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Ep. 171: An Indigenous Chronicle of Christianity

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Episode description

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.

Featured voices this podcast include (in order of appearance): Kim TallBear, associate professor of Native Studies at the University of Alberta and Candis Callison, Associate Professor at UBC's Graduate School of Journalism; Ken Williams, assistant professor with the University of Alberta’s Department of Drama and Brock Pitawanakwat, Associate Professor of Indigenous Studies at York University; Lakota activist and communications professional Taté Walker.

This podcast was edited and produced by Anya Zoledziowski and Rick Harp. 

CREDITS: Creative Commons music in this episode includes the following works by Kevin MacLeod: "Rising", "Mirage", "Space 1990," "Agnus Dei X", "Comfortable Mystery 2", "Dirt Rhodes", and "Beauty Flow." Learn more about the artist at incompetech.com and filmmusic.io. Our intro music comes via BenevolentBadger.com.

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May 22nd, 2017

1:01:34

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 …

Ep. 62: What could BC Election 2017 mean for Indigenous peoples?

May 14th, 2017

47:59

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. …

Ep 61: How Canada's first Indigenous policy was founded on famine

May 7th, 2017

1:07:11

This week, an extended interview with James Daschuk, author of Clearing the Plains: Disease, Politics of Starvation, and the Loss of Aboriginal Life. …

Ep. 60: Canada's Sexist Status Indian System

April 29th, 2017

35:09

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 …

Ep. 59: Transportation troubles threaten to leave Indigenous people stranded

April 22nd, 2017

32:57

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 …

Ep. 58: How Health Canada Misdiagnoses the Needs of Indigenous Peoples

April 15th, 2017

32:37

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 …

Ep.57: Is the Globe and Mail Guilty of Whitesplaining? Third-Party (Mis)Management

April 8th, 2017

37:08

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 …

Ep. 56: Has the Mainstream Media Acted on Calls to Promote Reconciliation?

April 3rd, 2017

1:05:10

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 …

Ep. 55: Why Canada fights funding equity for First Nations kids; Dysfunction at Department of Indigenous Affairs Canada

March 25th, 2017

37:08

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 …

Ep. 54: The Crime of Being Indigenous; Food Sovereignty Starved of Support

March 18th, 2017

33:02

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 …

Ep. 53: Sisters Seeking Status Sperm; Push-back on Patriotism

March 11th, 2017

33:51

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 …

Ep. 52: Liberals Fail to Fix First Nations Fire & Water Services Gap

March 5th, 2017

1:04:17

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 …

Ep. 51: Indigenous Institutionalization, Then and Now

February 25th, 2017

52:20

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 …

Ep. 50: Sixties Scoop Survivors' Legal Victory; Is it time for an Indigenous-led political party?

February 20th, 2017

45:36

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 …

Ep. 49: Indigenous Activists Actively Monitored; Hereditary Rivalry

February 11th, 2017

46:17

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: …

Ep. 48: Indigenous Women's Inquiry to Include Men; Battle Over BC Street Name

February 3rd, 2017

52:11

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 …

Ep. 47: 'Race War' Rhetoric in Manitoba; Debating Downside of Donations to First Nations

January 28th, 2017

37:26

This week, we discuss a western Canadian premier's racializing of the contentious issue of night-time moose hunting: could his hyperbole put …

Ep. 46: Arthur Manuel's Legacy; Liberals Transparent Backtrack on TRC Call to Action

January 23rd, 2017

50:54

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 …

Ep. 45: Poor Progress Report for Missing & Murdered Women's Inquiry; On-Reserve Rape Kits

January 14th, 2017

42:30

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. …

Ep. 44: Crashing the Canada 150 birthday party; Ice-fishing business freezes out Status Indians

January 8th, 2017

38:24

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 …

Ep. 43: Indigenous Look Back at 2016; Joseph Boyden Identity Questions

December 31st, 2016

1:11:22

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 …

Ep. 42: "Barbaric Civilization: A Critical Sociology of Genocide," by Christopher Powell

December 23rd, 2016

31:55

This week's podcast, a kind of holiday edition, features an interview Rick conducted back in 2011 with Ryerson University professor Christopher …

Ep. 41: Jennifer Lawrence 'Sorry' for Sacred Site Slight; Cherokee Okay Same-Sex Marriage

December 17th, 2016

40:22

On this week's Indigenous roundtable... Jennifer Lawrence's 'sorry' butt: the Hunger Games star has apologized after social media slammed her conduct …

Ep. 40: Surprise at Standing Rock; Advisors to Trump pump privatizing treaty lands for oil and gas

December 9th, 2016

47:58

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 …

Ep. 39: What's in Store for Standing Rock? Measuring Moana's Cultural Credibility

