s Symbolic Politics Long on Gesture, Short on Goods
Oct 7, 2017 • 74 min
1. Unfair Share: A group of First Nations take Canada and Ontario to court for not honouring a 167-year-old promise to top up treaty payments as resource revenues rise. 2. CAP Kerfuffle: Is the leader of the Congress of Aboriginal Peoples even…
82: Did Indigenous women help wage a ‘witch hunt’ of Wab Kinew?
Oct 1, 2017 • 78 min
Has there been a media “witch-hunt” of Wab Kinew? A high-profile supporter has sounded a resounding ‘yes.’ But does the critique imply some Indigenous women are part of the pile-on? Multiple choice, singularly stupid: A BC parent is outraged after her…
81: Will Questions About Wab Kinew’s Past Undo His Political Future?
Sep 23, 2017 • 60 min
This week… Kinew Conundrum: will old assault charges against the new leader of Manitoba’s New Democratic Party divide the Indigenous community? TB Plea: HIV/AIDS advocate Stephen Lewis issues a passionate call for the feds to step up their…
80: Cherokee Freedmen, Adam Beach Boycott, Indian Country Today
Sep 16, 2017 • 70 min
Fight of the Freedmen: Has a court victory for the descendants of ex-slaves of the Cherokee guaranteed the return of their citizenship? Casting controversy: Why Adam Beach wants other Aboriginal actors to boycott a new television series. Out of Print:…
79: Meet the MEDIA INDIGENA Roundtable
Sep 11, 2017 • 63 min
This week’s Indigenous roundtable gets up close and personal with the people behind the show. As long-time listeners know, we at the podcast have brought you a wealth of voices on a variety of topics, week after week. But, as of this very episode,…
78: Has Canada Cut Indian Affairs in Half or Cloned it?
Sep 4, 2017 • 73 min
Double the fun or double trouble? Seemingly out of nowhere, the federal Liberals have decided to re-arrange the political furniture as part of a late summer shuffle of their Cabinet. What is now Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada will be cleaved…
77: Ottawa’s new Indigenous court; Australia’s cashless welfare cards; Iqaluit’s first liquor store
Aug 27, 2017 • 60 min
Ottawa gets a new, Indigenous-only courtroom, but does the evidence support the move? Why critics say electronic welfare cards are being used to police the behaviour of recipients in Australia. How Iqaluit’s new beer and wine store hopes to keep a…
76: Charlottesville, Guam and the ‘Eskimos’ of Edmonton
Aug 20, 2017 • 61 min
This week… Why Indigenous people totally relate to recent violence over icons of intolerance in Charlottesville, Virginia; we get into Guam, a strategic US island colony that found itself smack dab in the middle of nuclear brinkmanship with North…
75: Child welfare’s links to homelessness; BC overdose data; What is “authentic” Indigenous art?
Aug 13, 2017 • 57 min
This week’s Indigenous roundtable: a new study seems to solidify the link between homelessness and contact with the child welfare system; new data reveals a disproportionate number of Indigenous deaths due to overdose in British Columbia; and, with…
74: Starvation, Experimentation, Segregation, Trauma: Indigenous Health History
Aug 6, 2017 • 74 min
This week: Starvation, experimentation, segregation and trauma—to Mary Jane McCallum, these four words are critical concepts for any student of Indigenous health history. And she should know: a full professor of history at the University of…
73: White Settler Revisionism and Making Métis Everywhere (Part 2)
Jul 29, 2017 • 41 min
This week… the conclusion to our conversation with the authors of the recent article, “White Settler Revisionism and Making Métis Everywhere: The Evocation of Métissage in Québec and Nova Scotia.” Scholars Adam Gaudry (Native Studies &…
72: White Settler Revisionism and Making Métis Everywhere (Pt. 1)
Jul 23, 2017 • 45 min
This week… the first in a two-part conversation that confronts the confusion and contention around what it means to be Métis. In their new article, “White Settler Revisionism and Making Métis Everywhere: The Evocation of Métissage in Québec and…
71: How Boring Bureaucracy Enables Inhumane Inequity in Canada
Jul 15, 2017 • 44 min
This week… a bit of a mid-summer break from our regular format as we take a deep dive into the fiscal infrastructure of colonialism in Canada. As technocratic as that sounds, our guest expertly deciphers how boring bureaucracy can enable inhumane…
70: Tempest in a Teepee on Parliament Hill; Pressure at the Press Gallery
Jul 9, 2017 • 61 min
This week… tempest in a teepee: Indigenous people fight to set up a ceremonial camp on Parliament Hill for Canada Day. Did their actions shine a light on the controversy over Canada 150—or simply stoke the flames of a backlash? We also…
69: How governmental ill will continues to plague Indigenous health care
Jul 2, 2017 • 42 min
This week, is the state of Indigenous health care plagued by governmental ill will? Some might think so in Alberta, where a pair of provincial employees were punted for a racist text message about a First Nations school principal. Meanwhile, in…
68: Language Funding Inequity Irks Inuit; Google Maps Adds Indigenous Communities
Jun 25, 2017 • 47 min
This week… When words fail: Especially when one hears about the enormous equity gap in federal funding between French and Inuit languages in Nunavut. Plus… Putting us on the map—literally. Google announces that users of its Maps app will now get…
67: Why It’s Not Okay in Thunder Bay for Indigenous Youth; Does Canada/AFN MOU Go Too Far?
