Unreservedwith Rosanna Deerchild


Earth Day: Indigenous scientists, academics and community members take the lead in environmental causes

From reframing the idea of "invasive species" to climate change research grants from NASA, today, we're talking about the health of the planet from Indigenous perspectives.

How an Indigenous academic is harnessing local knowledge to fight for land sovereignty

In Hartley Bay, on British Columbia's northwest coast in the Great Bear Rainforest, local Indigenous knowledge and environmental stewardship is being paired with Western science and academics to document the history of land use in the Gitga'at First Nation.

Indigenous college uses NASA grant to bridge traditional knowledge and Western science

Living Landscapes is a project that aims to bridge Indigenous knowledge and Western science to help monitor climate change and its effects. The online curriculum for high school and college students that combines Indigenous knowledge and Western science is currently being developed by Salish Kootenai College.

Indigenous environmental justice works to turn long-standing stewardship into recognized governance

A growing number of academics and legal professionals are finding ways for Indigenous communities to have their long-standing laws recognized in a broader context.

Longread: Consultation, permission and Indigenous protocol

The books, Who Took My Sister? by Shannon Webb-Campbell and In Case I Go by Angie Abdou, have sparked conversations of who can tell Indigenous stories.

'We've definitely made mistakes in the past': Incorporating Indigenous protocols in publishing

The complexities of publishing Indigenous stories and following Indigenous protocols is a hot topic in the publishing world, one that people are still trying to navigate.

'A long learning process': Author reflects on controversy after writing a fictional Indigenous character

While writing her novel, In Case I Go, Angie Abdou knew she needed to consult with the Ktunaxa Nation about the book's characters and content. Despite going through an extensive consultation process, Abdou found herself in the middle of controversy after the book was published.

'It's important to challenge these narratives': MMIWG family member takes issue with book, Who Took My Sister?

Delilah Saunders was shocked to read a poem about the murder of her sister Loretta Saunders in a book called, Who Took My Sister? by Mi’kmaq writer Shannon Webb-Campbell.

Who gets to tell Indigenous stories?

This week on Unreserved, authors and publishers weigh in on who can tell Indigenous stories.

Sensitivity readers spot racism, stereotypes before books are published

One way authors and publishers are getting deeper insight and feedback about their work is by hiring sensitivity readers.

Regina graffiti artist's mural brings Tina Fontaine's story to New Zealand

Emily Gardner sees herself in the story of Tina Fontaine. The graffiti artist was inspired to paint a mural in Auckland, New Zealand, dedicated to the 15-year-old girl from Sagkeeng First Nation.

The legacy of Tina Fontaine

This week on Unreserved, how Tina Fontaine lives on in the hearts and minds of people across the country and around the world.

Always happy, baking treats and caring for kids: How Thelma Favel remembers Tina Fontaine

Tina Fontaine was a bright, fun-loving kid. That’s how Thelma Favel wants people to remember her great-niece and the legacy that's being created in her memory.

'I know that I'm keeping somebody safe,' says Ikwe Safe Rides driver

Catching a taxi isn't typically seen as a dangerous thing. But according to many Indigenous women in Winnipeg, they are often faced with unwanted advances, comments and discrimination from taxi drivers.

Talking about Tina: 'When I was growing up, I needed those conversations and they weren't there'

Matthew Shorting, who is from the Little Saskatchewan First Nation, is a father and community justice worker in Winnipeg. He works with youth who have been impacted by Child and Family Services (CFS) and the justice system. He understands their stories because, like them, he grew up in the child welfare system.

First Nations youth perform Highway of Tears song at MMIWG national inquiry

"We all know someone who is affected by this highway," says one of the youth from the 'Na Aksa Gyilak'yoo School in Kitsumkalum, B.C., who performed their song about the Highway of Tears before the national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls.

Life after A Tribe Called Red: Ian Campeau focused on farming, family and moving forward

Not many people walk away from a band at the height of its popularity, but that's exactly what Ian Campeau, a former member of A Tribe Called Red did. In October 2017, Campeau announced he was leaving the band in a tweet.

Ian Campeau picks favourite tunes from William Prince, Beyoncé, Leikeli47 and A Tribe Called Red

Even though Ian Campeau is no longer producing music, he’s still keeping his finger on the pulse of new music.

Turn it up: Unreserved celebrates Indigenous music makers

With the Juno Awards being handed out March 25, it seemed like the perfect time to celebrate Indigenous musicians from across the country.

Inuk singer Kelly Fraser finds inspiration in culture on Juno-nominated album Sedna

Kelly Fraser was inspired by contemporary singers like Pink and Rihanna to find her voice, but now the Inuk artist is looking to her family history and culture for a deeper connection.

Indigenous authors recommend books all Canadians should read

What do you do when you have a bunch of writers on the show? You ask them for book picks of course! This week we asked all our guests to answer the question: "If you could recommend a book by an Indigenous author that everyone in Canada should read, what would it be?"

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.

How Indigenous authors are claiming space in the CanLit scene

Pushing past the margins, Indigenous authors are making space for their voices and stories. This week on Unreserved, what is Indigenous literature, and is it part of the larger CanLit scene?

Indigenous writer calls out CanLit for lack of diversity

CanLit's lack of diversity isn't news to Alicia Elliott, a Tuscarora writer from Six Nations of the Grand River Territory. Elliott wrote a column titled, "CanLit is a Raging Dumpster Fire." Months later, she saw a listing for a literary panel at gritLIT, a literary festival in Hamilton, Ontario, that referenced her and her piece, but said she was not invited to appear as a panelist.

'Our literatures matter because we do,' says Indigenous author Daniel Heath Justice

In his book, Why Indigenous Literatures Matter, Daniel Heath Justice explores just that — what Indigenous literatures are and the importance of understanding and valuing them in all their forms.