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MEDIA INDIGENA : Weekly Indigenous current affairs program

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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 MEDIA INDIGENA
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: FIXED Will Brazil’s New President Further Imperil Indigenous Peoples?
Nov 4, 2018 • 49 min
NOTE TO LISTENERS: Because the first release of ep. 139 had some big technical issues (since fixed) we’ve separately released this correct version to make sure no-one has to go through any hoops to hear it. We deeply regret the error and pledge to…
Ep 139: Will Brazil’s New President Further Imperil Indigenous Peoples?
Nov 3, 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 creation…
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…