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Meet the Hosts

In this introductory episode, Porcupine writer Deborah Bowers turns the tables on hosts Merrell-Ann and Michael to find out why they're doing this podcast. She asks about their stories, backgrounds, and personal experience with reconciliation in Canada.


19 Oct 2020

Rank #1

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CLI Elders Discuss Reconciliation

Collaborative Leadership Initiative Elders Rodney Burns, Stan McKay, and Garry McLean, discuss reconciliation. In this episode Merrell-Ann and Michael discuss reconciliation with three elders: Rodney Burns, Stan McKay, and Garry McLean. They attempt to define the concept of reconciliation for Porcupine listeners. They talk about their concerns, fears, experiences, and hopes for the future.  Why You Should Listen When we talk about elder statesmen from the First Nations community, none are better at crystallizing their wisdom than Garry McLean, Stan McKay and Rodney Burns. Let the wisdom begin.  About Our Guests Garry McLean The late Garry McLean (Zhoongi-ghabowi Ininah-standing Strong Man)  was from Lake Manitoba First Nation. He was fluent in the Saulteaux Ojibway language.  Garry spent most of his career working in the federal or provincial governments, and assisting and advising First Nation’s politics. Garry was the lead complainant in a 2009 class action lawsuit against the Government of Canada.  He represented Indigenous survivors of Indian Day Schools who suffered abuse and loss of culture. Those represented were also left out of an initial settlement for survivors of Indian Residential Schools. Subsequently, a settlement with the federal government was finally announced in December 2018. Sadly, Garry passed away in February 2019 after a brief illness.  Stan McKay  Stan McKay, who was the 34th moderator of the United church of Canada, and the very first Aboriginal person to have held such a post. Now Stan works on reconciliation issues full time. “Without the work of Stanley John McKay and many others, Canada’s Aboriginal peoples might never have heard the two simple words they had waited hundreds of years to hear from a Christian Church: we’re sorry. It happened in 1986 at the 31st General Council of the United Church of Canada, the country’s largest Protestant church. An apology to Aboriginal people was issued, thanks to the work of Reverend McKay and his partners on the National Native Council of the United Church. Six-years later, Reverend McKay became Moderator, the highest spiritual position possible in the United Church hierarchy. The prefix “Very Reverend” has been part of his name ever since. By becoming the first Aboriginal person to lead the United Church, serving from 1992-94, Reverend McKay had again made history. First ordained in 1971, this Cree from the Fisher River Reserve in Manitoba, has been at the forefront in joining Aboriginal spirituality with the teachings of Christ.”(via inspire.ca) Rodney Burns Rodney Burns is one of the longest term and most respected mayors in Southern Manitoba. The Association of Manitoba Municipalities gave him a long service award in 2013 for the for his 25+ years of municipal service. Rodney, Stan, and Garry Say: >> 03:10: “The first time I heard of the term reconciliation, I knew someone who had a small business who had their financial statement and at the end of the day, they had to reconcile at the bottom. They have to reconcile. Okay. Make it makes sense, practical sense. And so I think reconciliation is making practical sense out of a history that has torn us apart. That is to say, a history that has made no sense.” >> 03:56: “They call it welfare, but it’s not welfare. It’s dependency payments. The hope was we would disappear. There’d be no more Anishinaabi. No more Creek. We’d be integrated in a way that our value systems would disappear. And we’d all be just citizens of Canada. Well, it’s not quite that simple.” Our Community is Afraid of Change >>12:23:  “Our community is afraid of change. The Indian act exists in part because of our fear. We can’t see change as helping us because at every turn we’ve been marginalized. That is to say, our voice has not been heard.” >> 13:13: “I have hope, but, but it’s a hope that waivers every, every morning when I wake up, I wonder what new challenges, what new expressions of racism I would find as I live my day.” >> 13:39: “The spirit and intent of the treaties was that we have life together in a good way. And I think collaboration for me is really getting back to the spirit of the treaty.” >> 16:34: “I don’t for a moment, believe it’s going to be easy, but as long as there’s a table where there’s conversation about collaboration, I want to encourage it. I want to encourage people to be a part of it.” >> 17:03: “It’s possible for [historically separated people] to become friends and share stories. And, and you see things happening that our history has denied as possible.” In This Episode Indian ActCollaborative Leadership Initiative Indigenous Day School Lawsuit Other Ways to Enjoy Episode 1: Season 1, Episode 1: CLI Elders Discuss Reconciliation Transcript The post CLI Elders Discuss Reconciliation appeared first on Porcupine Podcast.


