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

2 Years Since 215

| Native Calgarian (Podcast -- 56:39)

Second anniversary of 215, talking about the importance of voting, the Alberta Election, reference past podcast about addiction, new Cdns, more discrimination in the NDP: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/human-rights-complaint-against-alberta-ndp-1.6856196 lending the vote, stupid fireworks, hate charges in Calgary, congratulate kdlang for the GG award, nominated for a Calgary award, experience of working with the Calgary Police now and a shout out to Jeremy Farkas with the 2SLGBT

Dr. Euan Thomson

| Native Calgarian (Podcast -- 01:00:24)

Returning guest Dr. Euan Thomson comes back to discuss the drug crisis situation and unpack his piece on Clearing the Plains 2.0 co authored with Terrill Tailfeathers and Will Cardinal. Read the piece: https://www.drugdatadecoded.ca/p/clearing-the-plains-20-alberta-drug and follow on Twitter @elsthomson @_EachAndEvery @AAWEAR @Terrilltf @treatysix

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A new era of archaeology

| Unreserved (Podcast -- 54:09)

Archeology that reconnects the past, present and future of Indigenous history

Archaeology has always studied Indigenous history without us. It was something that was done to, instead of with Indigenous peoples. But a growing number of Indigenous archaeologists are pushing back against the colonial boundaries of the field.

Saima Jamal

| Native Calgarian (Podcast -- 55:55)

Saima Jamal, community and human rights activist and I encourage new Canadians and Indigenous to vote in the upcoming election by making their voting plan. Get out the vote (GOTV) For non partisan info, go to https://www.elections.ab.ca/current-election-information/

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Collin May

| Native Calgarian (Podcast -- 01:26:52)

Former Chief of the Alberta Human Rights Commission and health safety advocate, Collin May, discusses his work in health equity and how false allegations of racism by the NDP destroyed his career.

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5 rising musicians share their songs and success

| Unreserved (Podcast -- 51:57)

Today, the beautiful resistance of Indigenous music makers carrying powerful messages

Digging Roots is Raven Kanatakta and Shoshona Kish. The blues/folk/soul duo just won a JUNO Award for their latest album Zhawenim. Their fourth studio album takes inspiration from skylines and mountain ranges; something the couple call Anishinabek Songlines, an ancient way of creating music.

Rising star Aysanabee also got to shine on Canada’s JUNO stage this year.

Thou shalt un-steal stuff from Indigenous peoples, pledges pontiff (ep 321)

| MEDIA INDIGENA : Indigenous current affairs (Podcast -- 34:14)

For our final show of the 2022/23 season, we debut a somewhat new format—working title: 'the RADAR' 📡—as MI regular Trina Roache, King's College assistant professor of journalism, joins host/producer Rick Harp to co-pilot a rapid review of items big and small. From the pope airing the idea of giving Indigenous peoples' stolen stuff back, to a group of Treaty 9 First Nations jointly suing Canada and Ontario for violating their collective jurisdiction, to Inuit-friendly eyecharts and quiche fit for a King, there's lots popping up on our (you guessed it) respective radars.

Celebrating Indigenous Drag Kings and Queens

| Unreserved (Podcast -- 54:09)

You never know what you’ll find when you walk into Sunshine House. There could be people singing karaoke or making get well cards for a friend. This resource centre in Winnipeg’s centennial neighbourhood provides harm reduction supplies, a cup of coffee and community. In the center of this community: Drag. Feather Wolfe and Davey Francis Kole are the heart and soul of Sunshine House – and two of the Queens behind the Like That drop-in program, primarily focused on the LGBTQ2S+ community and invites them to come as they are.

Higher Rates of Unemployment - #5 of 8 Key Issues

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Indigenous people are the fastest-growing and youngest segment of the Canadian population. And have been for decades. Based on the 2020 Canada Census there are now 1.8 million Indigenous people in Canada.

Rae of Light

| Native Calgarian (Podcast -- 57:55)

This is heavy content to honour our murdered sisters on the Highway of Tears. Meet Rae who survived and honours the sisters that protected her while killed by poor policies of child apprehension that continues today. Go to Red Dress events happening nationally on May 5

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Decolonizing our colleges and universities

| Unreserved (Podcast -- 54:09)

This week on Unreserved we explore what it takes to decolonize our colleges and universities.

Amanda Tachine is Diné from Ganado, Arizona. She is an assistant professor at Arizona State University and the author of Native Presence and Sovereignty in College: Weapons to defeat systemic monsters. She tells us how her students are taking on settler colonialism and finding power in kinship and love.

