Unreserved

Buffy Sainte-Marie, Wab Kinew and how DNA remembers trauma

Buffy Sainte-Marie, the 2015 Polaris Prize winner, talks about getting her music heard while Wab Kinew reflects on listening to his father in his new book The Reason You Walk. Also, does our DNA affect how we relate to past traumas?

Polaris Prize winner on getting heard, and author of The Reason We Walk on listening to his dad

Buffy Sainte-Marie's 'Power in the Blood' wins the 2015 Polaris Music Prize. (True North Records)
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Unreserved invites you into the circle to share in the story of indigenous Canada.

Buffy Sainte-Marie is an inspiration to generations of indigenous people and she's been an institution in the music industry for decades. 

This Cree powerhouse is an international icon, for her music, her art and her message of indigenous resistance and resilience. Now, she can add the Polaris Prize, awarded for best Canadian album of the year, for Power In the Blood.

Buffy Sainte-Marie chats from her home in Hawaii.
Children from Salal Daycare learn First Nations culture and history on trips to museums. (Salal Daycare)

Wab Kinew will explain how travelling with his father on his last journey ... sent Wab on a new course in his own. Find out more about his new memoir, The Reason You Walk.

Plus, the impact of trauma and how it reverberates through generations. Right into the DNA. Dalhousie prof Amy Bombay shares her research. 

CBC reporter Duncan McCue brings us a story from Vancouver about teaching daycare students about residential schools.

And CBC reporter Tim Fontaine visits a First Nations boarding school that turns the notion of residential schools on its head.

This week's playlist:

Stand - Indian City
Brooklyn, Jon C and Charlie Fettah of Winnipeg's Most debuted in 2010 and rocketed to hip-hop stardom. (Winnipeg's Most)

Working for the Government - A Tribe Called Red, featuring Buffy Sainte-Marie

All That I Know - Winnipeg's Most

Find My Way - Nick Sherman