Jun 17, 2017 • 51 min
This week: why things aren’t okay in Thunder Bay. In the wake of two more Indigenous teens found dead in this northwestern Ontario city’s waterways, their home First Nations are sounding alarm bells, but local police maintain there is no crisis. And…
66: Assault victim forced to testify in chains and cuffs; Inuk granny jailed for opposing mega-dam
Jun 10, 2017 • 46 min
This week: Questioning curious carriages of justice in Canadian courts. Questions like, how is it that a victim of a brutal assault in Alberta not only gets locked up in remand against her will but was made to testify cuffed and chained?! And how did…
65: High-schoolers’ “Cowboys & Indians” party; Diabetic dumped off bus
Jun 3, 2017 • 34 min
This week… outrageous outfits: A group of Alberta students host a controversial “Cowboys & Indians” costume graduation party. Plus, rough ride: a northern Manitoba man says he was unfairly ejected from a Greyhound bus—5 hours from home—after…
64: Idle No More National Day of Action, ‘Unsettling Canada 150’
May 29, 2017 • 68 min
This week, an extended conversation with two of the people behind ‘Unsettling Canada 150.’ Planned for the exact same date as Canada Day—July 1—this national, Indigenous-led day of action will serve as a counter-action to the multi-million dollar,…
63: Does ‘13 Reasons Why’ sensationalize suicide? Aboriginal authors on the curriculum
May 22, 2017 • 61 min
On this week’s roundtable: sensationalizing suicide? We recount the critiques of 13 Reasons Why, the Netflix teen drama that’s sparked controversy for centering the suicide of one of its characters. And shaking off Shakespeare: amid the…
62: What could BC Election 2017 mean for Indigenous peoples?
May 14, 2017 • 47 min
This week, a breakdown of the BC election, the result of which is still up in the air, leaving Indigenous peoples with all sorts of questions. Questions like which would be better or worse for their interests, a Liberals/Greens coalition or…
Ep 61: How Canada’s first Indigenous policy was founded on famine
May 6, 2017 • 67 min
This week, an extended interview with James Daschuk, author of Clearing the Plains: Disease, Politics of Starvation, and the Loss of Aboriginal Life. The award-winning book is a harrowing, historical account of Canada’s original Aboriginal…
60: Canada’s Sexist Status Indian System
Apr 29, 2017 • 35 min
THIS WEEK: We delve into an Indigenous woman’s 30-year-plus court battle to regain her Indian Status, a battle that just resulted in victory in Ontario. But will Lynn Gehl’s win against the sexism of Canada’s Indian Status system endure? If so, what…
59: Transportation troubles threaten to leave Indigenous people stranded
Apr 22, 2017 • 32 min
This week: Transportation Troubles. In Saskatchewan, a recent government budget announced the shutdown of the STC, a provincial bus service that critics say is a lifeline for rural communities and reserves. Meanwhile in Manitoba, a First Nations owned…
58: How Health Canada Misdiagnoses the Needs of Indigenous Peoples
Apr 15, 2017 • 32 min
This week, a double dive into recent moves by Health Canada: first, its decision to fund the cost of a travel companion for pregnant Indigenous women who give birth outside their community; second, is social media an effective way for the department…
Ep.57: Is the Globe and Mail Guilty of Whitesplaining? Third-Party (Mis)Management
Apr 8, 2017 • 37 min
THIS WEEK / Colonial Editorial: Why people like ex-TRC head Murray Sinclair are outraged by a Globe and Mail op-ed rejecting the idea that South Africa’s experience with oppression parallels that of Canada’s. Is the Globe guilty of whitesplaining? /…
56: Has the Mainstream Media Acted on Calls to Promote Reconciliation?
