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MEDIA INDIGENA : Indigenous current affairs

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A weekly roundtable about Indigenous issues and events in Canada and beyond. Hosted by Rick Harp.

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February 22nd, 2024


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Unflagging settler colonialism in Minnesota / Mni Sóta Makoce (ep 340)

February 13th, 2024


This episode, another ‘mini’ INDIGENA (the easy-peasy version of MEDIA INDIGENA)—one where the first item went way longer than anyone expected!  Joining host/producer Rick Harp on Tuesday, February 6th were Kim TallBear …

The 'clean, green' face of colonialism (ep 339)

January 24th, 2024


For our first mini INDIGENA of 2024, Candis Callison (associate professor in the Institute for Critical Indigenous Studies and Graduate School of …

Shaping a Syllabus for Indigenous Podcast Studies (ep 338)

January 7th, 2024


For our final episode of 2023, a live audience recording from the spring, when we took part in the ICA 2023 Pre-conference, “20 Years of Podcasting: Mapping the Contours of Podcast Studies,” hosted May 24th and 25th at …

CN Indigenous advisory board goes off the rails (ep 337)

January 6th, 2024


This week, our penultimate program of 2023 reunites Kim and Ken for another mini INDIGENA (the rough and ready version of MEDIA INDIGENA) to discuss …

Carbon Colonialism and Culpability (ep 336)

December 28th, 2023


On this week’s round table: colonial carbon culpability. Calling it a “first-of-its-kind analysis,” a recent study by Carbon Brief has crunched the …

Where's There Smokes, There's Fire: Tobacco, Trade and Treaties (ep 335)

December 14th, 2023


This week: where there’s smokes, there’s fire. Does a recent ruling by Quebec’s Superior Court have the potential to dramatically alter Canada's …

The debate over state vs federal recognition of tribes in the U.S. (ep 334)

December 3rd, 2023


This week: controversy at the Congress. The National Congress of American Indians, that is. And according to its website, NCAI is “the oldest, …

How Canada Diddles While The World Burns: A Climate Check-in (ep 333)

November 20th, 2023


This week, yet another ‘mini’ INDIGENA (the fast + furious version of MEDIA INDIGENA), with some world-wide words for our 333rd episode (!!!), recorded the evening of Sunday, November 12th.

No doubt sub-consciously …

Do statutes of limitations apply to treaties with First Nations? Canada sure hopes so (ep 332)

November 2nd, 2023


We wrap up October a titch late with another ‘mini’ INDIGENA (the quick + dirty version of MEDIA INDIGENA), featuring a quartet of tidbits, ranging from a federal security agency’s overt admonishment of Nunavut over …

How might The Voice referendum echo for Indigenous peoples in Australia? (ep 331)

October 22nd, 2023


This week: another MINI INDIGENA featuring Kim TallBear (professor in the Faculty of Native Studies at the University of Alberta) and Candis Callison …

First Thoughts on First First Nations Premier of Manitoba (ep 330)

October 8th, 2023


MEDIA INDIGENA is back from its summer break with all-new shows, and we kick off with a far-ranging foursome of items, from a historic provincial election in Manitoba to the RCMP opting not to lay charges against a …

Indigenous Journalisms: Part 8 (ep 329)

September 21st, 2023


For the eighth and final installment of our 2023 Summer Series, "Indigenous Journalisms"—our audio book club based on Reckoning: Journalism's Limits …

Indigenous Journalisms: Part 7 (ep 328)

September 7th, 2023


For the seventh installment of our 2023 Summer Series, "Indigenous Journalisms"—an 8-part audio book club based on Reckoning: Journalism's Limits and …

Indigenous Journalisms: Part 6 (ep 327)

August 21st, 2023


For the sixth installment of our 2023 Summer Series, "Indigenous Journalisms"—an 8-part audio book club based on Reckoning: Journalism's Limits and …

Indigenous Journalisms: Part 5 (ep 326)

August 4th, 2023


For the fifth installment of our 2023 Summer Series, "Indigenous Journalisms"—an 8-part audio book club based on Reckoning: Journalism's Limits and …

Indigenous Journalisms: Part 4 (ep 325)

July 17th, 2023


For the fourth installment of our 2023 Summer Series, "Indigenous Journalisms"—an 8-part audio book club based on Reckoning: Journalism's Limits and …

Indigenous Journalisms: Part 3 (ep 324)

July 5th, 2023


For the third installment of our 2023 Summer Series, "Indigenous Journalisms"—an 8-part audio book club based on Reckoning: Journalism's Limits and …

Indigenous Journalisms: Part 2 (ep 323)

June 23rd, 2023


For the second installment of our 2023 Summer Series, "Indigenous Journalisms"—an 8-part audio book club based on Reckoning: Journalism's Limits and …

Indigenous Journalisms: Part 1 (ep 322)

June 11th, 2023


The opening installment of MEDIA INDIGENA's 2023 Summer Series debuts a new format for this time of year: a kind of 'audio book club' built around …

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

May 6th, 2023


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 …

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

April 8th, 2023


This week: The function of injunctions. When First Nations challenge the authority of a province or corporation to enact decisions that ignore …

Norval Morrisseau's illegal imitators forge a fortune (ep 319)

March 26th, 2023


This week: when culture and commerce collide. Three underground art rings producing hundreds if not thousands of fake artworks worth as much as $100 …

Water Insecurity and First Nations Suicide (ep 318)

March 20th, 2023


Can a reserve’s chronically unsafe drinking water be associated with a greater risk of suicide for its residents? That’s the lethal link hypothesized in newly-released research entitled “Is Suicide a Water Justice …

Should we distinguish between 'pretendians' and 'descendians'? (ep 317)

March 10th, 2023


This week: our second, long-overdue MINI INDIGENA of the season features regulars Trina Roache (Rogers Chair in Journalism at the University of …

What ‘it just wouldn't do’ to say in Alberta (ep 316)

February 24th, 2023


This week: Press Proximity to Power. For our latest TalkBack edition of MEDIA INDIGENA, where monthly supporters of the podcast debrief with us on …

Why settlers may be the ultimate tourists (ep 315)

February 18th, 2023


On our latest TalkBack edition, where monthly supporters of the podcast share their questions and comments, a follow-up with journalist Dawn Marie …

How Canadian tourists help endanger Indigenous lands in Mexico (ep 314)

January 29th, 2023


This week: Storming the beaches. Some Canadian property developers hoping to lure so-called ‘snowbirds’ to sunny beachfront in Oaxaca, Mexico have hit a bit of a hitch: like, the fact that Indigenous people already own …

