The Current

The Current for May 17, 2022

Today on The Current: Ending the overrepresentation of Indigenous women in Canada’s jails; Duncan McCue on new CBC podcast, Kuper Island; calls to end school dress codes — and the tactics used to enforce them; and how El Salvador bet big on Bitcoin, but suffered heavy losses.
Matt Galloway is the host of CBC Radio's The Current. (CBC)

Full Episode Transcript

Today on The Current:

Indigenous women are overrepresented in Canada's prisons, and critics blame systemic factors. Now, a report co-authored by Canadian senators looks at the cases of 12 Indigenous women and calls for their exoneration. Matt Galloway talks to Senator Kim Pate, who co-authored the report; Lynne Groulx, CEO of the Native Women's Association of Canada; and Corey Shefman, a lawyer for Indigenous peoples and organizations at Olthuis Kleer Townshend.

Then, CBC journalist Duncan McCue discusses his new CBC podcast, Kuper Island, which tells the stories of four children who were forced to attend one of Canada's most notorious residential schools. 

Plus, students at an Ottawa high school recently protested over a school dress code enforcement blitz that they said unfairly targeted girls. We talk to Ottawa City Councillor Catherine Kitts about calls for an end to school dress codes — and the tactics used to enforce them.

And El Salvador bet big on Bitcoin, but was reported to have suffered heavy losses when cryptocurrency markets recently slumped. We talk to Isabella Cota, the Latin America economic correspondent for El Pais; and David Gerard, author of Attack of the 50 Foot Blockchain.

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