The Current

The Current for Oct. 21, 2021

Today on The Current: What to consider when considering a land acknowledgement; Meg Lowman on a career spent climbing trees, discovering the life high above us; and long-term care facilities brace for staffing shortages over vaccine requirements
Matt Galloway is the host of CBC Radio's The Current. (CBC)

Full Episode Transcript

Today on The Current:

Land acknowledgements are becoming more common, but it is not always clear whether the nods to traditional Indigenous territory are accurate, welcome, or useful. Matt Galloway talks to Niigaan Sinclair, a professor in native studies at the University of Manitoba, and a columnist for the Winnipeg Free Press; Hayden King, executive director of the Yellowhead Institute, a First Nations-led research centre based at Ryerson University in Toronto; and Ka'nhehsí:io Deer, a reporter with CBC Indigenous in Kahnawake, Que.

Plus, Meg Lowman is a biologist, ecologist, teacher, and conservationist who has spent her life climbing trees. Now she's sharing her tall tales in her new book The Arbornaut: A Life Discovering the Eighth Continent in the Trees Above Us, in the hopes it will inspire the next generation to discover — and save — that world in the treetops.

And as some long-term care workers choose to quit instead of getting vaccinated against COVID-19, residents' families are being asked to step in to help. We talk to Bill Tiessen, who has been warned of potential staffing shortages at his dad's care home in Morden, Man; Karen Biggs, CEO of Menno Place, a group that runs a variety of care homes for 700 seniors in Abbotsford, B.C.; and Laura Tamblyn Watts, a lawyer and the CEO of CanAge, a seniors' advocacy organization.