Apr 3, 2017 • 65 min
On this week’s Indigenous roundtable, we examine mainstream Canadian media and reconciliation. When the Truth and Reconciliation Commission issued its nearly 100 Calls to Action back in late 2015, the fourth estate was among the institutions…
55: Why Canada fights funding equity for First Nations kids; Dysfunction at Department of Indigenous Affairs Canada
Mar 25, 2017 • 37 min
On this week’s roundtable: Federal foot-dragging. The Canadian Human Rights Tribunal ordered feds to stop underfunding child welfare on-reserve back in 2016. So why has it still yet to happen? And, Departmental dysfunction: a recent news report…
54: The Crime of Being Indigenous; Food Sovereignty Starved of Support
Mar 18, 2017 • 33 min
On this week’s Indigenous roundtable: Do growing calls for tougher laws deliberately target some more than others? A look at the apparent push to increasingly criminalize Aboriginal behaviour by non-Aboriginal interests. Plus, how a disproportionate…
53: Sisters Seeking Status Sperm; Push-back on Patriotism
Mar 11, 2017 • 33 min
This week—Attention Status Indian men: do you have sperm to spare? Some women on Craigslist are hoping you’ll consider making what might be called a liquid transaction. And proudly unpatriotic: a Native student at an Oklahoma high school is…
52: Liberals Fail to Fix First Nations Fire & Water Services Gap
Mar 5, 2017 • 64 min
On this week’s Indigenous roundtable: fire and water. A new investigation into the overall state of First Nations fire prevention and protection in Canada paints an abysmal picture. But with no shortage of suggested solutions, the real question is why…
51: Indigenous Institutionalization, Then and Now
Feb 25, 2017 • 52 min
This week, two troubling stories of Indigenous institutionalization. The first comes to us from an Ontario jail where 9 out of 10 inmates are Aboriginal—and 10 out of 10 reportedly face challenges of a mental, cognitive or addictive nature. The…
50: Sixties Scoop Survivors’ Legal Victory; Is it time for an Indigenous-led political party?
Feb 20, 2017 • 45 min
On this week’s Indigenous roundtable… Success for Survivors: Despite attempts by both the Harper Conservatives and the Trudeau Liberals to keep former adoptees out of Ontario courts, not only was their Sixties Scoop class-action suit heard, they…
49: Indigenous Activists Actively Monitored; Hereditary Rivalry
Feb 10, 2017 • 46 min
This week, it’s Women on the Watchlist: why were rallies in support of an inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls on the radar of Canada’s national security apparatus? 
Plus, 

Inherited Issues: Rival claims to hereditary…
48: Indigenous Women’s Inquiry to Include Men; Battle Over BC Street Name
Feb 3, 2017 • 52 min
On this week’s Indigenous roundtable: Make room for men—we try to decipher recent revelations that the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls will examine “ways in which the testimonies and stories of men and boys…
47: ‘Race War’ Rhetoric in Manitoba; Debating Downside of Donations to First Nations
Jan 28, 2017 • 37 min
This week, we discuss a western Canadian premier’s racializing of the contentious issue of night-time moose hunting: could his hyperbole put Aboriginal people in the cross-hairs? And, the ambivalence of benevolence—an anonymous donor has pledged…
46: Arthur Manuel’s Legacy; Liberals Transparent Backtrack on TRC Call to Action
Jan 22, 2017 • 50 min
This week, a look at the legacy of the late Arthur Manuel, whose vision of Indigenous rights was uncompromising. We also discuss a National Observer report suggesting that the Canadian government is backtracking on its pledge to be more transparent…
45: Poor Progress Report for Missing & Murdered Women’s Inquiry; On-Reserve Rape Kits
Jan 14, 2017 • 42 min
On this week’s roundtable: the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls. Some 4 months after its official launch, critics question its progress to date ahead of its November 2018 deadline. And, on-reserve rape kits: Health…
44: Crashing the Canada 150 birthday party; Ice-fishing business freezes out Status Indians
Jan 7, 2017 • 38 min
On this week’s Indigenous roundtable: a northern Ontario outfit that rents huts to ice-fishers is in hot water after an ad on Kijiji tells Status Indians to stay away! Plus, Canada 150: a century and a half after the country’s creation, what exactly…
43: Indigenous Look Back at 2016; Joseph Boyden Identity Questions
Dec 30, 2016 • 71 min
On this week’s Indigenous roundtable, we look back and ahead—what were the trends and themes that defined this past year for Indigenous peoples, and what might the next 12 months bring? According to our roundtable, 2016 was a breakout year for…
42: “Barbaric Civilization: A Critical Sociology of Genocide,” by Christopher Powell
