Unreserved

Unreserved celebrates the Class of 2020

Even with a global pandemic turning our world upside down, there were still plenty of Indigenous people to celebrate. Whether they are retiring, just starting out or receiving an award for outstanding achievements, this week on Unreserved, we visit with the class of 2020.
It was a big year for Indigenous creators this year, including for JUNO Award winner Celeigh Cardinal (left), August Schellenberg Award of Excellence winner Lorne Cardinal (centre) and TIFF emerging talent award winner Tracey Deer (right). (Megan Kemshead, ImagineNATIVE, N`Focus by Dory)

It was certainly … a year, this year. 

Even with a global pandemic turning our world upside down, there were still plenty of Indigenous people to celebrate.

Whether they are retiring, just starting out, or receiving an award for outstanding achievements, this week on Unreserved, we visit with the class of 2020.

Actor Lorne Cardinal won the ImagineNative August Schellenberg Award of Excellence this year. He tells us about what became a defining role for him — Sargent Davis in Corner Gas.

Christa Couture's self-described grief bio is "cancer, death, death, divorce, more cancer." But, as she outlines in her new memoir, How to Lose Everything, she's learned to cope and to be grateful.

This year's emerging talent award winner at the Toronto International Film Festival was Tracey Deer for her film Beans. We revisit a personal moment she and Falen shared about the Kanesatake Resistance.

Singer/songwriter Celeigh Cardinal was on the verge of winning her first JUNO Award — but then the award ceremony was cancelled due to the pandemic. She was announced the winner in July and she shares how she wouldn't have had it any other way.

Anishinaabe senator Murray Sinclair is retiring from the senate to write his memoir and help mentor young Indigenous lawyers — just as he was mentored when he was younger. 

Glenn Courchene reminds us that you're never too old for an education. The 61-year-old residential school survivor just graduated high school, and now has his sights set on a bachelor degree.

Garden Hill First Nation's Mattmac released his first record this year, aptly called 20/20. We visit with the blind musician on what's been a huge year for his music career.

With the COVID-19 pandemic taking over our lives, we revisited the last time Indigenous people faced a global pandemic — and Brenda Child tells us about how the jingle dress was created in response.

William Prince somehow had the time to release two albums in 2020. He talks about his first 2020 album, Reliever, where he hints to his gospel upbringing. 

This week's playlist:
Celeigh Cardinal (Megan Kemshead)

Christa Couture — Good Bayou

Celeigh Cardinal — The Devil is a Blue-Eyed Man

Mattmac — Think Too Much

Samantha Crain — When We Remain

William Prince — Wasted

 

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