19 Oct 2020

Rank #2

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Northern Reality and Reconciliation Part 1

Northern Reality and Reconciliation Part 1 with Tony Penikett Today, author and former Premier of the Yukon Tony Penikett talks about reconciliation within and between governments. He discusses his new book, Hunting the Northern Character. He also touches on where Canada’s been, where it’s going, and how northern governments have approached these issues. Next: Listen to Northern Reality and Reconciliation Part 2 with Tony Penikett here. About Our Guest Tony Penikett Tony spent 25 years in public life, including two years at the Canadian House of Commons as Chief of Staff to federal New Democratic Party Leader Ed Broadbent; five terms in the Yukon Legislative Assembly; and two terms as Premier of Canada’s Yukon Territory. His government negotiated settlements of Yukon First Nation land claims; passed pioneering legislation in the areas of education, health, language; and organised Yukon 2000, a unique bottom-up economic planning process. After serving as Premier of the Yukon, Penikett acted as Senior Aboriginal Policy Advisor for the Premier of Saskatchewan (1995-97) and Deputy Minister for Negotiations, and later Labour, for the Government of British Columbia (1997-2001).Read the rest of Tony’s bio on The Polar Connection Tony Says: >> 00:01: “In Whitehorse, at that time, it was fairly clear that most of the poor people were Indigenous. And most Indigenous people were poor.”  – Tony Penikett >>12:59: “We were able to do that because for the first and only time in Yukon history where we’ve had a party system… Since right from the beginning in 1898, was that… Half of my caucus colleagues in the governing party in the New Democratic party congress were Indigenous people.”  – Tony Penikett >>17:43: “And one of the things that one of the Chiefs said, which struck all of us was, “Look, we were promised social license on major projects that impacted our communities. We were promised free prior and informed consent before any major projects come through. What we got was drive-by consultation.” – Tony Penikett In This Episode Other Ways to Enjoy Northern Reality and Reconciliation Part 1: Northern Reality and Reconciliation Part 1 Transcript The post Northern Reality and Reconciliation Part 1 appeared first on Porcupine Podcast.


19 Oct 2020

Rank #3

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Northern Reality and Reconciliation Part 2

Tony is the former Premier of the Yukon and author of several books. His latest, Hunting the Northern Character, is available on Amazon now. Canadian politicians, like many of their circumpolar counterparts, brag about their country’s “Arctic Identity” or “northern character”, but what do they mean, exactly? These southern perspectives often fail to capture northern realities. During decades of service as a legislator, mediator, and negotiator, Tony Penikett witnessed a. new northern consciousness grow out of the challenges of the Cold War, climate change, land rights struggles, and the boom and bust of resource megaprojects. His lively account of clashes and accommodations between Indigenous and non-Indigenous leaders not only traces the footsteps of his hunt for a northern identity but tells the story of an Arctic that the world does not yet know. Buy Hunting The Northern Character on Amazon Northern Reality and Reconciliation Part 2 with Tony Penikett Merrell-Ann and Michael continue their discussion about government to government reconciliation. Their guest today is former Premier of the Yukon and author of Hunting the Northern Character, Tony Penikett. Catch up: Listen to Northern Reality and Reconciliation Part 1 with Tony Penikett here. About Our Guest Tony Penikett Tony Penikett spent 25 years in public life, including two years at the Canadian House of Commons as Chief of Staff to federal New Democratic Party Leader Ed Broadbent; five terms in the Yukon Legislative Assembly; and two terms as Premier of Canada’s Yukon Territory. His government negotiated settlements of Yukon First Nation land claims; passed pioneering legislation in the areas of education, health, language; and organised Yukon 2000, a unique bottom-up economic planning process. After serving as Premier of the Yukon, Penikett acted as Senior Aboriginal Policy Advisor for the Premier of Saskatchewan (1995-97) and Deputy Minister for Negotiations, and later Labour, for the Government of British Columbia (1997-2001).Read the rest of Tony’s bio on The Polar Connection Tony Says: >> 01:20: I am enormously pleased when I’m in Nunavut and see non-Indigenous members of the legislature debating in Inuktitut – Tony Penikett >>03:53: “The assumption is that somebody sitting in an air-conditioned cubicle in Ottawa can articulate the needs and the values and the priorities and the policies of Northerners better than people who were elected or chosen by the people in the North to do that job, is just ludicrous.” – Tony Penikett >> 09:47: “Of course, they’re now proud of their tribal identity as a way that they were not taught to be when they were young in residential school or even into the sixties, I would argue.”  – Tony Penikett >> 10:10 “They actually are quite comfortable with that idea of multiple identities. And when my kids, my daughters, particularly… I noticed this when they’re at potlatches. They just instantly submerge themselves into their tribal roles, which are assigned by history, you know, their clan relationships and responsibilities without any kind of anxiety. ” – Tony Penikett >> 17:15: Part of the healing process has got to be stories. And the telling of stories. And the fact that we now have young Indigenous writers and so forth telling and retelling the story and processes like the Truth and Reconciliation Commission are terribly important. – Tony Penikett In This Episode Tony’s WebsiteArctic CouncilTony’s Latest Book: Hunting the Northern CharacterWhitehorse Indian BandFirst Nations SummitJohn BurrowsRonald WrightThesis: The Gold Eaters by Ronald WrightWildlife ActThomas J. CourcheneSection 92 Powers Other Ways to Enjoy Northern Reality and Reconciliation Part 2: Season 1: Episode 3 Transcript The post Northern Reality and Reconciliation Part 2 appeared first on Porcupine Podcast.


