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ReVision Quest

 

ReVision Quest

ReVision Quest is a convention-breaking radio show, hosted by Shuswap comedian Darrell Dennis, that explodes myths about Aboriginal life, and explores what it means to be First Nations in Canada today through story-telling, interviews and comedy.

Updated: Wednesdays
Download episodes from this podcast for: 6 months
Visit Show Site: http://www.cbc.ca/revisionquest/

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Climate change and wildfires

Wildfires are putting the residents of Prince Albert, Saskatchewan at risk as climate change creates warmer and drier conditions.

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A handbag out of dead cat?

Artist and taxidermist Claire Third created this "glamourpuss" purse from a dead cat she found on the side of the road.

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Connecting with Alzheimer's

Hear how to build a meaningful loving relationship with someone who has Alzheimer's disease.

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Big Tobacco fights Canada's plain packaging plans.

Cigarette packaging is about to lose volume in the U.K. and in France. And Canada is moving closer to parallel these regulations.

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ReVision Quest looks at Oka: 20 Years Later-PODCAST

We look back at one of the defining moments of Aboriginal/ Canadian relations. Oka led to near civil war within Canada, and resulted in tremendous changes in relations between Canadians and the country’s first peoples. The Royal Commission on Aboriginal P

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ReVision Quest looks at Native Health and the H1N1-PODCAST

The numbers are shocking: if you are First Nations living in Manitoba this year, it’s 6 times more likely that you got sick with the H1N1 virus. Are Native peoples more susceptible? Or, does this just demonstrate the state of Native health and healthcare

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ReVision Quest looks at Work-PODCAST

Host Darrell Dennis goes to work on "work." From high unemployment to low expectations, he looks at the harsh realities and persistent misconceptions that greet aboriginal people in the workforce. Always on the job, Darrell learns about the pre-contact wo

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ReVision Quest looks at Natives in the Military-PODCAST

Darrell wonders: why so many Aboriginal men and women enlist to serve a country that has disenfranchised them? He also talks to some vets about the country they returned to after fighting overseas, and to aboriginal soldiers shipping out to Afghanistan.

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ReVision Quest looks at Truth and Reconciliation-PODCAST

That’s the premise, but can re-telling the story of our residential school past really bring solace? We’ll hear stories of survivors and engage in some provocative conversations about stealing children, abandoning parents, and trying to make it all alrig

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ReVision Quest Two Spirited-PODCAST

Ever hear someone being called an aagookwe? Nadle? Or how about winkte? Perhaps not in recent times, but what about Two Spirited? When it comes to Aboriginal gays, lesbians, and transgendered people in North America, their story departs from the mainstre

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ReVision Quest looks at The Metis-PODCAST

When Riel Day was declared in Manitoba in 2007, it was greeted with both applause and derision. Some seeing him as a Metis hero, and some as a traitor who instigated a Metis rebellion against the nation of Canada. Seems the Metis can still cause a stir.

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ReVision Quest looks at the idea of the Real Indian-PODCAST

As an Aboriginal actor, Darrell Dennis is curious about the Hollywood image of the Native American Indian. In particular, he wonders about the wild savage dressed in buckskin and beads, and the Indian princess with the pure heart and the long, straight

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ReVision Quest The Fighting Sioux: Battles over the Brand-PODCAST

Now that the Blackhawks have the Stanley Cup once again, it seems unlikely they’ll consider a name change. But, many sports teams with Aboriginal names have. In North Dakota it means jack-hammering the Fighting Sioux logo out of the concrete at the stadiu

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ReVision Quest looks at Reserves-PODCAST

If you focus on news reports, it’s easy to get the impression that reserves in this country are all parceled lands of poverty, inequity, and vice, run by incompetent, corrupt Aboriginals. Darrell Dennis knows the truth is a little more complicated than

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ReVision Quest looks at Religion-PODCAST

Jesus vs Nanabush. Darrell looks at religion and native people, exploring some of their different Traditional beliefs, the relationship between Christianity and many native people, and why the two aren’t necessarily incompatible. Why did Residential Schoo

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ReVision Quest looks at Parenting-PODCAST

Two years after the government apologized for taking native children away from their families, why are we still taking native kids away from their families? And, on the flip side, why are so many horrific incidents of child abuse still happening in Native

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ReVision Quest looks at Bering Strait-PODCAST

Revision Quest is the show that looks back on Canada’s native history in order to kick some assumptions about the present. And this week, the show takes a kick at one of the biggies: the idea that native Canadians are just transplanted Russians who hiked

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ReVision Quest looks at Storytellers-PODCAST

Do you remember the one about…? Storyteller Duncan Mercredi does. He joins Darrell along this journey into the past to see how today’s storytellers have evolved and why our stories remain alive. Plus, why hip hop star Joey Stylez is considered a storytell

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ReVision Quest looks at Missing Women-PODCAST

Conservative estimates of the number of missing and murdered Aboriginal women in Canada are around 580, but some say there are as many as 3,000. So why is this issue mostly ignored by the general public? Are Canadians really that indifferent to our Indige

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ReVision Quest looks at Language-PODCAST

We Canadians are learning Aboriginal words all the time. Words like Canada, Winnipeg, Toronto, and Trickster. On Revision Quest, host Darrell Dennis talks with language experts, and Sesame Street’s Grover, and travels through time, to find out if Aborig

