Podcasts & Blogs

Since the iPortal was launched in 2005, there have been some significant changes in internet technologies and in the multimedia landscape. Many of these changes have resulted in increased access to media production for previously marginalized people and communities. Indigenous communities in Canada have been especially effective in harnessing online streaming, publishing, and social media; and in using those technologies to bypass traditional media gatekeepers. The result is a growing community of artists, academics, and activists that are using internet based communication technologies to share their stories in their own voices, to communicate their own perspectives, and to challenge the dominant media discourses and representations of Indigenous peoples. The following feed links to a series of Indigenous written/focused blogs and podcasts. These have not been curated for their scholarly value, but rather they have been selected to showcase the variety of perspectives that exist under the label Indigenous content

Cree Thea

| Native Calgarian (Podcast -- 01:03:21)

One of Cree Thea’s TikTok fans told me Cree Thea was leading a book club so we talked about what we are reading and her sharing bannock making

Illuminating Big Oil's big shadow on the media (ep 313)

| MEDIA INDIGENA : Indigenous current affairs (Podcast -- 42:59)

Media bias: something many suspect is at play in mainstream outlets. But proving it—that's a different story. Amidst the daily, dizzy churn that is the news cycle, finding a way to parse out and pin down reasonably comparable data isn't always obvious. But new research out of western Canada seems to have found a clever way around that: by looking at how different dailies treated the same original newswire stories within their respective papers. Spoiler alert: what you got to read depends on where you live.

Dr Angela Mashford-Pringle

| Native Calgarian (Podcast -- 01:14:30)

Algonquin assistant professor at the University of Toronto, associate director, Indigenous Health lead, Dr Angela Mashford-Pringle

Why Canada prefers to spend more money ‘rescuing’ First Nations than respecting them (ep 312)

| MEDIA INDIGENA : Indigenous current affairs (Podcast -- 52:01)

This episode, a live debrief with our patrons on 'Oil and Gaslighting,' our December 21, 2022 discussion about the jarring juxtaposition between federal underfunding of First Nations’ preparedness for floods, fires and other disasters worsened by climate change on the one hand, and how Canada overfunds the extraction and emissions changing that climate on that other.

How Indigenous yogis and meditators are adapting and reclaiming 'wellness'

| Unreserved (Podcast -- 50:13)

This episode of Unreserved shines a light on Indigenous people who are culturally-adapting and reclaiming wellness practices.

Michael Yellow Bird, is a citizen of the Three Affiliated Tribes in North Dakota and he is the dean of the faculty of social work at the University of Manitoba. He’s been practicing mindfulness for decades and he researches the effects of Indigenous ceremony and mindfulness on the brain. He says mindfulness can decolonize the brain.

Taylor Dumias

| Native Calgarian (Podcast -- 52:28)

Meet Taylor Dumias, a local activist focused on her red road journey and creating space for urban Calgarians to learn Cree and more

Land Back

| Unreserved (Podcast -- 54:09)

Indigenous lands back into Indigenous hands: that is the aim of the Landback movement.

MEDIA INDIGENA Game On Edition 🎲 "Hit or Miss!" (ep 311)

| MEDIA INDIGENA : Indigenous current affairs (Podcast -- 50:18)

Something of a different turn for us this episode, as we roll into the realm of games. A way to play off another side of our personalities and help host/producer Rick Harp hit his happy place, he somehow cajoled some of our roundtable regulars (and a few special guests) to join him at the table top this past New Year's Eve to play out the old year and bring in the new with a rousing game of Hit or Miss!

Poorer Health - #1 of 8 Key Issues for Indigenous Peoples in Canada

Photo: Unsplash
In 2015, we published an article outlining the eight key issues of primary concern for Indigenous Peoples in Canada. Since then, the article has been viewed over 620,000 times, making it the most-viewed article of the hundreds on our Working Effectively with Indigenous Peoples® blog. Due to the continuing high interest, we decided to take a deeper look at each of the eight issues.

Oil and Gaslighting (ep 310)

| MEDIA INDIGENA : Indigenous current affairs (Podcast -- 56:50)

This week: Oil and gaslighting. They say an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Guess which one the Canadian government funds way more than the other for First Nations emergencies like floods and fires? Karen Hogan knows the answer: in fact, the Auditor-General dedicated a whole chapter to it in her latest report, much like her predecessor did nine years prior.

Emergency with Stephanie Harpe

| Native Calgarian (Podcast -- 51:26)

Stephanie and I are having an emergency podcast in the hopes we can reach our allies to write and do more on the crisis we are facing.