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

January 21st, 2023


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 …

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

January 15th, 2023


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 …

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

January 5th, 2023


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 …

Oil and Gaslighting (ep 310)

December 27th, 2022


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 …

TalkBack: Alberta Sovereignty Act (ep 309)

December 13th, 2022


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 …

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

December 5th, 2022


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 …

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

December 3rd, 2022


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 …

Why mandatory English testing for some Indigenous nurses "smells like white supremacy" (ep 306)

November 6th, 2022


On our first MINI INDIGENA of the season, host/producer Rick Harp and MI regular Trina Roache (Rogers Chair in Journalism at the University of King’s …

TalkBack: Mary-Ellen Turpel-Lafond (ep 305)

October 31st, 2022


Introducing our first-ever 'TalkBack' edition of MEDIA INDIGENA, where monthly supporters of the podcast on Patreon get the chance to share their feedback about our most recent deep dive directly with our roundtablers.

The unravelling story of Mary-Ellen Turpel-Lafond (ep 304)

October 27th, 2022


This week: another one bites the dust? Who is the real Mary-Ellen Turpel-Lafond? A question very much on the minds of Indigenous people in Canada these days, still digesting the exhaustive and explosive CBC News …

Settler Election Fever (ep 303)

September 30th, 2022


On our last Summer '22 episode of collected, connected conversations: settler election fever! In this back half of our political retrospective on …

Neech the Vote (ep 302)

September 23rd, 2022


In this set of collected, connected conversations (the penultimate episode in our Summer '22 series): Neech the Vote! Was it really a year ago that …

A Seminar in Settlerology (ep 301)

September 13th, 2022


On this week's collected, connected conversations (the sixth in our Summer '22 series): Settlerology. That’s right: our chance to turn that gaze …

The Brutality of Bureaucracy (ep 300)

September 2nd, 2022


For the fifth instalment in our Summer '22 series, we burrow into bureaucracy, the Canadian civil service which administers every aspect of Indian life from cradle to grave via the technocratic tentacles of Indian …

Freedom of Speech (ep 299)

August 24th, 2022


For the fourth instalment in our Summer '22 series of collected, connected conversations: freedom of speech. From censorship to libel, press access …

Weaponized Words (ep 298)

August 15th, 2022


On the third instalment in our Summer '22 series: weaponized words. The first of two shows sounding off on speech, we've stitched together a variety of verbiage, from all about threats to speech in part two to all about …

The Battle to Belong: Part II (ep 297)

August 8th, 2022


On the second instalment in our Summer '22 series: the battle over belonging. The back half of our investigation into inclusion—or is that excursion into exclusion? They're kind of two sides of the same coin to be …

Diving into Discord (ep 295)

July 29th, 2022


Our season-ender is all about Discord: no, not some disagreement or friction somewhere, but Discord the digital platform, one which lets creators connect more directly and responsively with their audiences, free of all …

The Battle to Belong: Part I (ep 296)

July 27th, 2022


Summer is back and so is MEDIA INDIGENA's Summer Series, our compendia of conversations collected and connected from over the past six years, coming …

Canadians wrote the book on Replacement Theory (ep 294)

July 2nd, 2022


For our eleventh 'MINI' INDIGENA of the season, we try something a little different this time ‘round: a face-to-face-to-face discussion recorded Friday, June 24 in Winnipeg! Joining host/producer Rick Harp this episode …

Return of the Treaty: Part 2 (ep 293)

June 14th, 2022


THIS WEEK: Return to Restoule—the back half of our conversation about the Restoule case, the litigation some say has advanced a re-consideration and …

A Saskatchewan university trades one extreme for the other over Indigenous identity (ep 292)

June 12th, 2022


Our tenth 'MINI' INDIGENA of the season runs the gamut as usual, with MEDIA INDIGENA regulars Ken Williams (assistant professor with the University …

The Anishnabek fight for a fair share of their own pie (ep 291)

June 2nd, 2022


This week: Billions in back rent? A pair of treaties covering a territory roughly the size of France are at the heart of a legal fight for a fair share of its resource revenues. Known as the 1850 Robinson Treaties, …

Did media really just victim-blame a gunned-down Métis hunter? (ep 290)

May 22nd, 2022


This week, it's another 'MINI' INDIGENA, where we pack in sizzling-hot takes on a flurry of items via social audio. Joining host/producer Rick Harp …

The Colonial Complications of Indigenous Reproductive Choice (ep 289)

May 10th, 2022


For our eighth 'MINI' INDIGENA of the season, MI regular Kim TallBear (professor in the Faculty of Native Studies at the University of Alberta) and …

Looking HBC’s ill-gotten gift horse in the mouth (ep 288)

May 3rd, 2022


Gift or grift? When it comes to the spoils of colonialism, perhaps none have been more spoiled than the Hudson’s Bay Company. A 17th century creature …

How Canada sprinkles 'Reconciliation' on First Nations then tells them it's raining (ep 287)

April 22nd, 2022


Another week, another 'MINI' INDIGENA (our seventh of the season), where host/producer Rick Harp is joined by yet another pairing of APTN National News alumni, Trina Roache (Rogers Chair in Journalism, University of …

Is it time to toss 'Indigenous' categories for mainstream arts awards? (ep 286)

April 16th, 2022


For our sixth-ever 'MINI' INDIGENA, host/producer Rick Harp is joined by roundtable regulars—and fellow APTN National News alumni—Ken Williams …

Getting Real With Artificial Intelligence (ep 285)

April 10th, 2022


Hardly a day goes by it seems without news of some ‘revolutionary’ A.I.-driven tool ushering in a brave new world. Less said is who’ll be left out or …

How Ukrainian land defenders get to be brave and heroic to Canadian media yet Indigenous defenders don’t (ep 284)

March 5th, 2022


On our latest 'MINI INDIGENA,' special guest Michael Redhead Champagne (Ininew helper, host, speaker & author) joins roundtable regulars Kim …

Defund Defined (ep 283)

February 15th, 2022


How should we speak of safety in society? How ought we to understand and manage the origins of risk? And in doing so, where might we position …

Ottawa Overwhelmed (ep 282)

February 10th, 2022


This week: the occupation of Ottawa. And as truckers and others continue to crash Canada's capital and beyond, it’s striking (if not surprising) to watch how these protests have been handled—or not—providing a stark …

The odd turns taken with land acknowledgments (ep 281)

