Colleen Cardinal on 60s Scoop & Indigenous Adoptees

Colleen Cardinal returned to Indigenous Waves last week to talk about the work she has been doing for Indigenous adoptees who were taken from their birth parents through colonial state removal. Colleen Cardinal is Plains Cree from Saddle Lake Cree Nation, AB and she currently resides in Algonquin Territory. Colleen is an Indigenous adoptee of … Continue reading

Sicangu Lakota rapper Frank Waln

Frank Waln was in Toronto in February 2015 for Indigenous Education Week at First Nations House. Indigenous Waves caught up with him in the studio while he was in town, and then later at an intimate listening party where he performed all new material from his upcoming album. In the second half of the show, … Continue reading

Jeff Corntassel returns to Indigenous Waves to talk Resurgence

Indigenous Waves was happy to welcome back Jeff Corntassel to chat about Indigenous rights, identity, self determination, imposed citzenship and of course, resurgence. Jeff Corntassel is Tsalagi (Cherokee Nation) and received his Ph.D. from the University of Arizona in 1998. He is currently an Associate Professor and Graduate Advisor in the School of Indigenous Governance at the … Continue reading

Heather Majaury This Is My Drum, on Algonquin Nationhood, History and Identity

Heather Majaury joined Indigenous Waves last week to discuss her latest project This Is My Drum. The context of This is My Drum is the unceded traditional territory of the Algonquin Anishinaabeg.  This territory includes the land where Canada’s Parliament buildings reside. Ironically, in a nation state that celebrates diversity as multiculturalism, the policy for … Continue reading

Kanienke’haka Cellist Dawn Avery, 50 Shades of Red

Kanienke’haka cellist Dawn Avery joined Indigenous Waves in August to discuss her latest release, 50 Shades of Red. Dawn Avery is Turtle clan, and her Kanienke’haka name is Ieriho:kwats.  Composer, cellist, vocalist, educator and GRAMMY nominated performer, Dawn Avery is committed to Indigenous language and cultural preservation as a musician, educator and participant of longhouse … Continue reading

Cole Sayers and Chelsea Vowel on Tsilhqot’in Nation “Aboriginal Title” Supreme Court Case

  The Supreme Court of Canada decision in Roger William (on behalf of the Tsilhqot’in Nation) v BC marks the first time that a court has granted Aboriginal title to a specific land area in Canada – in this case, over unceded Tsilhqot’in territory. The Court also found that British Columbia breached its duty to … Continue reading

Biskaabiiyang Collective confronting racism in Thunder Bay; Report from Unist’ot’en Camp

  The Biskaabiiyang Collective joined Indigenous Waves to talk about resurgence and resistance and collective organizing in the face of racism. When politician Tamara Johnson placed an overtly racist ad in the Chronicle Journal, Biskaabiiyang Collective took action with a campaign targeting advertisers. Damien Lee and Jana-Rae Yerxa joined Indigenous Waves to talk about their … Continue reading

Dr. Lynn Gehl’s Truth that Wampum Tells

  Author and Indigenous Knowledge scholar Dr. Lynn Gehl returned to Indigenous Waves this week to discuss her latest book, The Truth that Wampum Tells. Lynn is an Algonquin Anishinaabe-kwe from the Ottawa River Valley, Ontario, Canada. She describes herself as a learner-researcher, thinker, writer, Black Face blogger, and she has been an Indigenous human … Continue reading

Top Chef Canada Finale Recap & What’s Next with Chef Rich Francis

Top Chef Canada’s first Indigenous contestant, Chef Rich Francis returned to Indigenous Waves last week to recap the finale and season, as well as give the scoop on what is next for him. Playlist: Buffy Sainte-Marie – Cho Cho Fire Leonard Sumner – Northern Lights Cris Derksen – Elder Ducks Leanne Simpson – jiibay or … Continue reading

Shawn Atleo’s Resignation, the AFN & Bill C33 (FNCFNEA aka FNEA) with Russ Diabo

  Policy Analyst Russell Diabo returned to Indigenous Waves to discuss the recent news of Shawn Atleo resigning as the National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations (AFN), implications of his resignation on Bill C-33 (First Nations Control of First Nation Education – FNCFNEA – or First Nation Education Act – FNEA), the AFN … Continue reading