19 Oct 2020

Rank #4

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Water and Reconciliation – CWRA Live Taping

CWRA Live Taping: Water and Reconciliation with Eric-Lorne Blais, Kerry-Ann Charles, and Natasha Overduin. This special live-taped episode of Porcupine Podcast features water experts Eric-Lorne Blais, Kerry-Ann Charles, and Natasha Overduin. These three take on difficult questions about Water and Reconciliation in front of a live audience at the Canadian Water Resources Association (CWRA) 2019 Conference. Special thanks to CWRA and Steve Braun. About Our Guests Eric-Lorne Blais Eric-Lorne Blais is a Principal Water Resource Scientist with Wood. where his primary focus is hydrologic and hydraulic analysis. He has been active in the field for over 40 years which has included positions in research, flood forecasting and consulting that have included projects in 7 provinces and all the territories of Canada. These have encompassed a broad spectrum of how water impacts, or is impacted by human activity, including water supply, flooding, and environmental impacts. A significant portion of his work has been in analyzing flooding in First Nation Communities with a focus on how the basin hydrology may have been altered by land use changes, drainage, and the operation of water management projects. His experience includes being the technical expert on the Lake Manitoba Regulation Review Advisory Committee which attempted to reach consensus on the management of Lake Manitoba and reduce the flood impact on downstream First Nation Communities. Eric has also been the national Chair for the Canadian Society for the Hydrological Sciences and has a network of friends across Canada to provide perspective on the complexities of water management projects.  Kerry-Ann Charles Kerry-Ann Charles is a member of the Chippewas of Georgina Island First Nation and is the Co-ordinator of Lands and Climate Change for Cambium Indigenous Professional Services (CIPS). Kerry Ann was proud to serve her Community for over 17 years including a term as Councillor. She has worked on by-law development, waste management, housing and most recently environmental project co-ordination and management. For eight years she was responsible for researching and developing funding proposals which helped build and sustain the First Nations Environment Department. She has had great success in initiating and building relationships with various Environmental organizations, developing partnerships to co-ordinate and carry out various environmental activities as well as promoting education and community involvement in Environmental Health within her community. As a result of this work, Kerry Ann has gained International recognition and has been asked to speak across Canada, in the US and Mexico in the area of indigenous perspectives on Environmental Stewardship as well as Climate Change Adaptation.Kerry Ann’s wide range of career experiences give her a unique perspective that can be very valuable when assisting other communities wishing to find their balance of operations and environmental stewardship. – Kerry-Ann Charle’s LinkedIn Profile Natasha Overduin Natasha Overduin is the Program Manager for the British Columbia Water Governance Program at the Centre for Indigenous Environmental Resources (CIER). Launched in 2017, the B.C. Water Governance Program is delivered in partnership by CIER and the POLIS Water Sustainability Project. The program supports Indigenous and non-Indigenous governments and organizations in their efforts to advance watershed co-governance.Prior to working with CIER, Natasha spent four years working as a researcher and coordinator at POLIS. During that time, she gained a diverse breadth of experience working with non-profit organizations, communities, and all levels of government. Most of her work focused on supporting groups to self-organize, build capacity, and strengthen leadership for resolving local water issues.– Natasha Overduin’s Profile on The Polis Project In This Episode Canadian Water Resources AssociationCanadian Society for the Hydrological SciencesChippewas of Georgina Island First NationCambium AboriginalCenter for Indigenous Environmental ResourcesPOLIS InstituteDefinition of fluvial geomorphologyTruth and Reconciliation Calls to ActionThe Toronto Fire CouncilLittle Embers Eric, Natasha, and Kerry-Ann Say: >> (08:04): I can only think of it on a very human basis. That is to say, you know, you’ve harmed someone or someone has been harmed. And the person who did the harming has to somehow make up for what they’ve done wrong. And the person who’s been harmed has to see it as adequate. Now there’s two parts of that. The person who did the harm also has to be the one who can acknowledge what they did. And it’s like when you come home and your wife is angry at you. You say, ‘Oh, I’m sorry.’ And she goes, ‘Tell me what, you’re sorry for.’ – Eric-Lorne Blais >>15:18: “Take my home province. There’s hardly a drop of water that hasn’t been touched by some process, some reservoir, some control structure. And the values that were put on that water when it was touched is not necessarily the ones we’d put on it, if we were looking at it from the broader environmental humanistic experience.” – Eric-Lorne Blais >> 17:45: “We are always drawn to water. It’s always what we want to see and have around us. I think it is somewhere where we can find some commonality and common ground. And I think it’s very, very powerful. And if we’re going to fix any of our water issues, we have to be able to work together.” – Natasha Overduin >> 18:18: “I think being able to connect with water and having everybody be able to connect with water would be an awesome place to start reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous.” – Kerry-Ann Charles >>19:51: I think it’s just as easy as coming back to keeping it simple. Water gives life and water also takes life away. – Kerry-Ann Charles Other Ways to Enjoy the CWRA Live Taping: Water and Reconciliation Season 1, Episode 4: Live Taping, Water and Reconciliation Transcript The post Water and Reconciliation – CWRA Live Taping appeared first on Porcupine Podcast.