January 15th, 2022


On our fourth-ever 'MINI INDIGENA,' the quick + quippy edition of the podcast, special guest Q. Anthony Omene (cultural and political commentator …

U.S.A. R.I.P. ? (ep 280)

January 13th, 2022


How would you write a eulogy for the United States? Oh, you didn’t realize it was on death’s door? Guess you didn’t read the Globe and Mail over the …

The Rot of Reconciliation in Canada (ep 279)

December 29th, 2021


This week: the racket of Reconciliation. It’s been some six years since the TRC issued its final report, complete with 94 Calls to Action. Has Canada …

Cantankerous Cottagers (ep 278)

December 22nd, 2021


Displeasure Island. So distressed is an Ontario cottage owner that Indians could regain a significant say over some nearby islands in Georgian Bay, …

Omigod Omicron (ep 277)

December 11th, 2021


In this latest “rapid roundtable” on multiple topics via Clubhouse, Kim TallBear (professor in the Faculty of Native Studies at the University of …

Trust, Truth and Treaties (ep 276)

December 4th, 2021


On this week’s Indigenous round table: the gulf in understanding between settlers and First Nations people over treaties. A gap recently reinforced …

Wet’suwet’en Solidarity (ep 275)

November 26th, 2021


As long-time listeners know well, this isn’t the first time our podcast has looked at long-standing Wet’suwet’en efforts to block outside incursions into their territory. Indeed, last August’s double episode, 'Resource …

When even an Indian Affairs minister says 'Land Back', can we still use it? (ep 274)

November 8th, 2021


Our second crack at a “rapid round” of shorter conversations on multiple topics recorded via Clubhouse includes discussions on... whether '#LandBack' …

Unsettled Settlers (ep 273)

October 29th, 2021


When it comes to advancing Indigenous causes, is making settlers 'feel bad' a winning strategy? At least one settler pundit says 'no,' and he’s rounded up some Indigenous people who seem to agree with him.

At issue: the …

Unhealthy Healers (ep 272)

October 17th, 2021


CBC News has recently reported that a number of women have come forward with allegations of sexual assault against an Ontario medicine man. Although …

Canada's provincial patchwork of Orange Shirt Days (ep 271)

October 1st, 2021


On our first-ever “rapid round” of shorter conversations on multiple topics (recorded via the social audio app Clubhouse), we discuss: provinces that …

An anti-carbon coup for Indigenous climate activists (ep 270)

September 29th, 2021


Carbon coup. When it comes to fighting climate change, have Indigenous activists made much of a difference? Do we really know what their myriad anti-pipeline actions add up to? Turns out, a lot—now with the numbers to …

Grave Concerns (ep 269)

September 13th, 2021


For Canadians, it was a revelation that seemingly came out of nowhere: the confirmation back in May of over 200 unmarked graves at Kamloops, BC, thought to be the remains of young people who decades ago attended one of …

Coronavirus Conversations: Part 2 (ep 268)

August 31st, 2021


On this week’s collected, connected conversations—our final show of the summer—more of our COVID contemplations. Featured voices this podcast …

Coronavirus Conversations: Part 1 (ep 267)

August 17th, 2021


On this week’s collected, connected conversations (the eighth in our summer series): part one of our pandemic ponderings. A disease that’s thrown …

Education Exploration: Part 2 (ep 266)

August 5th, 2021


On this week’s collected, connected conversations (the seventh in our summer series): the back half of our education investigation. And this episode, …

Education Exploration: Part 1 (ep 265)

July 27th, 2021


On this week’s collected, connected conversations (the sixth in our summer series): back to school. Well, not quite yet. But it is around the corner, …

The Right to Hunt & Harvest: Part 2 (ep 264)

July 15th, 2021


Moose, elk, bison, lobster, salmon: they're just some of the non-human relatives that Indigenous peoples have relied upon for centuries. A reliance that, in turn, made self-reliance possible for those peoples. That is, …

The Right to Hunt & Harvest: Part 1 (ep 263)

July 5th, 2021


On this week’s collected, connected conversations (the fourth in our summer series), we go on the hunt for some rights recognition. Rights rooted in …

Leisure & Rec (ep 262)

June 28th, 2021


On this week’s collected, connected conversations, our summer series walks into the world of leisure and recreation—well, for some, anyway. For, as …

Law & Order: Part 2 (ep 261)

June 17th, 2021


This episode, the second in our summer series, part two of our look at law and order—emphasis on the latter. Because even though we’ll begin this episode with discussions about the courts and prisons (building on last …

Law & Order: Part 1 (ep 260)

June 7th, 2021


With the arrival of warmer weather, it's once again time for another MEDIA INDIGENA Summer Series, our compendia of conversations collected and …

"Pollution is Colonialism": Part Two (ep 259)

May 29th, 2021


Pollution is Colonialism Part Two: fresh off part one, host/producer Rick Harp and MI regular Candis Callison once again sit down with author, artist …

"Pollution is Colonialism": Part 1 (ep 258)

May 27th, 2021


Pollution is Colonialism: the straight-to-the-point title of a brand new book by Max Liboiron, Assistant Professor of Geography and Associate …

CA$H BACK, Part 2 (ep 257)

May 23rd, 2021


This week: redress, compensation and restitution. In short, Cash Back! It's the second half of our effort to put meat on the bones of this call for First Nations economic justice issued in the latest Red Paper of the …

CA$H BACK, Part 1 (ep 256)

May 15th, 2021


From Wealth to Welfare. Just how did Canada’s economy end up among the world's largest, anyway? Was it the sheer pioneering pluck of can-do Canucks? A steely determination tempered by visionary imagination and …

"Canada’s Carbon Economy & Indigenous Ambivalence" (ep 255)

May 1st, 2021


DILEMMA INDIGENA: For Indigenous peoples living under settler colonialism today, there are few choices that aren’t constrained, a predicament at the …

Left in the Lurch by Laurentian U (ep 254)

April 22nd, 2021


Northern education rooted in the north: for many, it's a vision at the very heart of Laurentian University, a northern Ontario school that today is …

An Outpouring of Outrage: Pt 2 (ep 253)

April 17th, 2021


It’s the second half of our conversation with artist Chief Lady Bird about her decision to design a beer can label in support of Indigenous women’s causes. In part one, we learned about how it all came to be and some of …

Opening up a can of controversy: Pt. 1 (ep 252)

April 13th, 2021


It was meant as a gesture in support of Indigenous women. A one of a kind design by an Indigenous artist known for her bold, provocative imagery. But …

When rez dogs become settlers' pet projects (ep 251)

