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Unreserved brings you an encore presentation for the August long weekend

It's the dog days of summer - that long stretch of July with its endless days of barbecuing, sipping cold ones and fishing. We'll be back in the fall when we launch Unreserved nationally. But we don't want to leave you without your favourite cousin bringing you indigenous coolness.

A tip of the hat to one of our favourite shows

Murray Porter is a Mohawk blues pianist who won Aboriginal Album of the Year at the 2012 Juno Awards. (Facebook)

It's the dog days of summer — that long stretch of July, with its endless days of barbecuing, sipping cold ones and fishing.

If you're anything like me you are scrambling around for something cool to do this last long weekend before the fall run around for school supplies and getting back to work. (Yea, I said it. Sorry!). I plan on heading to the beach or maybe hitting up the pow wow trail with my awesome inter-tribal moves. 

We'll be back in the fall when we launch Unreserved nationally. But we don't want to leave you without your favourite cousin bringing you indigenous coolness. Here's what's on the show this week:

Native artists and activists continue to reclaim Indigenous images following several acts of cultural appropriation earlier this year. Remember the fashion designers who called their new clothing line Dsquaw and the Adam Sandler movie The Ridiculous Six that caused indigenous actors to walk off the set?

We speak with the collective ReMatriate; a diverse group of female fashion designers, singers, models, architects, artists and advocates taking back the indigenous image.

When residential school survivors learned they could apply for $3,000 worth of education credits, there was much anticipation and hope. But thousands of applicants across the country are still waiting for funding, including two elder sisters who say their time is running out. It's part of our series siyólexwe: Stories of Elders and Seniors.

From skid row to the front row, how one Regina First Nations woman used her hard-earned survival skills to turn her life around. Sharon Acoose now teaches social work at the First Nations University of Canada in Regina. But her education began with the harsh lessons of the street. 

Acoose survived childhood abuse and struggled with drugs and alcohol as way to slow the pain. Now she's using her experiences to help other women get out of similar situations. 

Plus music from Murray Porter, Iskwé, and Buffy Sainte-Marie.

Tune in to Unreserved on CBC Radio One after the 5 p.m. news in Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Nunavut, and after the 4 p.m. news in Yukon and the N.W.T. for an encore broadcast from April 2015.

You can also listen on demand right here.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Rosanna Deerchild is the host of Unreserved on CBC Radio One. She's an award-winning Cree author and has been a broadcaster for almost 20 years — including stints with APTN, CBC Radio, Global and a variety of indigenous newspapers. She hails from O-Pipon-Na-Piwan Cree Nation, Man.

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