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About the Show

ReVision Quest mixes personal storytelling, current affairs interviews and comedy to explore issues affecting Native peoples today, kicking some ass-umptions about Aboriginal life along the way. It's a show about the First Nations experience, created by all First Nations producers. Our guide is Darrell Dennis, originally from the Shuswap First Nation in B.C. Darrell is an actor, comedian and screenwriter. He's performed in Northwood, The Rez and in his own creation Tales of An Urban Indian. He wrote the film Moccasin Flats, an official selection at the Sundance Film Festival that later became a TV series.

About the Team

ReVision Quest is put together by a diverse group of Aboriginal producers from across the country.

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Darrell Dennis
Originally from the Shuswap First Nation in B.C., RVQ host Darrell Dennis is an actor, comedian and screen writer. He's best known for his roles in Northwood, The Rez, and as host of Bingo and a Movie. Darrell has had two plays produced (Trickster of Third Avenue East and Tales of An Urban Indian) and wrote the short film Mocassin Flats which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and went on to become the TV series. After two years with the Second City National Touring Company, Darrell co-founded the comedy troupe Tonto's Nephews. Darrell was recently one of 13 people selected throughout the world to participate in the prestigious Sundance Writer's Lab. But his favourite thing to do is host ReVision Quest. Aw...

 

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Rick Harp
New to the RVQ team this year, Rick is a founder and president of the INDIGENA Creative Group. His 15 plus years of broadcast journalism include his time as a host and producer with the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network and his current role as the editor-in-chief of the online magazine mediaINDIGENA.com. Rick has also served as the artistic director for the Winnipeg Aboriginal Film Festival, and he's a member of the Peter Ballantyne Cree Nation in Saskatchewan.


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Mike spent 15 years reporting for newspapers before moving to CBC Radio, where he writes comedy sketches and a weekly column on human behaviour. Mike has acted in film and television (Corner Gas, Less Than Kind) and wrote a non-fiction book (Calling The Prairies Home). He's an Irish-Scottish stew, with a pinch of Metis for flavour. mike is also the host of Strange Animal, a 10 part series about human behaviour, on CBC Radio One this summer.



 

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Also new to the RVQ team this year, Lorne grew up in the Brokenhead Ojibway Nation in Manitoba. He is an artist, filmmaker, and communications developer. He wrote and directed Apples and Indians, and Our Place in the Circle, two award-winning documentaries for the National Film Board. He has worked in television and film production for the past 10 years.


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Waubgeshig is a broadcast journalist and an author originally from Wasauksing First Nation, Ontario. He currently lives in Ottawa where he works as a videojournalist for CBC Television news. This is his third season as a producer on RVQ. His first work of fiction entitled Midnight Sweatlodge was released in Spring 2011 through Theytus Books.




 
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Ruth has been making radio for CBC since 2004 and returns to RVQ as this season's senior producer. A member of Peguis First Nation in Manitoba, Ruth is proudly named after her grandmother, who is a residential school survivor. Knowing her grandmother's stories, and those of family members who fought the illegal surrender of their reserve, it's extremly important for Ruth to make sure the Aboriginal community has a voice in mainstream media. Prior to landing at CBC, Ruth worked for the National Aboriginal Achievement Foundation, trained as a speed skater, and discovered her inner nomad.

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Another new member of the RVQ team, Sam is a life-long Winnipegger and a proud Metis. He has worked in various departments in the film and television industry, and is currently the co-manager of the National Screen Institute's New Voices program. Sam has interviewed residential school survivors across Canada, spent time in Bolivia working on a documentary about political changes, wrote and directed a movie about the murder of his great-great-great grandfather Elzear Goulet and digitized the works of his great grandmother, famed Metis poet Marie Therese Goulet Courchaine or "Manie Tobie".


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Kim has brought positive Aboriginal stories to both the mainstream and Aboriginal media for 17 years. She has been producing award-winning radio for CBC Radio One for the past four seasons of RVQ. She is also the producer of Ab-Originals - a weekly podcast of the hottest Aboriginal music in Canada on CBC Radio 3. Kim also runs the Aboriginal Trans Media Unit at CBC Manitoba with the goal of being a hub for Aboriginal content for all of CBC. Not bad for a girl from the rough and tumble neighbourhood of Weston in Winnipeg.

 


 

Performers:


Rosanna Deerchild

Rosanna Deerchild

Rosanna Deerchild is Cree from South Indian Lake, Manitoba. A writer and broadcaster, Rosanna has been working in the industry for almost 15 years. She is currently a host and news presenter for CBC Radio. Rosanna has been honoured by the Native American Journalism Association and has won a Blizzard Award for her work. She is also an accomplished poet. Her first book of poetry 'this is a small northern town' was published in fall 2008 by The Muses Company (J. Gordon Shillingford). It won the 2009 Aqua Books Lansdowne Prize for Poetry/prix Lansdowne de po├ęsie. Rosanna is a member of the Aboriginal Writers Collective.


Ryan McMahonRyan McMahon

Based out of Winnipeg, Ryan is making a name for himself as one of the most dynamic comedy performers working in Canada today. Considered a comedian that happens to be Native, rather than being a Native comedian, McMahon steers clear of cultural stereotypes onstage, and instead, his live show combines standup, improv, and sketch comedy weaving hilarious stories, characters, and a very unique and original style of comedy he calls, "Indian Vaudeville." Ryan is a graduate of the Second City Toronto Conservatory, and comes armed with a degree in theatre.