April 1st, 2021


Canine colonial. Is it apt to draw parallels between the worst ills of mainstream child welfare systems and those of animal welfare? It’s the …

Conservative Convention & Indigenous Interests (ep 250)

March 31st, 2021


They’re one of Canada’s oldest political parties. Heck, they gave the country its first ever prime minister back in 1867. Today, the Conservative …

Indigenous Incivility (ep 249)

March 21st, 2021


A crapload of controversy. Did an Indigenous member of the Manitoba Legislature cross the line when she claimed members of the governing Conservative party "just don't give a crap about Indigenous women and girls in …

A Vaccination Conversation (ep 248)

March 13th, 2021


With COVID-19 immunization programs now underway in Canada and beyond, the basic questions of who, when and where have leapt to the fore. Will the …

High Hopes for Haaland (ep 247)

February 28th, 2021


This week, high hopes for Deb Haaland—the congresswoman from New Mexico and citizen of the Laguna Pueblo who could make history as the first …

Creating Culpability for Colonial Cosplay: Pt 2 (ep 246)

February 27th, 2021


Punishment for Pretendians: the back half of our extended look at colonial cosplay. And if part one was all about the problem, this part’s all about …

Contemplating the Consequences of Colonial Cosplay (ep 245)

February 24th, 2021


With issues of identity reaching a fever pitch of late, we thought we’d take its temperature. From Michelle Latimer’s contested claims to Indigeneity, to an ever-growing, quasi-underground list of Alleged Pretendians, …

Why medically-assisted dying is very much an Indigenous issue (ep 244)

February 21st, 2021


Medically-assisted death. It’s a controversial subject to say the least, precisely why any effort to legislate it has proven just as contentious. So it is in Canada, where laws have been challenged and critiqued, both …

Canada's effective monopoly on First Nations citizenship (ep 243)

January 31st, 2021


A new brief from the Yellowhead Institute has shone a light on yet another Canadian government attack on the spirit if not the letter of a human rights order demanding equity for First Nations kids. Issued by the …

Should the next Governor-General be First Nations? (ep 242)

January 27th, 2021


Repping the Queen. With Canada’s last Governor-General stepping down due to scandal, there are those who say her replacement ought to be a First …

Farewell to Fish Farms? Pt 2 (ep 241)

January 22nd, 2021


This week, the back half of our two-part foray into fish farms. Part one discussed the myriad problems with such aquaculture; this time around, we …

Farewell to Fish Farms? Pt I (ep 240)

January 19th, 2021


Fish farm phase-out. And with the end of aquaculture as we know it in sight on British Columbia’s central coast, there is hope it could help spark a …

Back to Basics with David Suzuki: Pt 2 (ep 239)

December 26th, 2020


A second sit-down with Suzuki. In the first half of our discussion with Dr. David Suzuki, we learned how COVID inspired a return to his spoken word roots and why it was important to include Indigenous knowledge and …

Back to Basics with David Suzuki: Pt 1 (ep 238)

December 24th, 2020


Scientist, broadcaster, activist, author, grandfather: David Suzuki has worn many hats over his eight-plus decades on the planet. A planet he continues to be both amazed by and concerned for as it faces catastrophic …

Bolivia for Beginners (ep 237)

December 23rd, 2020


Imagine what it would be like to live in a country where roughly half the population is Indigenous, said to be the highest such proportion in all of …

Pandemic Pandering Over Immunizing Indians (ep 236)

December 9th, 2020


A western Canadian premier denounced by critics for bungling the province’s COVID response has now come under fire for questionable comments about immunizing Indians. We’re talking Manitoba, where Brian Pallister’s gone …

Banking While Brown In B.C. (ep 235)

November 30th, 2020


A Heiltsuk grandfather in British Columbia has recently launched a pair of human rights complaints almost a year after he and his young granddaughter …

One last stand against northern dams (ep 234)

November 24th, 2020


Decades of disruption and destruction later, massive portions of northern Manitoba have been effectively sacrificed for hydro mega-projects, to the seemingly exclusive and enduring benefit of urban interests to the …

Eve of Election, Twilight of Empire? Part II (ep 233)

November 3rd, 2020


Voting day is just hours away in the USA, a day featuring a good number of Indigenous candidates at various levels: 111 in all, according to Indian Country Today. But even as some do their best to influence the outcome, …

Eve of Election, Twilight of Empire? Part I (ep 232)

November 2nd, 2020


Election and Empire: with U.S. voting day just around the corner, what will November 3rd bring? Will it be a worsening of the Republican shit-show that is the Trump presidency or will it be a slide over to that other …

The Undead Indians Haunting Canada's Dreams (ep 231)

October 29th, 2020


Back to the border: part two of our extended look at a court case that should be getting more attention, but continues to fly under the radar of …

The Supreme Court case you've likely heard zero about (but ought to) ep 230

October 24th, 2020


Beyond borders: It’s the shot that continues to be heard across time and states. And it was roughly 10 years ago that an un-licensed Sinixt hunter named Rick Desautel took down an elk in what’s now called British …

Justice for Joyce Echaquan (ep 229)

October 16th, 2020


It’s a gut-wrenching, even agonizing video. As a distraught, bed-ridden Joyce Echaquan pleads for help, a nearby nurse and an orderly at a Quebec …

Apoplexy in Alberta over Native Nomenclature (ep 228)

October 9th, 2020


New sounds of the city. One of Canada’s largest centres—amiskwaciy-wâskahikan (aka Edmonton)—could be on the verge of Indigenizing the nomenclature …

The Anti-Indigenous Handbook: Part 2 (ep 227)

September 30th, 2020


THIS WEEK: 'Chapter 2' of The Anti-Indigenous Handbook. A look into the "constellation of corporations, special interest organizations, politicians, …

The Anti-Indigenous Handbook: Part 1 (ep 226)

September 30th, 2020


The Anti-Indigenous Handbook: A collective effort spanning three countries, this 'Handbook' is the joint product of four media outlets: the

The fishy fight against Mi’kmaq rights (ep 225)

September 24th, 2020


Settler panic in the Atlantic. Why do opponents of a new Mi’kmaq fishery in southwestern Nova Scotia speak as if it’s illegal when it has the support …

Reclaiming history, rekindling kinship (ep 224)

September 18th, 2020


This week: Indigenous Gender and Sexuality Studies. A subject at the center of a talk delivered this past March by Dr. Jennifer Nez Denetdale, Professor of American Studies at the University of New Mexico, and the …

