Unreservedwith Falen Johnson


Meet Indigenous podcasters who are decolonizing the airwaves

More and more Indigenous creatives are turning to podcasting as a way to share stories. This week on Unreserved, we're talking with Indigenous podcasters who are decolonizing the airwaves. 

Architect Douglas Cardinal on building in harmony with nature 

Douglas Cardinal is considered one of the most important Indigenous architects on Turtle Island. He designed his first building more than 50 years ago. Since then, he’s received just about every award for his work.

How growing up in foster care shaped Nisga'a architect Patrick Stewart's work

Patrick Stewart developed a love of architecture early in life. “When I was five, it was a different time and I could walk to kindergarten and walk the city streets," Stewart said. "I would go out of my way to look at particular buildings."

The nehiyo tipi embraces the elements. This architect thinks more structures should too

Krystel Clark, who is El Salvadorian and Cree from Montreal Lake Cree Nation, works as an intern architect for Patrick R. Stewart Architect. She studied the architecture of the tipi as part of her master’s thesis. 

How Indigenous architects are resisting colonial legacies and reshaping spaces

This week on Unreserved, we're talking with Indigenous people who are reshaping spaces and reframing how we look at architecture.

'We come from the stars': Indigenous astronomy, astronauts, and star stories

Long winter nights are perfect for looking up at the stars, and that’s exactly what we’re doing on Unreserved this week. From Indigenous astronomy to the first Indigenous astronaut, find out how Indigenous people are reframing the way we look at the sky. 

'We call ourselves the star people': Trace explores Anishinaabe star story through dance

For many First Nations, there’s a story shared that humans come from the stars. It’s one that influenced a new dance performance, by Red Sky Performance, an Indigenous dance and theatre company based in Toronto. 

Indigenous astronomies and 'astro-colonialism'

“Indigenous astronomies speak to a connection to the land and to the people. And that knowledge has been here as long as people have been here," explained Hilding Neilson, who is Mi’kmaw and a professor in the department of astronomy and astrophysics at the University of Toronto.

Ojibwe author's debut novel catches attention of the Obamas

Firekeeper’s Daughter is a YA mystery thriller that follows Daunis Fontaine. Daunis is a young mixed-blood woman who struggles to keep one foot in each world she lives in.   

Pandemic parenting the perfect topic for new picture book

I Sang You Down From the Stars is Tasha Spillett-Sumner’s latest picture book, one that recognizes the unique situation of parenting during a pandemic.

Author Eden Robinson on breaking up with her bestselling Trickster trilogy

Eden Robinson, the award-winning Haisla and Heiltsuk author, spoke with Unreserved host Falen Johnson about her anticipated novel Return of the Trickster, the third and final book in her bestselling Trickster trilogy.

Indigenous authors making waves in the literary world

It has been a busy time in the Indigenous literary world lately. It seems, wherever you look, a hot new title is hitting bookstore shelves. This week on Unreserved, we hear from Indigenous authors making waves across Turtle Island.

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.

First Nations try to turn the tide on 'heartbreaking' decline in salmon population

2020 saw the lowest return of sockeye salmon in B.C.’s Fraser River since record keeping began in 1893. The Pacific Salmon Commission reports that only 288,000 sockeye returned. That compared to peak years where upwards of 20 million salmon would return, has many people concerned.

Deep dive: What happens when the salmon stop coming home

Salmon is a staple food for many Indigenous people in the Pacific Northwest. The fish has been the subject of song, story and artwork for thousands of years. It is also a symbol, of fortitude, and self sacrifice. But in recent years, the mighty salmon has been facing some scary realities. 

Children learn to fillet fish, dry meat at 'mini salmon camp' at Whitehorse school

A new First Nation school program in Whitehorse is immersing kids in traditional food preparation. Students at Elijah Smith Elementary School learned to fillet fish and make dry meat this week during a "mini salmon camp."

Soy it ain't so! Scarcity of beloved sauce in northern B.C. leads to bland meals and bidding wars

China Lily Soya Sauce is a staple in many northern B.C. kitchens and a current shortage has people racing to out bid each other for bottles online, with one Indigenous leader issuing a tongue-in-cheek warning that bootlegging will not be tolerated.

This Inuk author named 4 of Saturn's moons. Here's what he wants to name next

In 2000, children's author Michael Kusugak named a group of Saturn's many moons. Twenty years later, he's looking to rename the street near his house.

How the erasure of their place names can have 'real-life effects' on Indigenous people

Christina Gray spent a lot of time in national parks, reading plaques and paying attention to the names of nearby mountains, lakes and rivers. She quickly realized how most places were named after Europeans — or, in some cases, their pets.

Names erased: How Indigenous people are reclaiming what was lost

Canada has a long history of erasing Indigenous names — but Unreserved is taking a look at the growing movement to reclaim those names before they’re lost.


Point of View

Call me Ka'nhehsí:io: Why I'm reclaiming my Kanien'kéha name

CBC Indigenous reporter Jessica Deer is asking people to call her Ka’nhehsí:io.

'Vindication for our ancestors': Sask. First Nation reclaims original name

It's an error that took more than a century to correct. The Sakimay First Nation near Grenfell, Sask., will now be known as Zagime Anishinabek.

Edmonton council endorses Indigenous names for city's revamped wards

Edmonton city council is keen to adopt Indigenous names to represent Edmonton’s 12 redrawn ward boundaries, it decided in a preliminary vote Monday. 

From Australia to Canada, how Indigenous people are coping with isolation one year into the pandemic

It has been almost a year since the novel coronavirus was declared a global pandemic. Its effects are still being determined, one thing remains true; Indigenous ways of connecting are evolving. This week on Unreserved, how Indigenous people are turning to digital communities, storytelling and culture to feel connected, and get rid of the isolation blues.

'We're usually like human boomerangs': How an Indigenous couple copes with being separated during pandemic

Married couple Candace Scott-Moore and Richard Scott-Moore have been together for more than a decade, but found themselves on opposite sides of the planet when the coronavirus shut down much of the world.