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Could you survive a zombie apocalypse on the rez?

Would you survive a zombie apocalypse? How about if you were living on the rez? That’s the topic of a panel discussion at this year’s Indigenous Comic Con in Albuquerque, N.M., hosted by the co-creators of the website A Tribe Called Geek.
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What would Superman look like if he was a Cree girl?

Winnipeg Indigenous filmmaker Sonya Ballantyne has always been drawn to the stories of superheroes because she sees parallels between their stories and the experiences of Indigenous people.

Indigenous trailblazers: legendary musicians, up and coming acts carving a path in the arts

Earlier this year, Rosanna was invited to the Megaphono Festival in Ottawa, to host a panel called Indigenous Trailblazers: Carving Paths Through Tradition.

From a school science fair to a career in STEM, Siobhan Dooley comes by her nerdiness naturally

Siobhan Dooley's childhood love of The Magic School Bus and Bill Nye The Science Guy led her to a career in STEM.
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Indiginerds rising: 'Nerds and geeks were marginalized, just like Indigenous people'

Culture columnist Jesse Wente isn't surprised by the connection between Indigenous nerds and nerd culture. "I think there's a natural attraction for folks that are absent or have been historically absent from popular culture, that they would gravitate toward where more marginalized people would tend to gather."

Zombies, superheroes, and STEM: Indiginerds unite!

From reimagining Superman as a Cree woman, to securing the rez for a potential zombie apocalypse, to promoting Indigenous people in STEM — this week’s show is all about Indiginerds!

Wolf Saga draws on surprising musical influences to create his electro-pop sound

Wolf Saga is the brainchild of Indigenous musician Johnny Saga, who is more influenced by the likes of David Bowie and Duran Duran, than traditional Indigenous music.

He's bringing Mohawk back: Musician Logan Staats wins first episode of CTV's The Launch

Musician Logan Staats from Six Nations of the Grand River Territory is fresh off his win on The Launch, a new TV show that gives Canadian singers a shot at stardom. His first single hit the top spot on iTunes in Canada, beating tracks by Ed Sheeran and Justin Timberlake.

Not just pow wow: the many genres and voices of Indigenous music

From rock, to soul, to electro pop, this week on Unreserved we explore the many genres and voices of Indigenous music.

'Fashion is like a language': Sage Paul tells difficult story with new collection

Sage Paul’s forthcoming clothing collection, Giving Life, tells an intimate story. The colours and fabrics remind Paul of her time spent in hospitals, and of the trauma of her miscarriages. “You can tell your secrets through fashion, and it’s not so vulnerable,” said the Toronto-based Dene designer.

Indigenous Fashion Week Toronto panel talks cultural appropriation

Earlier this month, some of the world's top Indigenous fashion designers shared their collections at the inaugural Indigenous Fashion Week Toronto. On top of showing collections, there were talks held throughout the week, including one called Cultural (In)Appropriation, which was recorded at the Studio Theatre, Harbourfront Centre, Toronto.

Concept of 'Indigenous luxury' challenges fashion stereotypes

Angela DeMontigny's new fashion line includes a midnight blue leather jacket. On the back, the collection's name, "Of The Stars" is written in silvery white embroidery in Cree syllabics. For DeMontigny, that was important to include so people could see the language.

Indigenous fashion looks beyond fringe, feathers and beads

Indigenous fashion designers are taking on the industry, and looking beyond fringe, feathers and beads. This week on Unreserved, the future of Indigenous fashion.

Bringing the music biz to the North: Jerry Cans launch Nunavut's first record label

Iqaluit-based band The Jerry Cans created Nunavut's very first record label with a specific goal in mind. To help other Northern acts navigate the music industry.

Art, representation and the importance of seeing yourself reflected in popular culture

Whether it's through comic books, music, or literature, Indigenous artists are finding their voice. This week on Unreserved, how Indigenous artists are reinforcing the presence of their own stories and characters in creative fields where they have often been left out.

Snowguard is Marvel Comics' new Inuk superhero from Nunavut

She wears a fur trimmed parka, with matching boots. And has traditional Inuit tattoos on her face and wrists. Amka Aliyak is a new Marvel comic superhero, and she’s a Inuk teen who goes by the name Snowguard.

Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan inspired Kristi Lane Sinclair to pick up a guitar

Fierce and feisty are two words used to describe Haida/Cree musician Kristi Lane Sinclair and her music. But it wasn't always like that. Sinclair recalled being a little girl hiding in her room with a guitar and a dream - a memory that inspired how she approached her new album - The Ability to Judge Distance.

Vancouver's first Indigenous poet laureate set to share the stories of the Musqueam people

Last year, as part of Vancouver's year of reconciliation, the city reached out to the local poetry scene to find the first ever Indigenous poet laureate. Christie Charles, who is a poet and raps under the name Miss Christie Lee, was awarded the prestigious title.
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Cherie Dimaline reaches young readers with futuristic, dystopian narrative rooted in Canadian history

The epidemic of youth suicide in Indigenous communities preyed on Cherie Dimaline's mind. But what could she — a writer — do to make a difference and to reach kids who might feel a little hopeless? Her solution: Write a novel where young, Indigenous people save the world.
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Seven Fallen Feathers: The story Tanya Talaga had to tell

In 2011, Toronto Star reporter Tanya Talaga went to Thunder Bay to write a story about why First Nation people were not voting in the federal election. But while in Thunder Bay she came across a more compelling, and important story: the deaths of seven First Nation children who were living in Thunder Bay to attend high school, which she would later turn into the book Seven Fallen Feathers.

Lee Maracle stormed CanLit stages to make sure her story was heard

With a career spanning four decades, Lee Maracle is one of the most prolific and respected Indigenous writers in Canada. But when she began her writing career in the 1970s, her voice and her stories were not recognized in the CanLit scene.

Unreserved Reads: Interviews with award-winning Indigenous authors

This week on Unreserved, we revisit conversations with three authors shortlisted for the Indigenous Literature Award, so you can get your summer reading lists ready.

Illustrating colonization: Painting the link between history and poor health outcomes for Indigenous patients

The images, and colours, are vivid. Bright greens, blues and pinks are contrasted against a black background. The artist, Lisa Boivin, is a member of the Deninu K'ue First Nation, NT. She is also a PhD student studying rehabilitation science at the faculty of medicine at the University of Toronto.

'It tells a truth that has been kept secret': Children of God brings residential school story to the stage

A modern musical that sheds light on the painful experience of residential schools has broken new ground in Indigenous Canadian theatre. Children of God was eight years in the making, and is the passion piece of Oji-Cree playwright and composer Corey Payette.

'I've come a long way': Beatrice Deer on moving past addiction, anxiety and anger

Writing her latest album, My All to You, was an emotional experience for Beatrice Deer. "I remember feeling that verbal expression is very limited but music is like 1,000 words coming out all at once and you're not even talking," Deer said.

Indigenous trailblazers: legendary musicians, up and coming acts carving a path in the arts

Earlier this year, Rosanna was invited to the Megaphono Festival in Ottawa, to host a panel called Indigenous Trailblazers: Carving Paths Through Tradition.

Lee Maracle stormed CanLit stages to make sure her story was heard

With a career spanning four decades, Lee Maracle is one of the most prolific and respected Indigenous writers in Canada. But when she began her writing career in the 1970s, her voice and her stories were not recognized in the CanLit scene.