Resource Resistance: Part 2 (ep 223)

August 31st, 2020


On this week’s collected, connected conversations (the last of our summer-long series), we bring you part two of our resource resistance …

Resource Resistance: Part 1 (ep 222)

August 23rd, 2020


This week’s collected, connected conversations (the seventh in our summer-long series) make up the first part of a double-episode look at resource …

Talkin’ Tech, Dabblin’ in Data (ep 221)

August 15th, 2020


On this episode’s collected, connected conversations (the sixth in our summer-long series): we get down with data and tight with tech, tackling …

From self-medication to self-determination: a deep dive into drugs (ep 220)

August 7th, 2020


On this episode’s collected, connected conversations (the fifth in our summer-long series): navigating the harms and hopes associated with drugs. …

Indigeneity & Inauthenticity in the Arts (ep 219)

July 31st, 2020


On this week’s collage of collected, connected conversations (the fourth in our summer series): appropriation and authenticity. The second half of …

Indigenous (Mis-)Representation in the Arts (ep 218)

July 23rd, 2020


On this week’s collected, connected conversations (the third in our summer series), the arts take centre stage. A stage so wide, it’ll take two acts …

Medical Myopia (ep 217)

July 15th, 2020


In our second summer series collection of connected conversations: a checkup on the state of Indigenous health. A thorough examination of how the …

Confronting Canada’s Genocide (ep 216)

July 7th, 2020


Once again this year, we at MEDIA INDIGENA have dug deep into our archives to bring you a summer-long series of collected, connected conversations, …

Reckoning: The Limits and Possibilities of Journalism, Pt. II (ep 215)

June 30th, 2020


THIS WEEK: A systemic look at media. It’s the second half of our extended conversation with our very own Candis Callison and Mary Lynn Young, co-authors of Reckoning: Journalism’s Limits and Possibilities. Published by …

Reckoning: The Limits and Possibilities of Journalism, Pt. 1 (ep 214)

June 21st, 2020


On this episode: part one of our extended conversation on the limits and possibilities of journalism. And these days, we hear little about the …


June 12th, 2020


THIS WEEK: NAISA INDIGENA. And just who or what is a “NAISA”? It’s the Native American Indigenous Studies Association. Or as they put it, a …

The Fight for Food and Environmental Justice (ep 212)

June 6th, 2020


THIS WEEK: Food and environmental justice. Topics at the heart of a talk given back in February by Dr. Priscilla Settee, Professor of Indigenous Studies at the University of Saskatchewan, and Adjunct Professor for the …

The 'Looting' of America (ep 211)

May 30th, 2020


THIS WEEK: The ‘Looting’ of America. As if a pandemic wasn’t enough to contend with, disturbing video came out on social media this week of blatant …

Inuit Knowledge and Heavens (ep 210)

May 26th, 2020


On this week’s episode: “Indigenous Knowledge and Heavens,” the title of a talk delivered earlier this year by Inuk scholar, Dr. Karla Jessen …

Scoping out Indigenous reaction to Canada's weapons ban (ep 209)

May 23rd, 2020


THIS WEEK: Weapons and exceptions. The Liberal government’s recently-announced ban on 1500 types of assault weapons is not going over well with …

Internet Voting in Indian Country (ep 208)

May 10th, 2020


THIS WEEK: 21st century voting, 19th century colonialism. An Ontario First Nation feels frustrated by the fact that, just weeks away from its June …

The Battle O' Butter (ep 207)

April 30th, 2020


THIS WEEK: Butter blowback. With next to no fanfare, the makers of Land O’ Lakes butter have stripped their packaging of a decades-old iconic Indian …

Politics and public health in a pandemic (Ep 206)

April 27th, 2020


Patient privacy, public protection: they can feel at odds in this era of coronavirus. And yet, when it comes to the impacts of the virus on black and brown people, some say there’s not enough information being captured …

Coping and Commiserating in the Corona Era (Ep. 205)

April 17th, 2020


THIS WEEK: Corona commiseration. It’s the topic on everyone’s mind, all the time—which itself can be a challenge, for us included. Inundated with infection information, how much might be too much for our mental health? …

The Rotten Roots of Academia in America (Ep. 204)

April 9th, 2020


THIS WEEK: Post-secondary plunder. Cornell, MIT, Rutgers—can you guess what these prestigious U.S. centers of higher learning have in common? Well, …

A Rapid Rona Rundown (Ep. 203)

April 1st, 2020


After hosting back-to-back episodes of special guest appearances concerning COVID-19, this time we re-connect with two of our regular roundtablers, …

An Indigenous Historian's Take on COVID-19 (Ep. 202)

March 28th, 2020


THIS WEEK: Could the benefits of hindsight foreshadow the costs to come? As we discussed last episode, the collision of colonialism and COVID-19 …

When Coronavirus and Colonialism Collide (Ep. 201)

March 19th, 2020


THIS WEEK: Flattening the curve, feeling the gap. COVID-19, the virus that first popped up in Wuhan, China, is now officially a global pandemic. And even though the vast majority of people who get COVID-19 will …

Ep. 200: Boosting Canadian Corporate Culpability for Human Rights Abuse

March 10th, 2020


When a company in one country is linked to human rights abuses in another, should they be held responsible for that abuse back home? According to …

Ep. 199: Is Alberta becoming a police-state?

March 1st, 2020


THIS WEEK: Is Alberta becoming a police-state? At least one critic thinks so, after the province’s recent introduction of Bill 1. Labelled the …

Ep. 198: Political Pundits' Push-Back on 'Protectors'

February 24th, 2020


This week: Choosing our words carefully. When discussing those who oppose resource extraction, how important is it to call them protectors rather …

Ep. 197: Gauging the Gatekeepers

February 16th, 2020


Tired of how the media has covered its event in recent years, an all-Indigenous basketball tournament in BC has decided it's had enough of 'negative press.' With one exception—a First Nations radio station that …

Ep. 196: Another paramilitary push against Wet'suwet'en camps in BC

February 10th, 2020


THIS WEEK: Wet'suwet'en Redux. It’s an ever-changing story, yet all-too-reminiscent of other Indigenous struggles—and that’s just in supposedly …

Ep. 195: 'The Power Was With Us: Idle No More' (Pt. 2)

January 31st, 2020


THIS WEEK: Part 2 of our discussion on APTN’s new retrospective docuseries, “The Power Was With Us: Idle No More.” Picking up where Kim, Candis and Rick left off last episode—when they discussed the movement’s …