19 Oct 2020

Rank #5

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The Role of Indigenous Taxation in Reconciliation

The Role of Indigenous Taxation in Reconciliation with Chief Commissioner Manny Jules Michael and Merrell-Ann sit down with Chief Commissioner Manny Jules from the First Nations Tax Commission. They discuss how taxes play a role in reconciliation. Manny explains why he embraces the word “tax.” He also talks about how the Chinook Jargon word “taksis” dates back hundreds of years. About Our Guest Manny Jules Manny Jules was Chief of Kamloops Indian Band for 16 years, within which time he made great strides for aboriginal people. In 1974 he was elected councillor of Kamloops Indian Band for the first time, and in 1984 he was elected Chief. He is a distinguished First Nation leader and innovator who has devoted over 30 years of his life to First Nations entrepreneurship and self-government. Manny has created opportunities for First Nations’ people in business and has furthered the goal of self-government.As a co-founding member of the Shuswap Nation Tribal Council Manny had pushed for the passing of Bill C-115, the only First Nations led amendment to the Indian Act. He was also responsible by repatriating through purchase and negotiated settlement 45,000 acres of alienated Kamloops Indian Band reserve lands, and driving the passage in 1988 of Bill C-115, also known as “the Kamloops Amendment.”In 1989, Manny Jules was appointed as the first chairperson of the Indian Taxation Advisory Board and was reappointed twice. As well as these achievements, Manny Jules also co-founded the Centre for Municipal-Aboriginal Relations which led to the making of the First Nation Finance Authority and the Financial Management Board and Statistics.After retiring as band chief in 2000, Manny turned his attention to creating First Nations fiscal institutions. Manny is still active, having recently being involved in the development of Bill C-19, the First Nation fiscal and statistical management act.In 2003, he became lead spokesperson for the First Nation Fiscal Institutions Initiative and focused on leading Bill C-19, the First Nation Fiscal and Statistical Management Act. Aboriginal people throughout Canada and elsewhere have benefited greatly from Manny Jules’s pioneering leadership, commitment and innovation in First Nation legislation, self-government and entrepreneurship.– IndigenousEcon.org In This Episode First Nations Tax CommissionIndigenousEcon.org – The Alliance for Renewing Indigenous EconomiesChinook JargonChinook NationTreaty of OregonCity of KamloopsNatural Resources Transfer ActChief Lawrence PaulWhite Paper Consultation in 1968Indian ActKamloops AmendmentFirst Nations need Cannabis Tax Jurisdiction Manny. Says: >> 00:20: “I embrace the word ‘tax’ – it’s not controversial for me.” >> 03:32: “And so we understood the word taxes. We, spelled it a little bit differently. T A K S I S.” >> 18:40 “That gave me the inspiration that we, if we start building stuff on our own to help our economy, that’s going to change everything. That means we’ll be able to build infrastructure, business-ready infrastructure, potable water, sewer systems. You know, if we want to build a hospital, why build one, we can build a hundred, those kinds of things. “ Other ways to Enjoy The Role of Indigenous Taxation in Reconciliation Season 1, Episode 5: Transcript The post The Role of Indigenous Taxation in Reconciliation appeared first on Porcupine Podcast.


