Unreservedwith Rosanna Deerchild


From growing medicine to space rockets: What is Indigenous futurism?

Grace Dillon coined the term, Indigenous futurism, paying homage to Afrofuturism, which weaves in traditional knowledge and culture with futuristic ideas and settings.

Imagining Indigenous people as space explorers

The first time Lou Cornum saw an explicit depiction of an Indigenous person in a futuristic setting, it was a revelation.

Aliens, the future and Pueblo pottery inspire Indigenous fashion designer

Aconav is an Indigenous women’s fashion line based out of Phoenix, Ariz. that creates bold and futuristic clothing inspired by the Acoma Pueblo and Navajo heritages of co-founders Loren and Valentina Aragon.

Telling the story of first contact ... with a futuristic video game

The first time Maize Longboat saw a video game character that was Indigenous-inspired, it was the Tauren character in World of Warcraft — which was loosely based on Native American culture.

Looking towards the future: Indigenous futurism in literature, music, film and fashion

In popular culture, Indigenous people are often portrayed as being of the past, living traditional lives. Or they're not shown at all. This week on Unreserved, how Indigenous people are seeing themselves in the future.

Becoming The Jerry Cans: From Legion cover band to ambassadors of Inuit culture

The Jerry Cans are now known for their eclectic sound that combines rock, folk, throat singing and singing in Inuktitut, but the group originally met at Inuksuk High School in Iqaluit, and started off playing cover songs.  

How one cartographer is helping Indigenous communities put themselves on the map

When most people look at a digital map, one of the first things they zoom in on is their home. But for many Indigenous people from remote areas, their homes and communities weren't on Google Maps and Google Earth. Steve DeRoy, an Anishinaabe/Saulteaux cartographer, helped change that.

Want to learn whose Indigenous land you're on? There's an app for that

If you want to find out whose land you're on, and learn more about how to acknowledge it. There's an app for that. Mitch Holmes is Haudenosaunee, and he's one of the developers of Whose Land, an app and website that can help you find out whose territory you're on.

Mapping MMIWG: Cartographer calls workshops a healing tool for communities

An Indigenous cartographer is using mapping as a way to tell the stories of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls. So far, Annita Lucchesi has helped document over 3,000 cases, some reaching as far back as 1900.

'I regret it': Hayden King on writing Ryerson University's territorial acknowledgement

There's growing tension about the politics of territorial acknowledgements. Hayden King, an Anishinaabe writer and educator, spoke to Unreserved host Rosanna Deerchild about what they mean in today's political climate, and how they can be improved. Here's part of that conversation.

Giant Indigenous Peoples Atlas floor map will change the way you see Canada

A giant floor map, and the accompanying Indigenous Peoples Atlas of Canada are changing the way kids — and adults — look at Canada. It was created by Canadian Geographic.

Redrawing the Lines

Maps have long been called a tool of colonization. They've carved out pieces of Indigenous land and replaced them with neat lines of provinces and territories. But Indigenous cartographers are drawing back their places and names, using mapmaking to tell us the true stories of what we now call Canada.

'The arbour saved my life,' says powwow dancer who survived brain tumour

In 2006, Wallace Moar Jr. from Crane River, Man. found out he had a brain tumour. That diagnosis led him to powwow dancing.

Drop the mic: Rosanna Deerchild fulfills lifelong dream as powwow emcee

At every powwow there is a person at the centre of it all, the glue holding the whole thing together, that knows all, sees all and tells all. That person is the emcee. At the Sandy Bay Ojibway First Nation powwow, that person was Michael Esquash from Swan Lake First Nation.

PHOTOS: Unreserved at the Sandy Bay Ojibway First Nation powwow

Unreserved visited the Sandy Bay Ojibway First Nation, which is over 170 km northwest of Winnipeg, for their 37th Annual Traditional Powwow.

Kick up your moccasins: Unreserved visits the Sandy Bay Ojibway First Nation powwow

What a better way to kick off the new season of Unreserved, than by kicking up our moccasins and dancing? This week we’re meeting at the Sandy Bay Ojibway First Nation powwow.

William Prince plays live, talks Neil Young, Nashville and being inspired by his son

From Juno awards to BBC airplay and dates opening for Neil Young, William Prince has had a busy couple of years. Back in his current hometown of Winnipeg, Prince played to a sold out crowd at the West End Cultural Centre in late November — and Unreserved was there to catch it all.

Life after a brain injury: Kinnie Starr on trauma, loss and finding her way back through music

In 2015, everything changed for musician Kinnie Starr. A car accident left her with a severe brain injury, which makes it difficult for her to play music.

Innovative program recruits future Indigenous teachers from high school classrooms

An issue echoed by teachers across the country is the need for more Indigenous teachers in classrooms. A new program launched by the Winnipeg School Division, Indspire and the University of Manitoba is doing just that, and recruiting students while they’re still in high school.

First Words: Elizabeth Wilson speaks Heiltsuk

Elizabeth Wilson is a Heiltsuk language teacher. She'll teach you the Heiltsuk words for 'thank you very much' and 'respect.'

Halifax's Nocturne festival curated by Indigenous artist for the first time ever

For the first time in Nocturne's 10-year history, an Indigenous artist, Raven Davis, curated the annual nighttime art festival. The Anishinaabe artist was chosen after the Halifax-based festival partnered with the Aboriginal Curatorial Collective.

'If I lose my right, I have nothing': A Mi'kmaw fisherwoman's fight for her right to fish

Fishing is one of Halifax's major industry. Marilynn-Leigh Francis is an Mi'kmaw fisherwoman who's faced racism and conflict on the job, says that it is her right to fish.

New Halifax walking tour highlights the 'excluded' parts of history

A new tour in Halifax tells the Indigenous and Black histories of the city. Professor Isaac Saney from Dalhousie University helped create the tour, and he shows Rosanna where the tour takes place.

Mi'kmaq activist hopes for 'baby steps' in correcting 'Mic Mac' moniker

Mic Mac Mall — an offensive name on a well-known place. Former Halifax poet laureate Rebecca Thomas meets Rosanna meet to discuss the importance of correcting the name.

Unreserved heads to Halifax: How are people in this city building bridges between communities?

Halifax, in Mi'kmaw territory, is a city in the throes of decolonization and reconciliation. What tensions are arising? How are people in this city building bridges between communities? Unreserved headed east to find out.