Unreserved with Rosanna Deerchild


Family, community, healing: Documentaries highlight personal journeys in First Nations

On a special episode of Unreserved this week, we share three documentaries — three personal journeys about family, community and the desire for healing.

Juno-winner Susan Aglukark shares the healing power of art with Indigenous youth

Acclaimed Inuk singer-songwriter receives the Juno's 2022 Humanitarian Award for her work supporting Indigenous youth.

Junos could do more to support Indigenous musicians, critics say

There are now two Juno Music awards for Indigenous musicians. The new categories revive questions about the validity of the awards themselves, and the Canadian music industry’s ability to honour and support Indigenous artists.

'The mom that you tell secrets to': Aunties on the role they play and what their own aunties mean to them

For Mother's Day, we asked a bunch of Indigenous aunties to tell us about the roles they play in our lives, and being 'auntied' themselves

Indigenous artists, advocates reviving traditional tattoo art nearly erased by colonization

From Māori in New Zealand to Inuit in Canada, Indigenous people around the world are reviving traditional tattoos and facial markings, after they had been stigmatized by the lasting effects of western-led colonialism.

Muppets, movies, musicals: mainstream entertainment with an Indigenous twist

Meet the Nuppets --a cast of Muppet-inspired characters by DerRic Starlight which include Wind Dancer, Granny and Cree-mit the Frog. And there's more! Hear how fun Chicken Run can be when it's overdubbed in Mik'maw and what the Pink Aunties have to offer in Bear Grease The Musical.

In new memoir, Tomson Highway reveals the secret to his 'utterly positive spirit' — his parents

Rosanna Deerchild, host of CBC's Unreserved, sat down for an intimate and joyful conversation with master storyteller Tomson Highway.

From racy stage shows to 'bushoir' calendar babes, how Indigenous artists are decolonizing sex

Indigenous creators across several artistic disciplines are rediscovering and reclaiming their sexuality through their work — sometimes for fun, other times as a direct response to the negative effects of colonialism. often as a direct response to the effects of colonialism.

Rare Indigenous eyewitness account of Battle of the Little Bighorn found in Ontario

A rare Indigenous account of one of the most important battles in U.S. history was discovered at a museum in Brampton, Ont. Two archivists worked to bring Standing Bear's documents home to the Oglala people in South Dakota.

From Geronimo to Avatar: Wes Studi's path to historic Oscar

From the Vietnam War to the American Indian Movement to the bright lights of Hollywood, veteran Cherokee actor Wes Studi has had a colourful life. And on Oct. 27, he became the first Indigenous actor to receive an Oscar for his work.

Five things we learned about urban reserves

First Nations are taking land back and taking charge of their futures, by creating new reserves within city boundaries – known as urban reserves. It’s a "new era" for urban planning.

These writers use poetry to reclaim, repair and reflect their Indigenous selves

Indigenous poets are using their writing to work through traumatic experiences past and present, from residential schools to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Mysterious tales of 'Little People' intrigue new generations of Cree, Mi'kmaq

A growing number of Indigenous artists and writers are bringing traditional Indigenous stories to life in books and graphic novels — pinning down oral stories that have shapeshifted over time.

How Indigenous people are rebuilding child welfare to lift up the whole family

Cowessess First Nation is working to change a system that critics say has notoriously harmed Indigenous children and families, first with residential schools, then with the Sixties Scoop and ongoing through child and family services and foster care.

From scrip to road allowances: Canada's complicated history with the Métis

It's a phrase you've probably heard before: First Nations, Inuit and Métis. But how much do you really know about the Métis? 

Métis means much more than 'mixed blood'

The Métis are often misunderstood, explained Métis scholar Brenda Macdougall. The misunderstanding is relatively recent and is used strategically by the Canadian government to disenfranchise the Métis, she said.

What's Métis scrip? North America's 'largest land swindle,' says Indigenous lawyer

The scrip system was a government-run process that separated Métis people from their land, says Jason Madden, an Indigenous rights lawyer. He calls it Canada's "best kept secret."

Forced to live on roadsides: the dark history of Métis road allowances

After the Métis were dispossessed of their land through the scrip process, many ended up squatting on small sections of land along the sides of roads and railway lines.

From church to ceremony: Métis returning to tradition

Métis scholar Chantal Fiola says colonization had a huge impact on Métis spirituality, but many are returning to Indigenous ceremonies.

Meet the Indigenous artists blending traditional art forms with pop culture, modern medical images

What do you get when you blend Betty White with Woodlands painting or beadwork with a brain scan? Work by Indigenous artists like Blake Angeconeb and Ruth Cuthand, who take traditional art forms and combine them with modern elements and themes to create new takes on the Indigenous experience.

Debbie Paul's burden of proof

Sixties Scoop survivor Debbie Paul tracks down proof of what happened to her as a child: she was abducted by a residential school nun in 1967, flown to the U.S., and abandoned in a stranger's home. Mi’kmaw investigative journalist Trina Roache brings us her story.
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This residential school survivor was kidnapped by a nun in the '60s, but didn't have proof ― until now

After the residential school in Nova Scotia closed in the late '60s, Debbie Paul was kidnapped by a nun and brought to a white family in the U.S. She always told people this, but was missing the evidence.

Meet the chef who learned to cook with seal and other Indigenous foods at Alaska hospital

Hospitals aren’t usually known for having memorable cuisine. But at this Alaska facility, the standard bland “tray food” has been set aside in favour of a restaurant-style approach complete with a menu that offers at least 60 per cent Indigenous foods.

How a fateful limo ride led Tom Wilson to his Mohawk roots

Tom Wilson is a Canadian music icon with bands Blackie and the Rodeo Kings, Junkhouse and now, as Lee Harvey Osmond. But uncovering a family secret set him off on a lifelong journey that changed everything.

Indigenous playwright urges 'conversations with love' surrounding vaccine hesitancy

Yvette Nolan found herself at a loss for words when she learned one of her relatives was vaccine-hesitant. Now, the Algonquin playwright is part of a new theatre project: Dialogues for the Vaccine Hesitant and Those Who Love Them.