Ep. 194: 'The Power Was With Us: Idle No More' (Pt. 1)

January 30th, 2020


This week, the emergence of Idle No More, the Indigenous-led movement that’s arguably changed Canada forever. Now its arrival on the Canadian …

Ep. 193: Surviving the Scoop, Falling Into Place

January 24th, 2020


Once again, our podcast features a conversation based on our partnership with the Weweni Indigenous Scholars Speakers Series, a series made possible …

Ep. 192: Awakening Ancestral Languages

January 12th, 2020


On this week’s program: awakening ancestral languages. Our very first episode of 2020 sees us return to our partnership with the Weweni Indigenous …

Ep. 191: Why Indians aren’t tripping over Trump’s ‘Indian Country’ tweet

December 31st, 2019


If you’re active on Twitter maybe you’ve seen it—the fuss some have kicked up over Donald Trump’s recent use of the phrase “Indian Country” in a …

Ep. 190: The Slow Roll of Reconciliation in Canada

December 26th, 2019


Did you know it’s been roughly four years since Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission issued its final report? If all you follow is mainstream …

Ep. 189: Putting an Indigenous Frame on Stock Photography

December 24th, 2019


On this week’s Indigenous roundtable: Taking control, taking stock. How a First Nation in Ontario decided the only way they’re going to find images …

Ep. 188: The Burden Bureaucrats Bear at Indian Affairs

December 15th, 2019


THIS WEEK: The Bureaucrats’ Burden. Could there be any job tougher than running Indian Affairs? Sources at Indian Affairs say “No!” According to a …

Ep. 187: Is Repatriation Really 'Reconciliation'?

November 29th, 2019


This week: Bringing blood home. Over a half-century after their removal, a large cluster of blood samples from Indigenous islanders in Australia have …

Ep. 186: Panning Pan-Northernism

November 25th, 2019


“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 …

Ep. 185: Grading "Indian Control of Indian Education" in North America

November 18th, 2019


This week, class dismissed—or should we say class denied? A North Carolina advisory board has rejected a proposed Native charter school on the …

Ep. 184: Escaping the Orbit of Settler Colonialism

November 11th, 2019


It’s a dilemma that confronts much of Indigenous media: with so much of our time spent working to counter, correct and contextualize mainstream …

Ep. 183: Post-Election Post-Mort Part-Two

October 30th, 2019


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 …

Ep. 182: An Indigenous Post-Election Post-Mortem (Pt. 1)

October 25th, 2019


Barely 3 days after the Liberals' return to power -- only this time, as a minority government -- we wonder what that could mean for Indigenous …

Ep. 181: Crunching the Numbers of Canadian Colonialism

October 14th, 2019


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 …

Ep. 180: Is the Green Movement Still Too White?

October 8th, 2019


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 …

Ep. 179: Taking the Measure of Data on Indigenous Peoples

September 29th, 2019


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 …

Ep. 178: Dissecting the Debate on Indigenous Affairs

September 18th, 2019


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 …

Ep 177: How will Indigenous issues fare this Canadian election?

September 15th, 2019


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 …

Ep. 176: Deodorizing Dior

September 8th, 2019


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 …

Ep. 175: The Serious Business of Self-Indigenization

August 28th, 2019


On this week’s collected, connected conversations—the last in our Summer Series—the serious business of self-Indigenization. On its face, Indigenous …

Ep. 174: Conversations on the Climate Crisis

August 19th, 2019


On this week’s collected, connected conversations (number eight in our Summer Series): comprehending and combating Climate Change. And as our current …

Ep. 173: Remaking the Indigenous Family (Pt. 2)

August 12th, 2019


On this week’s collected, connected conversations (the seventh in our Summer Series): the other half of our two-part look at remaking the Indigenous …

Ep. 172: Re-making the Indigenous Family (Pt. 1)

August 5th, 2019


On this episode’s collected, connected conversations (the sixth in this Summer Series): Part One of “Re-making the Indigenous Family.” Said to be …

Ep. 171: An Indigenous Chronicle of Christianity

July 28th, 2019


On this week’s collected, connected conversations (the fifth of our summertime shows): how core concepts of Christianity continue to inspire and …

Ep. 170: Reckoning with Reconciliation

July 21st, 2019


On this week’s collected, connected conversations (the fourth in our Summer Series shows): reckoning with Reconciliation.

But what is …

Ep. 169: Putting Science under an Indigenous microscope

July 13th, 2019


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 …

Ep. 168: How Mainstream Media Misrepresent Indigenous Peoples

July 5th, 2019


This week’s collected, connected conversations, the second in our Summer Series, feature a focus on the media. From blatant double-standards, to …

Ep. 167: Confronting History, Unmaking Heroes

June 27th, 2019


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 …

Ep. 166: An Indigenous Vetting of the 'V-Word': Victim

June 15th, 2019


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 …

Ep. 165: The G Word—Why Canada and genocide belong in the same sentence

June 12th, 2019


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 …

Ep. 164: The Inquiry into how Indigenous women and girls became targets for Canadian genocide

June 4th, 2019


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 …

Ep. 163: Australian government tries to deport Indigenous people as “aliens”

May 29th, 2019


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 …

Ep. 162: Running hatred up the flagpole in Saskatchewan

May 17th, 2019


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 …

Ep. 161: Are there Indigenous pathways out of our planet's biodiversity crisis?

May 14th, 2019


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 …

Ep. 160: All White History is Revisionist History

May 6th, 2019


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 …

Ep. 159: Are Indigenous reactions to the Notre Dame Fire a teachable moment for Settlers?

April 26th, 2019


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 …

Ep. 158: The Indigenous 'Grief Gap' over the Notre Dame Cathedral Fire

April 23rd, 2019


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 …

Ep. 157: Do non-Inuit get to perform Inuit throat-singing?

April 14th, 2019


This week: Sonic sovereignty? With Inuit widely credited as creators of a distinctive form of throat-singing, does it follow that they alone should …

Ep. 156: Liberal Smugness in the Face of Slow-Motion Genocide

April 8th, 2019


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 …

Ep. 155: How Do We Solve "The Settler Problem"?

April 1st, 2019


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 …

Ep. 154: Is Canada's forgiving loans it forced on First Nations "reconciliation"?

