The art post outpost: From Indigenous rights to Dungeons & Dragons

Your weekly roundup of can't-miss arts stories from across the CBC network.

Your weekly roundup of can't-miss arts stories from across the CBC network

Here at CBC Arts, you won't just find our original content — we also bring you the best art posts from across the entire CBC network.

These are the week's can't-miss stories from coast to coast:

Secret Path illustrator Jeff Lemire helped Gord Downie bring Chanie Wenjack's story to life (Day 6)

As the country prepared to watch Secret Path last weekend, the project's illustrator Jeff Lemire joined Day 6 host Brent Bambury to reflect on why Chanie Wenjack's story resonated so deeply with both himself and Gord Downie — and how he hopes it will resonate just as deeply with other Canadians. "Until we wake up and start to communicate with one another better," Lemire told Bambury emphatically, "there's no way to move forward."

'Truth gets to people' in Kenora, Ont., 'the town that hardly noticed' Chanie Wenjack's death (CBC Thunder Bay)

If the premiere of Secret Path forced the country to begin confront harsh truths about Canada's residential school history, there is perhaps nowhere where its impact was more felt than the city where Chanie Wenjack's school once was. Residents of Kenora, Ontario came together for a public screening of the film, where residential school survivors joined community members who knew next to nothing about the atrocities that had taken place only decades before in the small town.

Andrew Henderson dies days after his living funeral (CBC Manitoba)

Remember the Manitoba man with terminal cancer who was planning a performance art piece as his living funeral? He held his final performance last Sunday — and passed away just days later. But speaking with CBC Manitoba while preparing for the performances, he was clear about one thing: "I feel free."

A Tribe Called Red on pushing Indigenous music and issues to the forefront (q)

Fresh off the release of their new record We Are The Halluci Nation, A Tribe Called Red joined new q host Tom Power in studio to talk about why right now is a watershed moment in Canadian history. With the country seeming to finally be ready for an honest conversation about Indigenous rights, there's something new beyond the colonialism and oppression that the DJ trio has always known was there: hope.

Why Dungeons & Dragons is a source of female empowerment (The 180)

A game like Dungeons & Dragons has its stereotypes: "nerds and guys and basements," as The 180 host Jim Brown puts it. But writer and critic — and CBC Arts contributor — Tina Hassannia sees the beloved roleplaying game in a different light. She chatted with Brown about the ways that she finds feminism and empowerment in the world of D&D.

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