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Unreserved: Telling stories of indigenous Canada

This week on Unreserved on CBC Radio One: A father uses the beauty of a drum song to battle his grief, a residential school survivor captures the demons of his past on paper, and a young Inuk fighter fights to make his dreams a reality.
Iskwé sings about missing and murdered indigenous women in her latest single "Nobody Knows." (Supplied)

There's this story I heard about two wolves: one angry and vengeful, the other joyful and peaceful. They are always at odds and fighting for control. These two wolves represent our inner struggle between good and bad choices. The story, from the Cherokee people, says that the one you feed is the one who wins.

This week on Unreserved:

A father uses the beauty of a drum song to battle his grief. Alo White is an elder from Naotkamegwanning First Nation in northwestern Ontario. He and his son, Nathan, would often record each other singing traditional songs while driving around town or out fishing. They shared a passion for keeping these songs and stories alive. But after a heart-shattering loss, Alo continued to sing and share songs on his path of grief and recovery.

A residential school survivor captures the demons of his past on paper. As a way to share and heal from the atrocities Augie Merasty experienced at residential school, he wrote The Education of Augie Merasty: A Residential School Memoir, the painful recounting of that story. His daughter, Arlene Merasty, talks about her father's literary legacy. 

And a young Inuk fighter fights to make his dreams a reality. Collin Baikie is from Labrador. The mixed martial artist just became the first Inuk to win a professional fight.

Plus: Fighting back against the deadly stigma of stereotype. Almost 1,200 cases of missing and murdered indigenous women remain unsolved. For some, those numbers represent a warning, for others a reminder. Jaqueline Anaquod has been raising awareness about missing and murdered indigenous women in Canada. Her reason is chilling — she could have been another name added to that growing list.

We'll also bring you music from Iskwé, Nahko and Medicine for the People, Sinuupa and Nadjiwan.

Tune into 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 these stories and more on Unreserved. 

You can also listen on demand.​

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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