This Place

This Place podcast, hosted by Rosanna Deerchild, explores 150 years of Indigenous resistance and resilience

This Place is available on CBC Listen and wherever you get your podcasts. Catch up online now!

This Place is available on CBC Listen and wherever you get your podcasts

This Place is a podcast hosted by Rosanna Deerchild. It premieres online on June 22 and on CBC Radio on June 29. (CBC, Natasha Donovan)

Rosanna Deerchild is hosting the new CBC Books podcast, This Place.

This Place is now available to follow on CBC Listen and wherever you get your podcasts. It will also be broadcast this summer on Sirius XM on Mondays at 4 p.m., Tuesdays on CBC Radio at 7:30 p.m. and Fridays at 1 p.m. on CBC Radio.

Based on the acclaimed graphic novel anthology, This Place is a 10-part journey through one-hundred and fifty years of Indigenous resistance and resilience. Through dramatizations and interviews, the series reveals the heroes, battles, triumphs and traditions which live outside and beyond the national story we have been taught. 1:32

Rosanna Deerchild on creating This Place

When I was first approached with the idea of turning a comic book into a podcast, I was curious to say the least. 

How do you turn a visual medium into an audio one? More specifically, how do you turn a graphic anthology about Canadian history into a podcast? And not just history, but stories about Indigenous resistance and resilience that many Canadians had not heard of before.

The source material is certainly intriguing. This Place: 150 Years Retold is a young adult graphic anthology, published in 2019 by Highwater Press. This award-winning collection paired Indigenous authors with illustrators to create 10 stories spanning 150 years of our shared history. 

Writers including Chelsea Vowel, Katherena Vermette and David A. Robertson created stunning depictions of heroes — like Métis matriarch Annie Bannatyne and war vet Francis Pegamahgabow — and gave us a peek into our future. 

Well, who could turn that opportunity down?

Produced by an all-Indigenous team, Eva Grant, Jacquie Black and me, Rosanna Deerchild, This Place is an original 10-part adaptation revealing Indigenous heroes, battles, triumphs and traditions which live outside and beyond the national story we have been taught. 

From the dusty streets of Red River Settlement to the trenches of war to the Pines of Oka and 150 years into our future, This Place will take you on an audio journey with me, Rosanna Deerchild, your time-guide storyteller. 

This Place is not just a retelling of Canadian history, it is a reclamation of Indigenous history.- Rosanna Deerchild

 

A mix of dramatization and author interviews, this podcast brings a new historical perspective of "this place" we call Canada to life.

This Place is not just a retelling of Canadian history, it is a reclamation of Indigenous history. 

These are our stories. Our stories tell us where we come from. They tell us how far we've come. And how far we still need to go.

We hope you take this journey with us. 


Episode 1: Annie of Red River

Annie Bannatyne was a formidable Métis business owner and important civic figure in Winnipeg who played an instrumental role in fundraising and founding the Winnipeg General Hospital. She also inspired a young Louis Riel with a public act of resistance — highlighted in this story. 27:26

This episode is now available as a podcast and will be broadcast the week of June 28.

Annie Bannatyne was a formidable Métis business owner and important civic figure in Winnipeg who played an instrumental role in fundraising and founding the Winnipeg General Hospital. She also inspired a young Louis Riel with a public act of resistance — highlighted in this story.

The comic was written by Katherena Vermette and illustrated by Scott B. Henderson, with colour by Donovan Yaciuk. The story was adapted by Rosanna Deerchild.

Episode 2: Tilted Ground

Author Sonny Assu explores the journey of his great-great-grandfather, Chief Billy Assu, who was one of the most respected and influential potlatch chiefs in Ligwilda’xw history. 27:26

This episode will be available as a podcast on June 29 and will be broadcast the week of July 5.

Author Sonny Assu explores the journey of his great-great-grandfather, Chief Billy Assu, who was one of the most respected and influential potlatch chiefs in Ligwilda'xw history.

The comic was written by Sonny Assu and illustrated by Kyle Charles, with colour by Scott A. Ford. The story was adapted by Rosanna Deerchild.

Episode 3: Red Clouds

The story of Wahsakapeequay, a woman who was believed to have been possessed by windigo and the spiritual leader and his brother who were charged with her murder. Inspired by the 1907 arrest of Jack Fiddler, also known as Zhauwuno-geezhigo-gaubow, and his brother Joseph for the alleged murder of a windigo. The story is told by Wahsakapeequay and the windigo. 27:45

This episode will be available as a podcast on July 6 and will be broadcast the week of July 12.