19 Oct 2020

Rank #6

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Indigenous Economics and Reconciliation

Indigenous Economics and Reconciliation with André Le Dressay How have economics affected Indigenous Canadians? How do you bring First Nation governments into the regional economy? These are just a few of the questions that Merrell-Ann and Michael ask André Le Dressay, the Director at the Tulo Centre of Indigenous Economics. About Our Guest André Le Dressay Andre has been the Director of Fiscal Realities since its incorporation in 1992. André has significant experience with First Nation governments, financial modeling, education, and database design. He has written numerous academic and consulting reports in his areas of expertise: transaction costs, economic impact assessments, First Nation tax systems, and institutional analysis. André holds a PH.D. in Economics from Simon Fraser University. – Fiscal Realities In This Episode Tulo Centre of Indigenous EconomicsFiscal Realities Collaborative Leadership InitiativeFirst Nation Tax CommissionSeason 1, Episode 5: Taxation and Reconciliation with Manny Jules André Says: >> 02:25: On the Mission of the Tulo Centre of Indigenous Economics: “Well, it’s, it was based on an observation, a piece of research that we completed in 1998 that showed that the cost of doing business on First Nation lands was four to six times higher than it was anywhere else.” – André Le Dressay >>03:27: “One of the difficulties we have is we take words and give them the meaning that we want to apply. And reconciliation is one of the most difficult words to, for anyone to appreciate, because of course it’s used, it’s used quite often in relationships, right? That have gone bad.” – André Le Dressay >>03:57: So you have 150 years of economic injustice. And so reconciliation has to be the process of bringing Indigenous governments back into the, into the economy. – André Le Dressay >> 12:47: “I know this is an odd thing for an economist to say, but economics is one of the most romantic philosophies there are.” – André Le Dressay >>13:19: “Economics is a romance language.” – Merrell-Ann Phare >>15:43: “A little while ago, for instance, Starbucks made everyone go through diversity training because of something that was said in a Starbucks and it was a very offensive. And it brought all these people in to close to every Starbucks across the United States to go to diversity training. And It didn’t work….So when you think of what can Canadians do, or what can we, all of us do to do this? This is a very simple answer.” – André Le Dressay The Challenge Before Us >> 16:35: “One of the challenges that First Nations in Manitoba face is with the provincial government. And the reason they face a challenge with the provincial government is because the Manitoba provincial government is on the fiscal edge.  They have the largest Indigenous population in Canada. And they have quite an aging non-Indigenous population. So they have two phenomenons. They have a rising cost of healthcare. And the Indigenous poverty means that they have a higher cost associated with poverty and less, lower revenues. So that’s like a fiscal catastrophe in the making, potentially.  And so they have two choices. They can try to extract more revenue out of poor people, which never works well. And ultimately just makes people poor, right? Or they can grow their economy. Well, now they have a real choice to make. What’s the best way to grow the Manitoba economy?” – André Le Dressay Other Ways To Enjoy Indigenous Economics and Reconciliation Episode 6 Transcript The post Indigenous Economics and Reconciliation appeared first on Porcupine Podcast.