Dec 23, 2016 • 31 min
This week’s podcast, a kind of holiday edition, features an interview Rick conducted back in 2011 with Ryerson University professor Christopher Powell about his then-new book, “Barbaric Civilization: A Critical Sociology of Genocide,” published by…
41: Jennifer Lawrence ‘Sorry’ for Sacred Site Slight; Cherokee Okay Same-Sex Marriage
Dec 17, 2016 • 40 min
On this week’s Indigenous roundtable… Jennifer Lawrence’s ‘sorry’ butt: the Hunger Games star has apologized after social media slammed her conduct at a sacred site in Hawai’i but critics say her mealy-mouthed words of so-called contrition only made…
40: Surprise at Standing Rock; Advisors to Trump pump privatizing treaty lands for oil and gas
Dec 9, 2016 • 47 min
On this week’s roundtable… Return to the Rock: last episode, the future of the fight against the Dakota Access pipeline project seemed uncertain, with many opponents fearing the worst. Then on Sunday, to the surprise of many, the Army announced it…
39: What’s in Store for Standing Rock? Measuring Moana’s Cultural Credibility
Dec 2, 2016 • 61 min
On this week’s Indigenous roundtable… Where do things stand with Standing Rock? The struggle in North Dakota against the construction of the Dakota Access pipeline continues to face constant pressure from federal and state authorities. With winter…
38: BC’s Brown Face of Poverty; First Nation’s Teachers Strike
Nov 26, 2016 • 31 min
On this week’s program… The all-too-brown face of child poverty in British Columbia: a new report details the frustratingly familiar reasons why and what to do, but will governments act? Plus, the bigger picture underlying why educators on a…
37: Val d’Or police abuse probe; Suing over smudging
Nov 19, 2016 • 34 min
On this week’s show… invalidation in Val d’Or: Why have three-dozen Aboriginal accusations of police abuse in this Quebec town come up empty? Plus, smudge grudge: a BC parent is suing her children’s school because she claims it forced them to take…
36: What will Trump presidency hold for Indigenous Peoples?; First Nation sees green in medical marijuana
Nov 12, 2016 • 37 min
On this week’s program: Trump triumph… what could the election of this outrageously racist man mean for Indigenous peoples in the US and beyond? And, another First Nation goes to pot. That is, if the Siksika in Alberta get their way, as Canada’s…
35: Indigenous Moose Hunt Triggers Tension; Sexist Sticker Shock
Nov 6, 2016 • 32 min
On this week’s Indigenous roundtable… Triggering Tension: non-Aboriginal hunters in Manitoba are upset after an Indigenous leader made no bones about bagging a bull in a no-kill zone; and, Sticker Shock: an Alberta trucker sets off a social media…
34: Muskrat Falls Protest; Family Violence in Canada
Oct 29, 2016 • 36 min
This week’s Indigenous current affairs roundtable discusses the controversial, much-criticized, Muskrat Falls hydro project in Labrador: has an 11th-hour negotiation addressed the critics’ concerns? And the Public Health Agency of Canada has shone a…
33: Water rights fight in Alberta; Debating drug testing on-reserve
Oct 22, 2016 • 26 min
This week on our Indigenous current affairs roundtable: is Alberta all wet when it comes to Indigenous water rights? A recent story in the Globe and Mail suggests the province’s view may be skewed when it comes to whose rights take priority. Plus, a…
32: Education funding finagle; Alarming abuse of kids in care in BC
Oct 14, 2016 • 27 min
This week, our Indigenous current affairs roundtable unpacks recent revelations that, despite federal bureaucrats saying the cupboard for First Nations education funding was full, the Liberals deliberately chose to delay a large chunk of it until…
31: Cop’s controversial comments outrage Ottawa’s Indigenous community
Oct 7, 2016 • 21 min
Ottawa’s police force is taking some heat after one of its own appears to have posted racist comments on a local newspaper’s website. The commentary followed a story about the tragic and untimely death of acclaimed Inuk artist Annie Pootoogook. The…
30: Questioning mainstream media’s fixation on First Nation “failure”
Sep 30, 2016 • 27 min
A First Nation that only seems to get the spotlight when bad things happen is once again in the headlines: Shamattawa. Literally left devastated last week after a major fire destroyed key services and infrastructure—including the reserve’s only…
29: The Perpetuation of Discrimination Against First Nations Children
Sep 22, 2016 • 23 min
For the third time in 9 months, the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal has ordered the federal government to end its discriminatory practice of inequitably funding child welfare services on-reserve. The Tribunal’s initial ruling happened in January, the…
28: Why is Canada so obsessed with long-lost white explorers?
