The Current

The Current for June 16, 2021

Today on The Current: Provinces offering incentives to get vaccinated; Chief Ronald E. Ignace on preserving Indigenous languages; CBC analysis finds slow vaccination rollout in some prisons; and checking in with Jolie Gan, from the class of 2021.
Matt Galloway is the host of CBC Radio's The Current. (CBC)

Full Episode Transcript

Today on The Current:

Manitoba and Alberta are offering cash, scholarships, and prizes in an effort to get more people vaccinated. Will it work? We discuss incentive programs with Kelly Peters, CEO and co-founder of BEworks, a behavioural economics firm; Azim Shariff, a professor and Canada 150 Research Chair of Moral Psychology at the University of British Columbia; and Rob Oxoby, head of the department of economics at the University of Calgary.

Chief Ronald E. Ignace of the Secwepemc Nation has been appointed Canada's first commissioner of Indigenous languages — responsible for keeping Indigenous languages alive. He discusses the ways in which language is linked to the land, and how his residential school experience has shaped his approach.

Plus, more than 6,700 prisoners across Canada tested positive for COVID-19 as of June 9 — a rate much higher than the general population. Yet, a CBC News analysis has found that in some facilities, prisoners waited until May for their chance at a first vaccine dose. The CBC's senior data journalist, Valerie Ouellet, tells us more.

And in a sneak peek of Thursday's show celebrating the high school class of 2021, we talk to Jolie Gan, who is graduating from Sir Winston Churchill High School in Calgary. She tells us about a final year like no other, marked by COVID-19, challenges of online learning, and anti-Asian hate.