Bruce McIvor

| Native Calgarian (Podcast -- 01:29:05)

In our Dec 2022 book club we were honoured to have author, Metis lawyer and First Peoples' Law's Bruce McIvor of the book Standoff: Why Reconciliation Fails Indigenous People and How to Fix It.

Bringing birth back into Indigenous communities

| Unreserved (Podcast -- 50:09)

For thousands of years and up until a few generations ago, Indigenous babies were born on the land. They were born in their communities, surrounded by culture, with the help of expert birth workers – women who knew just what to do when the water broke.

Colonization and the western medical system nearly destroyed Indigenous birthing traditions, but people like Ellen Blais are bringing birth home. Ellen is from the Oneida Nation of the Thames. She’s a trained midwife and currently serves as the Director of Indigenous Midwifery for the Association of Ontario Midwives.

TalkBack: Alberta Sovereignty Act (ep 309)

| MEDIA INDIGENA : Indigenous current affairs (Podcast -- 48:18)

THIS WEEK: Our second-ever 'TalkBack' edition of MEDIA INDIGENA, where monthly supporters of the podcast on Patreon get a chance to share their feedback live via Discord about our latest deep dive conversation. This time around, it's a debrief on our discussion of Alberta’s new Sovereignty Act. Back to dialogue directly with patrons are Associate Professor of Indigenous Studies at York University Brock Pitawanakwat, as well as Ken Williams, assistant professor with the University of Alberta’s department of drama.

Harry & Megan and the Sovereignty Act

| Native Calgarian (Podcast -- 57:40)

Solo today to discuss why Cdns should watch the Harry/Megan netflix special, the Sovereignty Act, Wednesday, TikTok, the loss of 4 souls in Winnipeg, and my own anti Indigenous incident. Monday is Bruce McIvor’s Standoff Book!


| Unreserved (Podcast -- 43:45)

Unreserved is getting in the festive mood with an episode about gifts — material items you can give to family and friends, as well as the intangible gifts of community and culture.

We take a tour of an Indigenous-led market in Ottawa that doesn't accept money — and instead is going back to old ways of trading and exchanging. The marketplace is run by the Assembly of Seven Generations. Co-founder Gabrielle Fayant and A7G volunteer Madeleine Kelly reflect on what makes this market such a gift for Indigenous people — especially youth — in Ottawa.

Alberta’s Sovereignty Act: Wexit Wake-up Call or Western Woolliness? (ep 308)

| MEDIA INDIGENA : Indigenous current affairs (Podcast -- 47:17)

This week: Alberta sovereignty. Sovereign over what and whom, you may ask? Great questions, ones that finally got an answer last week when, on November 29, Premier Danielle Smith introduced her first bill, the Alberta Sovereignty within a United Canada Act. Or did they? Already it seems, Smith has done a western walk-back of some of the bill’s more controversial aspects—indeed, days after we recorded our discussion about it on December 2—making it a bit of a moving target.

Pisimoyapiy Wellness Services

| Native Calgarian (Podcast -- 50:14)

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Canada's colonial co-dependency with the Assembly of First Nations (ep 307)

| MEDIA INDIGENA : Indigenous current affairs (Podcast -- 47:57)

This week: 'Nation to nation,' or funder to client? When it comes to describing the financial relationship between the Assembly of First Nations and the Canadian government which signs its cheques, critics are anything but kind.

How the Labrador Innu are picking up the pieces of the past to build a new future

| Unreserved (Podcast -- 43:22)

Davis Inlet is on an island on the north coast of Labrador. But no one has lived there for 20 years. In the early 1990s, video of children sniffing gas in a cold shack made headlines, forcing the government to relocate the Innu to Natuashish. Davis Inlet will soon be decommissioned and the people who once called this place home must decide what story they will tell their children. This past summer, Innu Nation Deputy Grand Chief Mary Ann Nui invited CBC reporter John Gaudi to return to Davis Inlet with her. He takes us along with them in his documentary "I Still Live Here."

8 Things You Need to Know About On-Reserve Housing Issues

Little Grand Rapids, First Nation reserve in Manitoba, Canada. Photo: Shutterstock
Did you know that adequate housing was recognized in the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights? Did you know almost one in six Indigenous people lived in a home in need of major repairs in 2021 [1], a rate almost three times higher than for the non-Indigenous population, and more than 17 percent of Indigenous people lived in crowded housing?