March 25th, 2019


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 …

Ep. 153: Another class action for another stolen generation

March 19th, 2019


This week, another stolen generation, another class action. Three billion dollars, thousands upon thousands of children. These are the stakes of a …

Ep. 152: Claiming Indigenous Rights to the 5G Wireless Radio Spectrum

March 11th, 2019


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 …

Ep. 151: A Head Scratcher of a Headdress

March 3rd, 2019


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 …

Ep. 150: A Navajo Majority Sparks Upheaval in Utah

February 23rd, 2019


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 …

Ep. 149: The Deafening Silences in Canada's Indigenous Languages Act

February 15th, 2019


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 …

Ep. 148: War on the Wet'suwet'en?

January 14th, 2019


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 …

Ep. 147: MAMASKATCH: A Cree Coming of Age (Pt. 2)

December 30th, 2018


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 …

Ep. 146: MAMASKATCH: A Cree Coming of Age (Pt. 1)

December 24th, 2018


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 …

Ep. 145: Policing the Police of Thunder Bay

December 15th, 2018


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; …

Ep. 144: International Symposium on Indigenous Communities and Climate Change

December 9th, 2018


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 …

Ep. 143: Should Canada criminalize efforts to deny or trivialize the genocide of Indigenous peoples?

December 1st, 2018


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 …

Ep. 142: Inflaming the Issue: Could fire-ridden California have benefitted from Indigenous knowledge?

November 24th, 2018


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 …

Ep. 141: SLAPPed Silly? Alberta First Nation threatens one of its own with $1M libel lawsuit

November 16th, 2018


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 …

Ep. 140: Unpacking the Colonial Foundations of Philanthropy

November 11th, 2018


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 …

Ep. 139: Will Brazil's New President Further Imperil Indigenous Peoples?

November 4th, 2018


This week... The Will of Brazil: Indigenous advocates raise huge red flags over the election of super right wing president Jair Bolsonaro. Duty …

Ep. 138: Will Legal Cannabis Spark a Jackpot or Jeopardy for Indigenous Peoples?

October 28th, 2018


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 …

Ep. 137: Questions of Cannabis Justice and Jurisdiction for Indigenous Peoples

October 25th, 2018


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 …

Ep. 136: Why Decarbonization and Decolonization Go Hand-in-Hand

October 14th, 2018


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 …

Ep. 135: What Does Indigenization of Education Really Mean?

October 7th, 2018


This week, our special live-audience episode in Edmonton, where we discussed... Protocol Schmotocol: What one professor’s slide into another’s DMs on …

Ep. 134: What does Settler solidarity with Indigenous peoples look like?

September 30th, 2018


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... …

Ep. 133: Some Second Thoughts on 'First Contact'

September 20th, 2018


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 …

Ep. 132: Culture-making in an Age of Assimilation and Appropriation

September 14th, 2018


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 …

Ep. 131: Settler consternation over consultation with Indigenous peoples

September 8th, 2018


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 …

Ep. 130: Surfacing abuse allegations against one of Canada's notorious man-camps

September 4th, 2018


1. Man camp controversy: decades-old abuse allegations against hydro-dam workers finally surface in Manitoba. Might it spark a flood of similar …

Ep. 129: A Primer on Pipelines and Indigenous Peoples

August 24th, 2018


Our ninth and final episode of our Summer Series collects and connects conversations about pipelines, in particular, the Kinder Morgan pipeline …

Ep. 128: Colten Boushie Retrospective

August 17th, 2018


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 …

Ep. 127: Why It's Still Not Okay in Thunder Bay for Indigenous People

August 10th, 2018


Our seventh Summer Series episode collects and connects conversations about Thunder Bay, a small northwestern Ontario city where a huge amount of …

Ep. 126: Moving beyond lip service for Indigenous languages

August 3rd, 2018


Our sixth Summer Series episode collects and connects conversations about language: more specifically, the politics of Indigenous language rights and …

Ep. 125: Is Canada's newest solution to the Indian Act worse than the problem? (Part 2)

July 27th, 2018


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, …

Ep. 124: Is Canada's newest solution to the Indian Act worse than the problem? (Part 1)

July 20th, 2018


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 …

Ep. 123: A taste of Indigenous food politics

July 13th, 2018


Our third Summer Series episode collects and connects conversations about food: it’s a veritable buffet of some of our most filling discussions, from …

Ep. 122: Canada's systems of (mis)education and Indigenous peoples

July 6th, 2018


Our second Summer Series episode collects and connects conversations about education: from inadequate funding to lack of Indigenous representation in …

Ep. 121: Water as a fundamental human and treaty right

July 1st, 2018


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 …

Ep. 120: Looking at Trump's brutal border policies through an Indigenous lens

June 21st, 2018


THIS WEEK / Separation anxiety: as the U.S. catches criticism for splitting up migrant families and isolating their kids, some wonder if the concern …

Ep. 119: Why DNA "Indigenous ancestry" tests ain't worth a doggone dime

June 16th, 2018


THIS WEEK // Survey says: We opine on a poll asking Canadians what they think should be done regarding Indigenous peoples. Statistically …

Ep. 118: Canada's First-ever First Nations Think Tank

June 9th, 2018


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, …

Ep. 117: What will Canada buying Trans Mountain mean for Indigenous peoples?

June 4th, 2018


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 …

Ep. 116: Dislodging the discourse of death and doom about Indigenous people

May 29th, 2018


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 …

Ep. 115: Why not everyone in Hawai'i is vexed over volcanoes

May 18th, 2018


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 …

Ep. 114: The Paranoia and Perils of White Fright

May 15th, 2018


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. …

Ep. 113: A Second Slide into Settler Sexuality

May 5th, 2018


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 …

Ep. 112: Settler Sexuality's Slippery Slope

April 27th, 2018


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 …

Ep. 111: Are Kinder Morgan's pipeline benefit agreements a form of Indigenous consent or coercion?

April 23rd, 2018


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 …

Ep. 110: How 'Canada Reads' still shunts Indigenous authors to the bottom of the book pile

April 12th, 2018


THIS WEEK // Big Steps: How some ancient footprints confirm (yet again) what Indigenous people keep telling scientists—how we’ve been here for a …

Ep. 109: Is there a 'Standing Rock North' in the making in British Columbia?

April 6th, 2018


THIS WEEK // A 'Nope' from the Pope: Why does His Holiness seem wholly against saying sorry for the crimes of Church-run residential schools? / …

Ep. 108: Reading the larger lessons of Sherman Alexie's literary rise and fall

March 30th, 2018


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 …

Ep. 107: Indigenous podcasters on Indigenous podcasting

March 25th, 2018


This week, the sound of two Indigenous podcasters podcasting, as MEDIA INDIGENA host/producer Rick Harp sits down with Wayne K. Spear (

Ep. 106: Students call university's bluff on Reconciliation and Indigenization

March 15th, 2018


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 …

Ep. 105: How soon is too soon to teach kids about residential schools?