Tyson Bankert

| Native Calgarian (Podcast -- 01:30:12)

Tyson Bankert has been working and volunteering in supporting neighbourhood life for as long as he can remember! His interest in community comes at the intersection of justice and community development, and his work is based on equity, wellness, and agency. His personal slogan is, Promote Justice, Edify Others and Befriend the Lonely. Join Tyson on Jane’s Walk here: https://janeswalk.calgarycommunities.com/walks/neighbourhood-asset-mapping-in-hillhurst-sunnyside/ 

Water is sacred

| Unreserved (Podcast -- 54:09)

For Indigenous people water is more than just hydration. Water is alive and holds a spirit. Water is life.

Stephanie Thorassie advocates for the Seal River Watershed, a pristine region in northern Manitoba, about 200 km west of Churchill. It is a vast area central to the Sayisi Dene people, who have served as its guardians for millenia. As the executive director of the Seal River Watershed Alliance Stephanie leads a partnership of four First Nations pushing to have the area designated an Indigenous Protected and Conserved Area.

Kinsale Drake

| Native Calgarian (Podcast -- 48:45)

Kinsale Drake (Diné) is a poet/editor/playwright whose work has appeared or is forthcoming in Poetry, Best New Poets, Poets.org, Poetry Northwest, Black Warrior Review, The Adroit Journal, Poetry Online, Yale Literary Magazine, TIME, NPR, MTV (w/ Shaandiin Tome), and elsewhere.

Preserving, protecting and passing on Indigenous growing practices

| Unreserved (Podcast -- 47:23)

Indigenous agricultural practices kept our ancestors alive for millenia. They not only fed their own communities but also taught settlers how to grow food across this vast territory.

Indigenous people, like Cree-Métis Winnipegger Audrey Logan, keep that tradition alive and growing! Audrey’s whole life revolves around growing food. It has to. We tour Spirit Park, a community garden she helped create, in the West Broadway neighbourhood where she shares her journey from being depressed, overweight and diabetic to a healthy-eating Indigenous garden guru!

Indigenous Book Club: Life in the City of Dirty Water

| Native Calgarian (Podcast -- 40:16)

Excited to discuss the book, Life in the City of Dirty Water by author Clayton Thomas-Muller who is a member of the Treaty #6 based Mathias Colomb Cree Nation also known as Pukatawagan located in Northern Manitoba, Canada. He is a campaigner for 350.org, a global movement that's responding to the climate crisis. He has campaigned on behalf of Indigenous peoples around the world for more than 20 years, working with the Indigenous Environmental Network, Black Mesa Water Coalition, Global Justice Ecology Project, and Bioneers, among others

How court injunctions do Canada’s dirty work to deny Indigenous rights (ep 320)

| MEDIA INDIGENA : Indigenous current affairs (Podcast -- 01:11:10)

This week: The function of injunctions. When First Nations challenge the authority of a province or corporation to enact decisions that ignore Indigenous consent, there’s a handy legal tool those non-Indigenous parties can turn to: the injunction. Basically a court order which forces someone (or someones) to immediately put an end to a particular action, an injunction is, in principle, available to anyone who can make their case.

Duncan McCue: Award-winning storyteller and changemaker

| Unreserved (Podcast -- 54:09)

He is an award-winning journalist, broadcaster, professor, and author. After 25 years at CBC,the Anishinaabe storyteller is moving on from the public broadcaster and on to a new stage.

Duncan began his career at the CBC as a reporter in Vancouver in 1998. These days, he’s the host of Helluvastory on CBC Radio One and the podcast Kuper Island, an 8-part series about the notorious Residential School by the same name. Many know him from the years he hosted Cross Country Checkup.

Lower Income - #4 of 8 Key Issues for Indigenous Peoples in Canada

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"Indigenous Canadians earn about 70 cents for every dollar made by non-Indigenous Canadians, according to Canada's income data. This is a very frequent occurrence in metropolitan areas, where Indigenous employees earn 34% less than non-Indigenous workers doing the same job. The situation is much worse in remote reservations* where non-Indigenous individuals earn up to 88 percent more than Indigenous people." [1]

Cory Ashley

| Native Calgarian (Podcast -- 01:19:25)

Returning guest, widower of Lillian Ashley, Cory joins us again for some updates on the multiple agencies attempts to stop Lillian from attaining justice. Many of you asked how you can help (other than doing the work of reconciliation in your work, and orgs) so you etransfer: coryashley@hotmail.com

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