The Current

The Current for Sept. 13, 2021

Today on The Current: Indigenous communities weigh up promises from federal party leaders; how preserving Indigenous languages could be good for the planet; new book explores inside story of war in Afghanistan; and the impact of wildfires on B.C.’s tourism industry.
Matt Galloway is the host of CBC Radio's The Current. (CBC)

Full Episode Transcript

Today on The Current

Federal party leaders have made several promises on Indigenous issues during this election campaign, but some Indigenous voters see a poor track record, and have heard enough. Matt Galloway weighs up the promises, and the parties behind them, with Niigaan Sinclair, an Anishnaabe writer and professor, and columnist for the Winnipeg Free Press; and Willow Fiddler, who is Oji-Cree Anishinabe from Sandy Lake First Nation and a national reporter for The Globe and Mail. 

Then, we continue Back to the Land, a four-part series about people who are (re)connecting with nature and the outdoors. Host Duncan McCue explores the relationship between the land and Indigenous language.

Plus, Washington Post investigative reporter Craig Whitlock says the U.S.-led war in Afghanistan was cloaked in lies, to cover up the fact the US and its allies were losing. As part of our series, Afghanistan, in the Shadow of the Taliban, he tells us about his new book The Afghanistan Papers: A Secret History Of The War.

And we hear how climate change and the wildfires in B.C. are affecting the tourism sector there, amid fears that summer could become a no-go time for the province.