Unreservedwith Rosanna Deerchild


'I own it': Transgender drag queen Quanah Style on living her dream

Quanah Style is a Cree drag queen from Vancouver who was featured in the second season of CBC's Canada's a Drag. Style is also a proud transgender woman who documented her facial reconstruction surgery in a web series called Quanah: Trans Op.

Inside nêhiyawak's collaboration with TONTO, a synthesizer with a 'weird name'

When Edmonton-based Cree band nêhiyawak had the chance to play a one-of-a-kind synthesizer during their residency at the National Music Centre, they knew it had the power to transform their sound.

How 'community-driven' Indigenous architecture is transforming space

For many generations, buildings were designed and built without the consultation or integration of the Indigenous communities they reside in. From residential schools to housing to rinks to community centres, few buildings reflected community values.

'I made a vow': Jeff Thomas on the power of photography

Photographer and curator Jeff Thomas was recently honoured with the Governor General's Award in Visual and Media Arts. It was a moment that brought him back to a life changing event 40 years ago. 

Transformation: Making change to challenge perceptions

This week on Unreserved, we look at how Indigenous people are transforming space, body and media to change and challenge perceptions.

First Words: Jordan Konek speaks Inuktitut

Jordan Konek is an Inuit reporter originally from Arviat, Nunavut. In this episode, he talks about being the first CBC reporter to broadcast a story on The National in the Inuktitut language. He'll also teach you the Inuktitut word for "power".

Reviving an outlawed fishery: 'the backbone of our Nation'

It was daybreak on a clear summer day. Nick Claxton stood at the boat launch with other members of the WSÁNEĆ Nation. Their ocean-going canoes were setting out onto the Salish Sea. They were ready to drop a full-size reef net, for the first time in a century.

Making cedar soda with Pow Wow Cafe's Shawn Adler

At Pow Wow Cafe in Kensington Market in Toronto, there’s more than just Indian tacos and corn soup on the menu. The restaurant has started a line of sodas, called Wildside Soda Company, which are infused with Indigenous herbs like cedar and sweetgrass.

Recipes for resistance: Indigikitchen teaches diet decolonization

The creator of an online cooking show is hoping it will help decolonize and  “re-Indigenize” diets. Indigikitchen was created by 25-year-old Mariah Gladstone, who is an enrolled member in the Blackfeet and Cherokee tribes.

Traditional Cowichan food knowledge passed down through generations

When Jared Qwustenuxun Williams was growing up he would often accompany his late grandmother as she gathered and prepared food in their Cowichan territories, BC. He recalled her teaching him one of the Cowichan methods for curing salmon, which included harvesting ferns and alderwood, and hanging the fish to dry with a salt rub.

Using food to strengthen Indigenous culture and resist colonization

This week, we dig into how food is connected to land and water, how it was used to colonize, and how Indigenous people are using food to strengthen culture.

'They had stories in them': Mathew Nuqingaq explains what drew him to jewelry making

From the outside, Aayuraa Studio looks like a small house, but once you enter it's so much more. The studio is owned by artist Mathew Nuqingaq, who's a jewelry maker, sculptor, drummer, and the president of the Inuit Art Foundation.

Greetings from Iqaluit: Exploring the strength of Inuit culture

This week, Unreserved is on the ground in Iqaluit, Nunavut, celebrating the 20th anniversary of Nunavut officially becoming Canada's third territory. From music and art, to food and language, we'll find out what has kept the Inuit culture thriving. 

Throat singing club: 'It gives you a sense of where you come from'

When Elizabeth Ryan heard girls throat singing on the playground at Nakasuk Elementary School she knew there was an opportunity to build on their skills and teach more students the Inuit vocal art.

Unreserved Visits Iqaluit, Nunavut

This week, Unreserved is on the ground in Iqaluit, Nunavut, celebrating the 20th anniversary of Nunavut officially becoming Canada's third territory. 

Iqaluit's Qajuqturvik Food Centre aims to break 'soup kitchen' stereotype

Qajuqturvik means "place to eat soup" in Inuktitut, but the food centre also provides training in cooking and hospitality, as well as cooking classes for young people.

Translating news into Inuktitut 'a challenge that's dear to me'

CBC North's Igalaaq is an Inuktitut news show, that anchor Madeleine Allakariallak translates live on the air.

Indigenous masculinity and the lasting impacts of colonization

This week we're talking all about Indigenous masculinity — and the lasting impacts of colonization on Indigenous men.

'Colonial patriarchal masculinity' keeps #MeToo stories inside Indigenous communities

Indigenous communities have seen their own influx of stories of sexual assault following the rise of the #MeToo movement. But Lindsay Nixon said these stories were surfacing in Indigenous communities well before that.

For Indigenous men, masculinity can be a 'glass ceiling' of sorts, professor says

The idea of what it is to be a man is based on "white" ideals and the colonized concept of manhood, says Rob Innes, head of Indigenous studies at the University of Saskatchewan.

Boys with Braids: Hair as Resistance to Colonization

Michael Linklater doesn't remember the last time he cut his hair, but he does remember being teased for it at a young age. When his sons were bullied for having long hair, he started Boys with Braids, an online collective that celebrates Indigenous boys and their hair.

How hip hop artists are defining a 'modern Indigenous identity'

For many who grew up in a variety of Indigenous cultures, whether urban or whether on the reserve, hip hop has been a part of those journeys, says Kyle T. Mays, an assistant professor at UCLA.

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.

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.