The Sunday Magazine

The Sunday Magazine for September 12, 2021

Piya Chattopadhyay returns with an all-new season featuring National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations RoseAnne Archibald, writer Omar Mouallem on how Muslims shaped the Americas, reporter Jim DeFede on Gander, N.L.'s legacy of kindness 20 years after 9/11, and more.

This week on The Sunday Magazine with Piya Chattopadhyay:

AFN National Chief RoseAnne Archibald on the 'Healing Path Forward' 

While many Canadians were preoccupied with reconciliation in the spring, when hundreds of unmarked graves were confirmed on residential school sites, the issue has not been front and centre during the federal election campaign. But party leaders were asked to address Indigenous issues at this week's debates. RoseAnne Archibald, the newly-elected National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations joins Chattopadhyay to respond to what they had to say, and what she makes of their platforms. Archibald is the first woman to be elected as National Chief. At 23, she was the youngest-ever chief elected in her first nation. She'll talk about why she felt it was time for a woman to take the reins of the AFN, what her priorities will be as she sits down to negotiate with a newly-elected federal government, and how her 'strength-based and heart-centered' leadership style will guide her. 

Word Processing: The Canadian Election Edition 

In the latest installment of our ongoing language segment Word Processing, we break down some distinctly Canadian election-related words with Western University professor and co-director of the Consortium on Electoral Democracy, Laura Stephenson. If you've ever wondered what a "writ" is and why we "drop" it [spoiler: we don't], whether horses have anything to do with ridings, or what a returning officer is, well, returning, we've got those answers and more.

The Sound of Live Music: The NAC Orchestra returns  

The National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa launches a new season this week. On Friday night -- for the first time in months -- they perform in front of a live audience. The first notes heard will come from the orchestra's principal trumpeter, Karen Donnelly, in a solo piece she composed to both mark the 20th anniversary of 9/11 and celebrate the return to in-person performances after so long. We'll have the sounds of Thursday's rehearsal, along with reflections from Donnelly on what it means to perform for a live audience again. And we'll capture the audience reaction at Friday's performance.

The rich, often overlooked history of Islamic culture in the Americas

In his new book, Praying to the West: How Muslims Shaped the Americas, Edmonton-based writer Omar Mouallem tells little-known stories -- from the enslaved African Muslims who revolted against the Brazilian government, to the women who led the fight to preserve Canada's first purpose-built mosque as a heritage site -- as an antidote to anti-Muslim hate. He tells Chattopadhyay about travelling to 13 remarkable mosques to uncover the history of Muslim communities and how, along the way, he discovered his own relationship to the faith after coming of age in a post-9/11 era.

Gander's legacy of kindness, 20 years after 9/11

By now, the story is well known: When 38 passenger planes bound for the United States were forced to land in Gander, N.L. on 9/11, the residents of the small Newfoundland town suddenly had to care for thousands of stranded passengers. But 20 years later, journalist and author Jim DeFede talks about why the kindness of Ganderites still shines as a moment of light in desperate times. Defede's 2001 book, The Day the World Came to Town, was one of the inspirations for the hit Broadway musical Come From Away, and this year, he released an updated version including new interviews with people from around the globe who have fond memories of their time stranded in Gander.


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