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How to tune in to A Day to Listen, 12 hours of Indigenous-led radio programming

Focused on reconciliation, the June 30 cross-country radio slate is in partnership with the Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund.

The June 30 cross-country radio slate is in partnership with the Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund

Mezzo-soprano Marion Newman will co-host CBC Music's programming with Reclaimed host Jarrett Martineau. (Chris Graham)

On Wednesday, June 30, CBC Music will join in a day of cross-country programming to amplify Indigenous voices by sharing stories from Indigenous leaders, residential school survivors, elders, musicians and teachers in partnership with the Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund. 

Put together by radio stations across the country, A Day to Listen will broadcast from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. (6:30 NT) local time on CBC Music and CBC Listen, with Reclaimed host Jarrett Martineau and mezzo-soprano Marion Newman hosting the CBC Music portion of all-Indigenous music and artists to be showcased. 

The day of collaboration follows the May 2021 discovery of the remains of 215 children who were buried at the site of the former Kamloops Indian Residential School, and the increasingly horrific discoveries, including 751 unmarked graves near the Marieval Indian Residential School in Saskatchewan. "With more than 400 radio stations participating, spanning different markets, regions, and formats, A Day to Listen aims to leverage the power of radio to enact real change and begin to set a course for a more equitable future," according to DownieWenjack.ca.

A Day to Listen is a followup to CBC's previous collaboration with Gord Downie and the Wenjack family on The Secret Path, which is available to stream for free on CBC Gem and tells the story of Chanie Wenjack, a 12-year-old boy who died while trying to escape from a residential school and travel back home to his family more than 400 miles away.


The national Indian Residential Schools Crisis Line has been set up to provide support for former students and those affected. People can access emotional and crisis referral services by calling the 24-hour crisis line: 1-866-925-4419.

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