Unreservedwith Rosanna Deerchild


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.

Stand-up, sketch and satire: The rise of Indigenous comedy

Indigenous people are often thought of as stoic and serious. But the truth is, Indigenous people love to laugh! 

Unreserved presents: Jeremy Dutcher in concert

Jeremy Dutcher is a classically trained operatic tenor, and member of the Tobique First Nation in New Brunswick. He won the 2018 Polaris Prize for his album Wolastoqiyik Lintuwakonawa, which combined his own compositions with archival recordings in his language, Wolastoqey. Today, we're listening to highlights of his recent concert at the Spirit Song Festival in St. John's, Newfoundland.

'I'm Indigenous and I'm proud of it': Cree comic inspires sons to follow in his footsteps

For Cree standup comedian Howie Miller, and his four sons, comedy has become a family business.

'So much absurdity in everyday living': Lakota writer's musings on life, politics and identity in new book

Some call Tiffany Midge the Indigenous David Sedaris, and her new book of essays, Bury My Heart at Chuck E. Cheese’s, is staking out her place in the genre of humour. 

Why every Navajo baby's first laugh is celebrated

The person who makes the child laugh for the first time has been chosen as the one who welcomes them with a feast for the whole family. 

Uncovering the complicated history of blankets in Indigenous communities

Blankets hold great cultural significance in many Indigenous communities. They were used in trade, given as gifts and even offered a way to record community history.

The complicated history of the Hudson's Bay point blanket

The iconic Hudson's Bay point blanket has a complicated history with Indigenous people in Canada. These blankets first appeared in Canadian trading posts in the 1700s, and aside from bedding, they also served as a form of currency, and were fashioned into robes. But these blankets took on a darker history, with rumours they were used to spread smallpox.
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A short history of Indigenous blankets in Canada

From the Hudson Bay point blankets, to button blankets, and star quilts, this week Unreserved is taking a look at the history of blankets in Indigenous communities. In this podcast exclusive, Elizabeth Kawenaa Montour from Library and Archives Canada leads us through that history. 

The blanket toss: From traditional binoculars to high-flying sport

Imagine a human-powered trampoline with two dozen people pulling a seal hide tight, while a person stands in the centre. That person is then thrown 20 feet into the air.

Indigenous-designed blanket shares history and meaningful gift giving

A Siksika family-owned business incorporates Blackfoot history to create a ceremonial blanket that's turning heads

I went to report on a Cree culture camp. It ended up changing my life

Unreserved's Kyle Muzyka headed to kâniyâsihk to spend time with Kevin Lewis, and learn how to build a birchbark canoe. But he took away much more than that.

Volunteers use hooks and chains to search Winnipeg river for missing women

They gather along the shores of the Red River in Winnipeg. A small group of volunteers who meet at a make-shift memorial for Tina Fontaine. She is just one of almost 1200 missing or murdered Indigenous women and girls in Canada. In the water and along the shore, they search for those who have been taken.

Homecoming: 12-year-old Fynnley Pearson visits Garden Hill First Nation for the first time

To celebrate his great-grandfather's 92nd birthday, Fynnley Pearson visited Garden Hill First Nation for the very first time.

Indigenous stories from the field: Lessons learned from the rez, a river and a canoe

From time to time, Unreserved visits communities to meet people where they live. Today on the show, three stories of people on personal, and cultural, journeys.

How every member of an Alberta First Nation lost Indian Status

Until 1985, under the Indian Act, First Nation people could legally get rid of their status by enfranchising, which means they would surrender their status to receive the same rights as non-Indigenous Canadians. 

How the Indian Act continues to impact the lives of First Nation people

There is no piece of legislation that has had more of an influence on the lives of First Nation people in Canada than the Indian Act. Originally passed in 1878, the Indian Act outlines everything from the current reserve structure, to the creation of residential schools. 

Author calls the Indian Act 'a post-confederation assimilation tool'

In 2015, Bob Joseph wrote a blog post about the surprising things people may not know about the Indian Act. It went viral, which inspired him to expand it into the book, 21 Things You May Not Know About the Indian Act.

Chef calls Indigenous Food Lab 'a necessity for our future'

Indigenous foods matter, and maybe now more than ever, said chef Sean Sherman, the Oglala Lakota founder of The Sioux Chef. Sherman and his colleagues are preparing to launch a new project, The Indigenous Food Lab.

'Making sure that our food history isn't lost': Chef promotes Indigenous foods in virtual cook-off

On a recent weekend, Anishinaabe chef Joseph Shawana headed out with his wife and son to harvest wild leeks in the forest. He served them up in a virtual cooking competition alongside Indigenous chefs from across the country.

Inuk chef's country-food catering keeps her connected to culture

Some of Trudy Metcalfe-Coe’s strongest childhood memories are her eating country food with her family. Metcalfe-Coe, who is Inuk from Nain, Nunatsiavut, remembers her grandfather giving her smoked Arctic char. 

How Indigenous leaders are changing the future of food

The food industry is being hard hit by COVID-19. And the pandemic is impacting the food security in Indigenous communities. This week on Unreserved — from Indigenous chefs cooking up comfort, to a community freezer stocked with seal — we’re talking with Indigenous leaders working to change the future of food. 

'We have to have some people give up power': A conversation about race, privilege and making space

Marginalized people often struggle to be heard. In order for their voices to rise, those who live with privilege have to make space. But are people in positions of power willing to share that space? Join Unreserved at 6 Degrees Toronto, to revisit this timely conversation about power and privilege.

Green New Deal legislation must be Indigenous-led, says Julian Brave NoiseCat

The Green New Deal has roots in Indigenous communities — and Julian Brave NoiseCat has been there since before it was a sweeping resolution aimed at tackling climate change and wealth inequality.

Salmon habitat restoration in Cheam a 'gesture of compassion'

Cheam First Nation is working to improve the survival odds for salmon in an era when their existence is increasingly threatened by climate change.