Our Native Land
On Saturday afternoons for 21 years, dedicated listeners would "get their bannock and tea," and tune into CBC Radio for news from Our Native Land. The first - and so far only - national radio program focused on native issues and cultures, it chronicled the rejuvenation of native literature, art, culture and political activism beginning in 1965. Hosts included Johnny Yesno, Bernelda Wheeler, Albert Angus and Brian Maracle, who were part of the all-aboriginal production team.
One of the show's first hosts, Russell Moses, was a Delaware from the Six Nations reserve. He signed up for the navy two weeks after his 18th birthday, seeking adventure and opportunity. Moses served with the HCMS Iroquois during the Korean War and didn't mind military life. "Having been raised in a residential school, I found naval discipline wasn't as strict. And the food was better," Moses said in a 2006 newspaper interview. When he returned to Canada, Moses, sporting his navy uniform, was refused service at a beer hall just outside the Six Nations reserve because he was native. He called it "character building," saying "either you're able to deal with it, or you're not."
This edition is from October 1972, and looks at a project that looks at Metis identity and history, and then at Thanksgiving from an aboriginal perspective.