19 Oct 2020

Rank #7

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Sports and Reconciliation

In this episode, Patti-Kay Hamilton talks about how sports can affect reconciliation in Canada’s beautiful north. She shares personal experiences of competing and coaching in the Arctic Winter Games and her time working with CBC North. (Images from Patti-Kay Hamilton.) See more photos from Patti-Kay Hamilton on her YouTube channel. About Our Guest Patti-Kay Hamilton is the author of Trapline to Deadline: Trading a Skinning Knife for a CBC Microphone. It is about how a dog race changed her life and led to a 30-year career at CBC North. After retirement Hamilton won the Canada Writes creative non-fiction prize for The Hunter and the Swan. Her work has been translated and published in Belgium and Canadianfolk singer; Ian Tyson is adapting her storyinto song.Currently, she is working on a children’s story based on an ancient family legendand a collection of short fiction that takes place in Wood Buffalo National Park. In her spare time Hamilton coaches NWT ski and snowshoe biathletes. Patti-Kay lives in Fort Smith. Patti-Kay Says: >> 02:19: “I could not leave the North. I fell in love with it and fell in love with the people.” >>(03:25): I phoned the manager at CBC and kind of ranted about their lack of coverage of Northern events. And for me, personal interest in dog mushing, nothing on a dog race where they had no trouble talking about Martina Navratilova, winning a tennis match. >> (07:18): And this is what he said: ‘Sport is huge in the little communities. Some of the best players I’ve seen in my life are from the communities and might never get a chance to take their skills somewhere else, unless they have proper tools. I remember as kids, how much fun we had playing floor hockey. If we had been given some things nice to use the, these people might’ve been NHL players, NHL players could’ve come out of Fort Good Hope, if they were given the means, if they were given the means,’ he said, ‘and we fail to do that over and over again.’ >> (08:16): We hear people talking eloquently about suicide and drugs, well sport and culture are two of the gateways that can help people out of the darkness. >> 12:45: “These were kids who’d come off traplines where they hauled water, chopped wood, snared, rabbits, and somehow these people saw it as an advantage over the privileged athletes who had expensive gear and skilled coaches.” >> 19:29: I was told by my late mother-in-law, Mary Cadieux, that a story is a gift that needs to be shared. So she gifted me with a lot of stories and I share those stories and every story has a little scary moment, but always an important lesson   >>((29:58): There can’t be a law that says you must now reconcile. You have to be moved deeply to do that. >>(30:38): My husband is a fourth generation residential school person. So it’s around us. It’s part of us. It affects our relationships with people, our workplace, our elections. But I think in the South, it’s maybe not as visible. And that’s where the media could play a role. The impression I get when I’m in the South visiting family, friends, they kind of have washed their hands of it. Whoosh. We did a TRC. They came out with 94 recommendations. Poof, it’s done, off the checklist. Now let’s move on to something else.  >> (35:06): And they carried themselves with so much pride. Their snow shoes were just clicking and, and these beautiful beaded moccasins. And you could see the pride in their faces and the pride in the families and their community’s faces. And that was wonderful.  In This Episode CBCCBC NorthCBC Archives: The Pope Not Arriving in Fort Simpson Patti-Kay’s Book: Trapline to Deadline’s Facebook PagePorcupine Podcast Episode: Dylan JonesRichard Wagamese’s book Indian HorseThe Test Program: The Finest Spring Skiing In the WorldTRC ReportArctic Winter GamesAboriginal Sports Circle,Street signs in 4 languages popping up in Fort SmithNorth American Indigenous Games Other Ways to Enjoy Sports and Reconciliation: Season 1, Episode 7 Transcript The post Sports and Reconciliation appeared first on Porcupine Podcast.


19 Oct 2020

Rank #8

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Indigenous Law, Consent, and Reconciliation