December 3rd, 2016

1:01:36

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 …

Ep. 38: BC's Brown Face of Poverty; First Nation's Teachers Strike

November 27th, 2016

31:26

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 …

Ep. 37: Val d'Or police abuse probe; Suing over smudging

November 19th, 2016

34:09

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, …

Ep. 36: What will Trump presidency hold for Indigenous Peoples?; First Nation sees green in medical marijuana

November 13th, 2016

37:27

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? …

Ep. 34: Muskrat Falls Protest; Family Violence in Canada

October 29th, 2016

36:39

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 …

Ep. 33: Water rights fight in Alberta; Debating drug testing on-reserve

October 22nd, 2016

26:39

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 …

Ep. 32: Education funding finagle; Alarming abuse of kids in care in BC

October 15th, 2016

27:44

This week, our Indigenous current affairs roundtable unpacks recent revelations that, despite federal bureaucrats saying the cupboard for First …

Ep. 31: Cop's controversial comments outrage Ottawa's Indigenous community

October 7th, 2016

21:10

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 …

Ep. 30: Questioning mainstream media's fixation on First Nation "failure"

September 30th, 2016

27:15

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 …

Ep. 29: The Perpetuation of Discrimination Against First Nations Children

September 22nd, 2016

23:35

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 …

Ep. 28: Why is Canada so obsessed with long-lost white explorers?

September 15th, 2016

25:41

According to The Guardian, it's a discovery that "challenges the accepted history behind one of polar exploration’s deepest mysteries." This week, …

Ep. 27: Standing Up for the Standing Rock Sioux

September 9th, 2016

40:42

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 …

Ep. 26: The State of Indigenous Homelessness

September 4th, 2016

29:42

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 …

Ep. 25: Sixties Scoop survivors take Canada to court

August 26th, 2016

36:39

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 …

Ep. 24: The Killing of Colten Boushie: Will Justice Be Served?

August 18th, 2016

33:32

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 …

Ep. 23: Why Won't Hollywood Let Adam Beach Live?

August 12th, 2016

35:26

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 …

Ep. 22: Critiquing Canada's Inquiry into Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women

August 5th, 2016

24:29

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 …

Ep. 21: Food Insecurity in Canada's North

July 28th, 2016

22:31

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 …

Ep. 20: Inaction on the Indian Act in Canada

July 23rd, 2016

24:53

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 …

Ep. 19: Aboriginal Anxiety About The Police

July 15th, 2016

42:38

An Indigenous broadcaster shares his personal and political perspective on police treatment of Aboriginal people, an issue he recently wrote about in …

Ep. 18: Podcast Progress Report: How Are We Doing?

July 12th, 2016

25:54

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 …

Ep. 17: The work to keep Indigenous families together

June 30th, 2016

26:00

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 …

Ep. 16: Could legal action make Canada walk its talk on Indigenous languages?

June 26th, 2016

20:46

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 …

Ep. 15: Indigenous peoples and public health

June 16th, 2016

25:34

According to its proponents, Indigenous public health goes beyond the original concept to encourage health practitioners to be more aware of the …

Ep. 14: Human rights watchdog urges equal access to clean drinking water for First Nations

June 9th, 2016

15:20

"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 …

Ep. 13: Separating the rhetoric from the realities of Reconciliation in Canada

June 5th, 2016

24:22

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 …

Ep. 12: Series of Indigenous student deaths prompts search for answers

May 28th, 2016

21:08

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 …

Ep. 11: Pushback against poll purporting Native "indifference" to Washington Redskins team name

May 24th, 2016

22:44

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 …

Ep. 10: Will a bigger piece of the pipeline pie win more Indigenous support for Northern Gateway?

May 14th, 2016

16:18

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 …

Ep. 9: The growing Indigenous economic footprint in Canada

May 6th, 2016

16:18

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 …

Ep. 8: De-coding Canada's coy comments about free, prior and informed Indigenous consent

April 28th, 2016

16:51

Adopted by most countries back in 2007, the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) faced but a handful …

Ep. 7: What might Manitoba's new government mean for Aboriginal peoples?

April 22nd, 2016

14:51

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 …

Ep. 6: Understanding what drives Indigenous suicide

April 14th, 2016

17:30

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 …

Ep. 5: US Election 2016 and Native Americans

April 8th, 2016

16:17

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 …

Ep. 4: The ongoing medical crisis on First Nations

April 1st, 2016

17:23

"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 …

Ep. 3: Budget 2016 Breakdown

March 25th, 2016

15:07

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 …

Ep. 2: United Nations report on Canada and Indigenous peoples

March 17th, 2016

11:32

A United Nations expert review committee recently reported on how well Canada has treated Indigenous peoples under the International Covenant on …

Ep. 1: Climate change

March 10th, 2016

11:55

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 …

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