Sep 15, 2016 • 25 min
According to The Guardian, it’s a discovery that “challenges the accepted history behind one of polar exploration’s deepest mysteries.” This week, 168 years after it sank, a ship once captained by the famous British explorer Sir John Franklin seems…
27: Standing Up for the Standing Rock Sioux
Sep 9, 2016 • 40 min
This week: Standing up for the Standing Rock Sioux. For the US state of North Dakota, massive deposits of unconventional oil have brought much prosperity for some, great pain to others. In a bid to get even more of that oil to market, a new project is…
26: The State of Indigenous Homelessness
Sep 4, 2016 • 29 min
According to preliminary new data released this week, Indigenous people in Canada are 10 times more likely to use an emergency shelter than their non-Indigenous counterparts. That’s according to the National Shelter Study, a decade-long look at the…
25: Sixties Scoop survivors take Canada to court
Aug 26, 2016 • 36 min
If families form the bedrock of Indigenous peoples, it seems Canada has devoted decades to their fracture and fragmentation. And, as child advocate Cindy Blackstock notes, were we to label the forced institutionalization of children in faraway…
24: The Killing of Colten Boushie: Will Justice Be Served?
Aug 18, 2016 • 33 min
Senseless, tragic and disturbing: words that rush to mind upon hearing the news of last week’s killing of Colten Boushie. A 22-year-old resident of the Red Pheasant First Nation in western Canada, Boushie was shot to death after he and four other…
23: Why Won’t Hollywood Let Adam Beach Live?
Aug 12, 2016 • 35 min
Will it happen again? Will someone portrayed on-screen by Aboriginal actor Adam Beach be quickly dispensed with, leaving us next to no time to really know his character? According to our guest this week, it’s been something of a pattern for Mr….
22: Critiquing Canada’s Inquiry into Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women
Aug 4, 2016 • 24 min
When loved ones die, there’s no question who suffers most—their families. And of those who pushed hardest for the newly-launched National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls, none fought more fiercely than the relatives of…
21: Food Insecurity in Canada’s North
Jul 28, 2016 • 22 min
According to the WHO, food security is “when all people, at all times, have access to sufficient, safe, nutritious food to maintain a healthy and active life.” In Canada’s north, food access and affordability are critical issues—especially…
20: Inaction on the Indian Act in Canada
Jul 23, 2016 • 24 min
This week on the program: Inaction on the Indian Act. Derided for decades, it’s hung in there as one of Canada’s oldest laws. Now there are hints from the federal Justice Minister that its days could be numbered… just not right away. Joining us…
19: Aboriginal Anxiety About The Police
Jul 15, 2016 • 42 min
An Indigenous broadcaster shares his personal and political perspective on police treatment of Aboriginal people, an issue he recently wrote about in his Huffington Post piece, “This Is Why People Of Colour Fear The Police.” Jesse Wente is the…
18: Podcast Progress Report: How Are We Doing?
Jul 12, 2016 • 25 min
Fresh off our week at the Podcast Movement conference in Chicago, the team behind MEDIA INDIGENA ‘checks in’ on our progress 18 weeks into the show. We share our experiences, lessons and successes—including our ultimate, larger vision for the show’s…
17: The work to keep Indigenous families together
Jun 30, 2016 • 26 min
New research out of the University of Toronto into Indigenous child welfare has highlighted what some already suspected: that, when it comes to investigations of abuse or neglect, Indigenous families in Ontario are way more likely to be investigated…
16: Could legal action make Canada walk its talk on Indigenous languages?