Bruce McIvor is the Principal of First People’s Law. He sits down with Merrell-Ann and Michael to discuss different aspects of Indigenous law. They tackle questions like ‘what are the differences between a chief and a hereditary chief?’ and ‘What is Indigenous Law and how is it different from Aboriginal law?’ Also, how can we best move forward? And Why is land rights so important? About Our Guest Dr. Bruce McIvor, lawyer and historian, is principal of First Peoples Law Corporation, a law firm dedicated to defending and advancing Aboriginal title, Aboriginal rights and Treaty rights. His work includes both litigation and negotiation on behalf of Indigenous Peoples. Bruce is recognized nationally and internationally as a leading practitioner of Aboriginal law in Canada.Bruce is dedicated to public education. He recently published the third edition of his collection of essays entitled First Peoples Law: Essays in Canadian Law and Decolonization. He is also an Adjunct Professor at the University of British Columbia’s Allard School of Law where he teaches the constitutional law of Aboriginal and Treaty rights.Bruce is a proud Métis from the Red River in Manitoba. He holds a law degree, a Ph.D. in Aboriginal and environmental history, and is a Fulbright Scholar.Bruce McIvor’s Bio – First People’s Law In This Episode First Peoples LawWet’suwet’en and the proposed pipelineIndian ActAboriginal title land2014 Supreme Court of Canada Tsilhqot’in decisionThe Federal Recognition of Rights PolicyReconciliation Commission Call to Action Number 46Haida decision Bruce Says: >> (07:13): There’s not one in Indigenous law, different Indigenous peoples across country have their own laws. And just like with the traditional governance system, those laws existed and predate the colonization of what we now referred to as Canada. So when people are talking about Indigenous law, they’re talking about Indigenous peoples’ own laws, and they’re different, of course, all depending who you’re talking to and who you’re dealing with. >> (10:06) At the heart of it, it’s about who gets to decide how the land should be used. And this is a fundamental question, not just in BC, but across the country that Indigenous peoples deal with on a daily basis. Who gets to decide, how their lands should be used. >>(14:01): So if you really want to provide a useful, important service for your clients, it’s not just about zero sum games. It’s not just about confrontation. It’s about getting people together and finding the right conversation. And lawyers can play a really important role in doing that. And personally, that’s a big part of my work across country is trying to have the right conversations. >>(25:27): This is one of, one of the great ironies is that you’ll have a lot of politicians, Canadians be very proud of how Aboriginal law has developed in Canada. These are all the fundamental principles, when you step back and think who’s borne the weight, borne the responsibility for that? It’s Indigenous people. They’ve borne the cost. It’s not government or industry going off to court filing these cases. It’s Indigenous people, putting their resources iandn time in to it. >>(29:42): There’s that history of colonialism. It’s not part of the past, it’s part of it’s part of the current day mentality. Other Ways to Enjoy Indigenous Law, Consent, and Reconciliation Episode 8 Transcript The post Indigenous Law, Consent, and Reconciliation appeared first on Porcupine Podcast.


19 Oct 2020

Rank #9

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Hip-Hop and Reconciliation

Rapper Crook The Kid, also known as Dylan Jones talks with Merrell-Ann and Michael about his music, music in general, and how it connects to reconciliation. He talks about growing up, writing down lyrics as a teenager, and how he knew this is the career he wanted. and shares lyrics relevant to reconciliation.  About Our Guest Crook The Kid, born Dylan Jones, hails from Fort Good Hope, a subarctic community of about 400 people in northern Northwest Territories, 500 kilometres north of Yellowknife and about 10 kilometres below the Arctic Circle. Jones’s journey from the Arctic Circle to Bluesfest began in 2017 when Ottawa’s Erin Benjamin, president and chief executive of the Canadian Live Music Association, travelled to Yellowknife to mentor young artists, and was matched with Crook The Kid. Blown away by his craft and his story, she arranged for him to spend time in Ottawa around the time of Westfest, where he connected with the Ottawa Indigenous rapper, Cody Coyote. Jones began writing as a way to process his upbringing. “Growing up in a shack essentially with almost nothing, being on the land, I channelled it into music,” he said, “And it helped me in a situation where there wasn’t anybody to talk to about a really aggressive upbringing. With that, I told my story and decided I felt better, and when I started to show other friends, they really latched on to itRead Dylan’s Whole Story in the Ottawa Citizen Crook The Kid Says: >> (16:51): Where I’m from, your home is a horizon. The streets are paved with stone, riddled with violence. Where I’m from your life is what you make it. And you can have what you want long as you take it.  >> (20:14): I feel that reconciliation is the ability to stop talking when another group is and allow them to speak their voice and live their truth, regardless of how it may affect your emotion. >> (35:45): There was a lot of people who were just encountering their own hardships and there was a lot of parents and a lot of people still caught in the midst of really overcoming the, whether it be residential school or whether it be addiction or whether it be this, or it was a very tumultuous time in the history of Fort Good Hope.  I feel like people, if they listen to it, they’re not listening for fancy production values or what effect I used on my voice or anything. I feel like, well, I hope that they’re listening to the story.  In This Episode Crook the Kid on SpotifyCrook The Kid on Reverb Nation Other Ways to Enjoy Hip-Hop and Reconciliation Episode 10 Transcript The post Hip-Hop and Reconciliation appeared first on Porcupine Podcast.


19 Oct 2020

Rank #10