The story of Wahsakapeequay, a woman who was believed to have been possessed by windigo and the spiritual leader and his brother who were charged with her murder. Inspired by the 1907 arrest of Jack Fiddler, also known as Zhauwuno-geezhigo-gaubow, and his brother Joseph for the alleged murder of a windigo. The story is told by Wahsakapeequay and the windigo.

The comic was written by Jen Storm and illustrated and coloured by Natasha Donovan. The story was adapted by Jacquie Black.

Episode 4: Peggy

An Ojibwa from the Parry Island Band, Francis "Peggy" Pegahmagabow is one of the most decorated Indigenous soldiers in Canadian history. This story follows Peggy as he demonstrates bravery and skill on the battlefields of the First World War, only to return home and be denied fair treatment. 27:28

This episode will be available as a podcast on July 13 and will be broadcast the week of July 19.

Francis "Peggy" Pegahmagabow is the one of the most decorated Indigenous soldier in Canadian history. This story follows him as he survives the trenches at Ypres, reflecting on the Ojibway teachings which shaped him and the differences between how Indigenous peoples were treated on the battlefield compared to back home.

The comic was written by David A. Robertson and illustrated and coloured by Natasha Donovan. The story was adapted by Rosanna Deerchild.

Episode 5: Rosie

Set in the early 1940s in Foxe Basin, Nunavut, "Rosie" is a nod to shamanism — a secret history of Inuit. A young Inuk girl is aided by her Watcher, a spirit protector, in claiming her place in the world through the many names given to her. 26:25

This episode will be available as a podcast on July 20 and will be broadcast the week of July 26.

A coming-of-age story that follows an Inuit girl as she grows into her role as one of the aangakkuit (shamans).

The comic was written by Rachel & Sean Qitsualik-Tinsley and illustrated and coloured by GMB Chomichuk. The story was adapted by Eva Grant.

Episode 6: Nimkii

This episode will be available as a podcast on July 27 and will be broadcast the week of Aug. 2.

A tribute to the Indigenous children in the system inspired by the author's own experiences as an adoptive mother, as well as the story of Teddy Bellingham, an Anishinaabe "Crown Ward" who was brutally murdered in Smiths Falls, Ont.

The comic was written by Kateri Akiwenzie-Damm and illustrated by Ryan Howe and Jen Storm, with colour by Donovan Yaciuk. The story was adapted by Rosanna Deerchild.

Episode 7: Like a Razor Slash

This episode will be available as a podcast on Aug. 3 and will be broadcast the week of Aug. 9.

The story of Chief Frank T'Seleie's fight to stop the Mackenzie Valley Pipeline. T'Seleie's celebrated 1975 speech shaped the years-long Berger Inquiry that followed, and is remembered as an integral part of the efforts to protect and defend the lands within the Northwest Territories.

The comic was written by Richard Van Camp and illustrated by Scott B. Henderson, with colour by Scott A. Ford. The story was adapted by Eva Grant.

Episode 8: Migwite'tmeg: We Remember It

This episode will be available as a podcast on Aug. 10 and will be broadcast the week of Aug. 16.

The story of a young Mi'kmaw boy who helps his father with fishing salmon, and the police raids that happened in 1980 and 1981 in the author's home community of Listuguj on the Quebec side of the Restigouche River. 

The comic was written by Brandon Mitchell and illustrated by Tara Audibert, with colour by Donovan Yaciuk. The story was adapted by Rosanna Deerchild.

Episode 9: Warrior Nation

This episode will be available as a podcast on Aug. 17 and will be broadcast the week of Aug. 23.

The author describes the summer of 1990 as a seminal moment in Indigenous and Canadian history, from Elijah Harper's famous refusal to vote to ratify the Meech Lake Accord to the Oka Crisis, a 78-day standoff between Kanehsatà:ke Mohawks (and supporters) and Canadian military and RCMP. This story follows a young teen, Washashk, who learns about the struggle for Indigenous rights in Canada and is sparked into a life of activism.

The comic was written by Niigaanwewidam James Sinclair and illustrated and coloured by Andrew Lodwick. The story was adapted by Eva Grant.

Episode 10: kitaskînaw 2350

This episode will be available as a podcast on Aug. 24 and will be broadcast the week of Aug. 30.

A sci-fi adventure shaped primarily by Indigenous culture and beliefs, this story spans decades of Indigenous activism and Indigenous peoples' continued existence into the near and far future.

This story was written by Chelsea Vowel and illustrated by Tara Audibert, with colour by Donovan Yaciuk. The story was adapted by Eva Grant.

 

Corrections

  • An earlier version of this post said that the arrest of Jack Fiddler, which is in the episode Red Clouds, happened in 1906. In the This Place graphic novel, it happens in 1907. However there is no consensus in the historical record. We have gone with 1907 for consistency with our source material.
    Jul 07, 2021 7:35 AM ET

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