Unreserved

 
 

Unreserved

Intelligent, Insightful, Indigenous. Stories, music, culture. Unreserved is the true voice of Indigenous Canada. Hosted by Rosanna Deerchild.

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From the House to the Red Chamber: How Indigenous people make their voices heard on Parliament Hill

Ottawa is Canada’s national capital, and the centre of federal politics. It’s also where important decisions are made that impact the lives of all Canadians. Today on Unreserved, from Indigenous MPs, to Senators, to lobbyists, how Indigenous people are making their voices heard on Parliament Hill.

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Making music in isolation: Indigenous artists create new work during pandemic

Cancelled tours, postponed shows and a sudden loss of income. Musicians would normally be busy with summer concert dates. But because of COVID-19, they now have very quiet schedules. So we're checking in on them in their home studios, to hear what they're working on.

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Unreserved's self-isolation book club: What Indigenous authors are reading during the pandemic

People across the country are still practicing physical distancing, which means spending lots of time at home. This week on Unreserved, we speak to Indigenous writers to learn how they’re coping with the isolation, and ask them to share the books on their reading lists. 

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How Indigenous people are making connections and finding support during COVID-19 pandemic

Making connections and finding support during a time of quarantine can be challenging. This week, how Indigenous communities are finding new ways to connect with one another — even while they’re apart.

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Exploring the past: Finding connections in little-known Indigenous history

This week, we're exploring some little-known histories of Indigenous people — and discovering how the past informs both the present and future.

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Why stories matter now more than ever

Stories can comfort, explain, transport, record, or act as a warning. They can help us imagine other worlds and futures. And now, maybe more than ever before, stories matter. This week — from literature to oral histories, from film to poetry, and an apocalyptic fiction that started to look like reality — we’re exploring the importance of stories.

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Signs of spring: Finding hope in nature during the pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has Canadians spending more time than ever indoors. Even though life seems to have slowed down, hints of spring are beginning to pop up all across the country. This week on Unreserved, from outdoor survival classes being offered online, to finding hints of nature in Canada’s biggest city, finding signs of hope in the signs of spring.

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Connecting in isolation: Indigenous people create, find and share community online

With the government urging Canadians to practice social distancing to help stop the spread of COVID-19, many of us are now isolated from friends, family and coworkers. Indigenous people are finding new ways to stay connected, often with the help of social media.

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From self-isolation to cancelled book tours: Indigenous artists feeling the impact of COVID-19

The economic impact of the COVID-19 outbreak is profound — businesses are closing, workers are being laid off. For musicians, performers, writers and artists, if they don't get their work out to an audience, they don't make any money. This week on Unreserved, some of the Indigenous artists making art in the time of quarantine.

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Electro-pop, power ballads and moccasin gaze: Meet this year's Indigenous Juno nominees

Every year, the Juno Awards celebrate the best in Canadian music. Indigenous musicians are highlighted in the Indigenous Artist of the Year category. But as these Indigenous artists move more into the mainstream, their work is also being recognized outside of those parameters.

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Found sound: Archival recordings provide connection to the past

They can be scratchy recordings on dusty vinyl, old cassettes in the corner of a storeroom, or wax cylinders carefully stored in a museum's archives. These fragile sounds can offer connections to history. Today on Unreserved, we're listening to found sound, archival recordings of Indigenous languages, songs and audio that captured a moment in time.

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William Prince on 'borrowing from future happiness' to write new album, Reliever

William Prince's Juno-winning debut, Earthly Days, earned him international attention. His second album, Reliever, was recorded in Nashville and Winnipeg, and he sat down with Rosanna Deerchild to talk about how things have changed.

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From immersion camps to podcasts: Innovation attracts new Indigenous language speakers

Today on Unreserved, we're looking at efforts to revitalize Indigenous languages. From grassroots, land-based initiatives to academic and technological projects, work is underway across the country to encourage more language speakers.

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Lights, camera, Oscars: Meet the creators decolonizing Hollywood

This week, Unreserved is rolling out the red carpet just in time for the Oscars. We head to Los Angeles to talk about the push to decolonize Hollywood, from the inside.

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Death and dying: how Indigenous communities grieve, survive and thrive

Losing someone can be a great challenge in any community. But in Indigenous communities, many circumstances can make the grieving process especially difficult. This week, as we explore grief, death and dying in Indigenous communities, you'll hear how some deal with heavy losses, and how others are promoting vibrant, Indigenous life.

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Stand-up, sketch and satire: The rise of Indigenous comedy

Indigenous people are often thought of as stoic and serious. But the truth is, Indigenous people love to laugh! This week on Unreserved, we're going to try to make you laugh — through stand up, sketches and some conversations about how Indigenous people approach comedy.

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In a galaxy far, far away: Exploring Star Wars through an Indigenous lens

Since the first film's release in 1977, the Star Wars series has become a worldwide, pop culture phenomenon. And with The Rise of Skywalker on track to pull in $1 billion worldwide, Unreserved is launching into hyperspace and exploring the Star Wars universe — through an Indigenous lens.

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How Indigenous culture is transforming health care

Navigating the health-care system can be challenging, especially when you have to deal with language barriers and cultural differences. In hospitals and nursing stations across the country, many Indigenous people face these challenges daily. This week on Unreserved, how Indigenous people navigate the Canadian health-care system.

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FIRST WORDS: Linda McDonald speaks Kaska

Today, there are seven fluent speakers of the Kaska dialect that Linda McDonald speaks. She doesn’t consider herself one of the seven, because she still struggles to put some sentences together.

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Advocates, authors and Amazing Racers: Meet Unreserved's Class of 2019

This past year was a big one for many Indigenous people across Turtle Island — from musicians and politicians, to writers and reality TV stars.

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Jeremy Dutcher in concert

Jeremy Dutcher is a classically trained operatic tenor, and member of the Tobique First Nation in New Brunswick. He won the 2018 Polaris Prize for his album, Wolastoqiyik Lintuwakonawa, which combined his own compositions with archival recordings in his language, Wolastoqey. Today, we're listening to highlights of his recent concert at the Spirit Song Festival in St. John's, Newfoundland.

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BONUS TRACK: A sneak listen to our upcoming Jeremy Dutcher concert

This Sunday we're featuring a concert by Jeremy Dutcher recorded at the Spirit Song Festival in St. John's. But we had so much music we couldn't fit it all in! So just for you, here's a sneak listen to a bonus track from that show.

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Unreserved Reads: Author Richard Van Camp's best book picks of 2019

The holiday season is here, and it's a great time to curl up with a book. With the year coming to an end, we are taking a look back at some of the best books of 2019 with author Richard Van Camp.

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Family, community, healing: Documentaries highlight personal journeys in First Nations

On a special episode of Unreserved this week, we share three documentaries — three personal journeys about family, community and the desire for healing.

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Culture, curriculum, community: Thunder Bay schools pushing back against racism

This week on Unreserved, how schools and grassroots initiatives are helping First Nations youth transition to life in the city.

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