Jun 26, 2016 • 20 min
This week: the fight for funding of Indigenous languages. Despite the best efforts of the Canadian government to wipe out the roughly 60 Aboriginal languages in that part of the world (what some call deliberate linguicide) those ancestral tongues…
15: Indigenous peoples and public health
Jun 16, 2016 • 25 min
According to its proponents, Indigenous public health goes beyond the original concept to encourage health practitioners to be more aware of the larger social, political and historical issues and dynamics that often drive Aboriginal health…
14: Human rights watchdog urges equal access to clean drinking water for First Nations
Jun 8, 2016 • 15 min
“Contaminated, hard to access or toxic.” According to a new Human Rights Watch report, that’s what all too many First Nations endure when it comes to safe, quality drinking water—in some cases, for decades. Our guest this week is Amanda…
13: Separating the rhetoric from the realities of Reconciliation in Canada
Jun 4, 2016 • 24 min
One of Canada’s largest provinces now says it’s sorry for its ”silence in the face of abuses and deaths at residential schools… [and] for the continued harm that generations of abuse is causing to Indigenous communities, families and…
12: Series of Indigenous student deaths prompts search for answers
May 27, 2016 • 21 min
This week, we get an update on the inquest into a series of young First Nation fatalities in northwestern Ontario, where seven Indigenous students have died over a 10 year period in the city of Thunder Bay. Our guest is Jody Porter, a…
11: Pushback against poll purporting Native “indifference” to Washington Redskins team name
May 24, 2016 • 22 min
This week we take a long look at a provocative poll recently published by the Washington Post about their home town pro football club, the “Redskins.” The paper claims the results supposedly show “how few ordinary Indians have been…
10: Will a bigger piece of the pipeline pie win more Indigenous support for Northern Gateway?
May 14, 2016 • 16 min
Recently, Canadian energy giant Enbridge announced it was prepared to boost the Aboriginal stake in their Northern Gateway project up to 33 per cent. Mired in controversy pretty much from the get-go, that includes how it seems to have seeded…
9: The growing Indigenous economic footprint in Canada
May 5, 2016 • 16 min
This week on the program: the ever-growing economic footprint of Indigenous peoples. A recent report out of Atlantic Canada suggests Aboriginal spending benefits the region significantly, to the tune of $1.14 billion annually. But it’s actually a…
8: De-coding Canada’s coy comments about free, prior and informed Indigenous consent
Apr 28, 2016 • 16 min
Adopted by most countries back in 2007, the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) faced but a handful of holdouts: the USA, Australia, New Zealand and Canada. Flash forward to last week, when a senior…
7: What might Manitoba’s new government mean for Aboriginal peoples?
Apr 22, 2016 • 14 min
This week on the program, making sense of Manitoba’s Election. As a province with one of Canada’s largest proportions of Aboriginal people, it’s worth asking what the end of the NDP’s 17-year run in favour of the Progressive Conservatives could mean…
6: Understanding what drives Indigenous suicide
Apr 14, 2016 • 17 min
The remote Ontario community of Attawapiskat is but one example of a First Nation caught in the grips of a devastating suicide epidemic. This week, professor of psychiatry Amy Bombay joins us to explore the bigger picture and difficult histories…
5: US Election 2016 and Native Americans
Apr 8, 2016 • 16 min
Just how much attention have Indigenous issues been getting from the front-runners in the US presidential primaries thus far? Simon Moya-Smith of Indian Country Today fills us in. Our opening and closing theme is ’nesting’ by Birocratic.
4: The ongoing medical crisis on First Nations
Apr 1, 2016 • 17 min
“An ongoing medical crisis.” According to doctors serving First Nations west of James Bay, that is the current state of Aboriginal health for the northern Ontario region. Dr. James Makokis is a Cree family doctor based in Alberta who also…
3: Budget 2016 Breakdown
Mar 24, 2016 • 15 min
Some call it “historic.” Its authors say it’s “unprecedented.” But what does Budget 2016 really offer Indigenous peoples in Canada? We asked Cindy Blackstock—executive director of the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of…
2: United Nations report on Canada and Indigenous peoples
Mar 16, 2016 • 11 min
A United Nations expert review committee recently reported on how well Canada has treated Indigenous peoples under the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. Constitutional law researcher and professor Karen…
1: Climate change
Mar 10, 2016 • 11 min
Russ Diabo, publisher/editor of the First Nations Strategic Bulletin, joins MEDIA INDIGENA’s Rick Harp to discuss what, if anything, came out of a recent meeting on climate change between leaders of three national Aboriginal organizations, Prime…