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ReVision Quest looks at Labels-PODCAST

I know you can say Indian, but what can I call you? Is it First Nations, Aboriginal, Indigenous, Natives? It all depends on whom you ask, but the results can get pretty political. National Chief Phil Fontaine explains how the legal definition of “Indian”

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ReVision Quest looks at Indianthusiasts-PODCAST

Darrell introduces listeners to a movement of thousands of “German Hobby Indians” who admire First Nations culture so much... they dress up like natives on weekends. Darrell finds out why German people are more interested in North American Indians than ar

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ReVision Quest looks at Humour-PODCAST

Many Aboriginals talk about the “Native sense of humour”. So, what is it? Well, you kind of had to be there. And that’s what we’ll do; take the listener into the inner-world of native humour. For a group of people that may seem serious to the outsider, th

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ReVision Quest looks at Housing-PODCAST

While history books and movies have romanticized Aboriginal homes (think teepees and longhouses), the modern day reality is overcrowding and substandard living conditions. How did our home and native land turn into a place where we're struggling to secure

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ReVision Quest looks at Hair-PODCAST

From the days of pre-contact right up to the Hollywood westerns, long hair has identified Aboriginal people right across North America. While it's effectively the most visual stereotype of our people, today wearing long hair symbolizes an ancient bond to

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ReVision Quest looks at Gangs-PODCAST

Darrell debunks the myth that all young Aboriginal men are gang members. Yes, a problem exists but let’s put it in perspective. There are 1.2 million Aboriginal people in Canada, half of those under the age of 24, so how many native gang members are re

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ReVision Quest looks at Gambling-PODCAST

Can legalized gambling pull the Rez out of the cycle of poverty and despair, or will it just replace the old cycle with a new one? As you’ll discover, this isn’t the first time gambling has played an important role in native life, and probably won’t be t

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ReVision Quest looks at Elders-PODCAST

It’s one of the most revered roles in Aboriginal culture, so how does someone become an elder? Darrell sits down with several First Nations people who describe their role as unofficial life

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ReVision Quest looks at Education-PODCAST

Indians all get free education, right? Afraid not. There's a great many conditions that come with that 'free' education. And, what are the odds that someone from an isolated reserve in the northern edges of our provinces will be able to survive the strain

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ReVision Quest looks at Cultural Assimilation-PODCAST

Is Affirmative Action the model for all things native? From music awards to education, First Nations get their own categories. Darrell finds out if the move to be inclusive is just creating a new way of compartmentalizing Aboriginals. After all, shouldn’t

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ReVision Quest looks at Alcohol-PODCAST

Why is it when Irish people drink, it’s cute…but when Aboriginal people drink, they’re alcoholics who can’t handle their liquor? Darrell Dennis explores the myths and realities behind alcohol and the Aboriginal community with surprising results. It’

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ReVision Quest looks at Aboriginals and the Police-PODCAST

After spending half an hour in the back of a Winnipeg police car, Darrell wonders about the relationship between police officers and Aboriginal people in Canada. What kinds of prejudices do police have against Native people? Is there good reason for Poli

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ReVision Quest looks at Aboriginals and the Olympics-PODCAST

It’s every athlete’s dream, but why is it so rarely a reality for Aboriginal peoples. For a group of people known for athletic prowess, natives seem extremely under-represented in sports that they should excel at: track, cross country skiing, and many oth

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ReVision Quest looks at Aboriginals and Free Stuff-PODCAST

Native Canadians get everything for free. Or, so the myth goes. This week on ReVision Quest, host Darrell Dennis puts that theory to the test. Can he really get free glasses, free tuition, or even a free truck just for being Aboriginal. And if not, wher

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ReVision Quest looks at the Urban Indian-PODCAST

More than half of Canada's Aboriginal population lives in cities. And according to a recent study, many have no plans to return to their reserves. Why are we leaving the rez behind? And what else are we leaving behind when we go? Does leaving the rez make

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ReVision Quest looks at Hunting and Fishing-PODCAST

Aboriginal people enjoy special hunting and fishing rights, based on their traditional practices. Have they exploited those rights, or have they had to fight to protect them? With the help of a guide (okay, a lawyer), host Darrell Dennis hunts through

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ReVision Quest looks at Diabetes-PODCAST

On this issue, Aboriginals are #1! Yay. Oops. I mean Boo. Yes, Native people lead the country in many health problems. Is it just poor living conditions? Statistics indicate there’s a lot more going on than that. 50 years ago Diabetes was virtually unk

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ReVision Quest Indian Arts and Crafts-PODCAST

When people think of Aboriginal art, they often imagine soapstone carvings, Inuit paintings and beadwork. But Aboriginal artists are also creating internationally-renowned work that’s provocative, ironic, and controversial. Darrell meets some modern arti

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ReVision Quest Eco Warrior vs Eco Developer-PODCAST

The iconic image of the Native warrior standing up against the developers is now part of our national experience, be it Oka, Clayoquot Sound, or Burnt Church. But, who makes a stand when it’s the Natives themselves logging the forest, and mining the hills

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ReVision Quest looks at Water-PODCAST

Clean drinking water is supposed to be available to everyone in Canada. But too often Aboriginal communities are under boil water advisories or lack the infrastructure to have clean water in the first place. So what can we do about our H2O woes?

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