March 9th, 2018


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 …

Ep. 104: Where will Tina Fontaine's family find justice?

March 2nd, 2018


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 …

Ep. 103: Will First Nations Factor into the Battle over Bitumen?

February 23rd, 2018


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 / …

Ep. 102: Injustice for Colten Boushie

February 15th, 2018


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 …

Ep. 101: How Canadian Media Put Indigenous Victims on Trial

February 9th, 2018


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 …

Ep. 100: Do Canadian court systems effectively exclude Indigenous people from juries?

February 4th, 2018


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 …

Ep. 99: A deep dive into the Doctrine of Discovery (and how it's never gone away)

January 29th, 2018


This week: the 'Change the Date' debate. We discuss what seems to have been the most controversial Australia Day yet. Plus, divine intervention? As …

Ep. 98: Peering into the Playbook for White Denial of Indigenous Injury

January 21st, 2018


This week.. Politician contrition: an Alberta MLA walks back some sweeping off-hand comments about Aboriginal voter behaviour in his riding; A flyer …

Ep. 97: What to do about trolls like Senator Lynn Beyak?

January 14th, 2018


This week: Beyak Booted—A Canadian senator’s website gets her kicked out of the Conservative Party for controversial content about Indigenous people. …

Ep. 96: Is Native Twitter More Than Just a Hashtag?

January 7th, 2018


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 …

Ep. 95: An Indigenous Look Ahead to 2018

January 1st, 2018



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 …

Ep. 94: An Indigenous Look Back at 2017

December 23rd, 2017


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 …

Ep. 93: Does political corruption get covered differently when Indigenous people are involved?

December 16th, 2017


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 …

Ep. 92: Indigenous politician claims "First Nations don't believe in abortion"

December 11th, 2017


Monumental fight: US President Trump announces he'll significantly shrink the boundaries of two protected areas in the state of Utah, despite their …

Ep. 91: Mohawk members turn to Quebec court over Kahnawake's refusal of non-Indigenous residents

December 3rd, 2017


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 …

Ep. 90: Is Pro-Development Anti-Indigenous, Vice-versa, or Neither?

November 27th, 2017


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. …

Ep. 89: Child Welfare as an Arm of the Colonial State

November 19th, 2017


This week, an extended conversation with Sarah de Leeuw, co-author of the recent paper, Turning a new page: cultural safety, critical creative …

Ep. 88: Canada's highest court rules in favour of ski resort over sacred site

November 14th, 2017


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 …

Ep. 87: The 12 Dimensions of Indigenous Homelessness

November 4th, 2017


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 …

Ep. 86: Why your kid will survive not being an 'Indian Princess' on Halloween

October 28th, 2017


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: …

Ep. 85: Acknowledging Toxic Indigenous Masculinity: Are We at a Turning Point?

October 21st, 2017


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 …

Ep. 84: Why traditional tastes in food turned some testy in Toronto

October 14th, 2017


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 …

Ep. 83: Justin Trudeau's Symbolic Politics Long on Gesture, Short on Goods

October 7th, 2017


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 …

Ep. 82: Did Indigenous women help wage a ‘witch hunt’ of Wab Kinew?

October 1st, 2017


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 …

Ep. 81: Will Questions About Wab Kinew's Past Undo His Political Future?

September 23rd, 2017


This week... Kinew Conundrum: will old assault charges against the new leader of Manitoba’s New Democratic Party divide the Indigenous community? TB …

Ep. 80: Cherokee Freedmen, Adam Beach Boycott, Indian Country Today

September 16th, 2017


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 …

Ep. 79: Meet the MEDIA INDIGENA Roundtable

September 11th, 2017


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. …

Ep. 78: Has Canada Cut Indian Affairs in Half or Cloned it?

September 5th, 2017


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 …

Ep. 77: Ottawa's new Indigenous court; Australia's cashless welfare cards; Iqaluit's first liquor store

August 28th, 2017


Ottawa gets a new, Indigenous-only courtroom, but does the evidence support the move? Why critics say electronic welfare cards are being used to …

Ep. 76: Charlottesville, Guam and the 'Eskimos' of Edmonton

August 21st, 2017


This week... Why Indigenous people totally relate to recent violence over icons of intolerance in Charlottesville, Virginia; we get into Guam, a …

Ep. 75: Child welfare's links to homelessness; BC overdose data; What is "authentic" Indigenous art?

August 13th, 2017


This week's Indigenous roundtable: a new study seems to solidify the link between homelessness and contact with the child welfare system; new data …

Ep. 74: Starvation, Experimentation, Segregation, Trauma: Indigenous Health History

August 6th, 2017


This week: Starvation, experimentation, segregation and trauma—to Mary Jane McCallum, these four words are critical concepts for any student of …

Ep. 73: White Settler Revisionism and Making Métis Everywhere (Part 2)

July 29th, 2017


This week... the conclusion to our conversation with the authors of the recent article, "White Settler Revisionism and Making Métis Everywhere: The …

Ep. 72: White Settler Revisionism and Making Métis Everywhere (Pt. 1)

July 23rd, 2017


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 …

Ep. 71: How Boring Bureaucracy Enables Inhumane Inequity in Canada

July 15th, 2017


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 …

Ep. 70: Tempest in a Teepee on Parliament Hill; Pressure at the Press Gallery

July 9th, 2017


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 …

Ep. 69: How governmental ill will continues to plague Indigenous health care

July 2nd, 2017


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 …

Ep. 68: Language Funding Inequity Irks Inuit; Google Maps Adds Indigenous Communities

June 25th, 2017


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 …

Ep. 67: Why It's Not Okay in Thunder Bay for Indigenous Youth; Does Canada/AFN MOU Go Too Far?

June 18th, 2017


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, …

Ep. 66: Assault victim forced to testify in chains and cuffs; Inuk granny jailed for opposing mega-dam

June 10th, 2017


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 …

Ep. 65: High-schoolers' "Cowboys & Indians" party; Diabetic dumped off bus

June 3rd, 2017


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 …

Ep. 64: Idle No More National Day of Action, 'Unsettling Canada 150'

May 29th, 2017


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 …

Ep. 63: Does '13 Reasons Why' sensationalize suicide? Aboriginal authors on the curriculum

May 22nd, 2017


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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? 

Inherited Issues: …

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

February 3rd, 2017


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


"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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


"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


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


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


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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