At the Edge of Canada: Indigenous Research presents interviews with researchers about their work with Aboriginal peoples. The objective is to assist people in better understanding Indigenous people, our issues and the often asked Google term “what is aboriginal.” It is originally produced as a radio broadcast on UMFM 101.5 FM in Winnipeg Manitoba and hosted by Dr Robert-Falcon Ouellette while working at University of Manitoba. He is now an Member of Parliament in Ottawa. Ekosani.
A controversy has erupted in Manitoba. The
first time since the 1960s a Sundance ceremony has been recorded. There have
been many negative and positive comments about this. APTN the Canadian National Aboriginal
TV Network did a three part mini series in June 2013. What are some of the reasons
against or for sharing the Sundance ceremony?
At the end of the Sundance with my boys
In the 19th century up until the mid 20th
century many of the traditional ceremonies were recorded both in word, but
visually with photos and later in video. Many of those doing this recording
were anthropologists, Indianophiles and in the 1950s and 60s Indigenous peoples
themselves. There was a tendency after the 1900s to start hiding the ceremonies
because religious officials and government agents would take children during
the ceremonies and they had been declared illegal both in Canada
and the United States.
Summary: Albee, Kamila, and Kurt look the
perceptions of aboriginal students through research, interviews, and our own
opinions. Included is an interview with Verna Kirkness, Manfred
Hildebrandt, and Questions and Answers with Albee and Kurt. This 25
minutes radio show incorporates some trendy Aboriginal electric music fused
with intriguing theory’s behind the perceptions of Aboriginal students.
Producers Involved: Albee Eisbrenner, Kamila
Cecelon, Kurt Hildebrandt
A new national organization has been formed on Nov 16, 2013. The Metis Federation of Canada interim president Robert Pilon says "The Métis Federation of Canada was
formed to recognize, represent and support Métis citizens across Canada,
uniting us from coast to coast to coast. As a grassroots organization,
with representatives from all regions of this country, we are people from varying
walks of life who are passionate about our history, our culture and our
Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/Metisfederationofcanada) and Twitter (@metisfederation).
The founding members are Robert Pilon,
David Bouchard, Karole Dumont-Beckett, Theresa Lizotte, Dan Goodon, Hélène I
Savard, Bob Stevenson, Alfred Chiasson, Daryle Desjarlais, Daniel Gilbeau, Ray
Racicot, Bill Gabbani, Jim Laroche, and Deborah Bastien.
Good luck to this group of people and the
cause they hold dear. It will be difficult challenging the current power
Summary: In this radio documentary, the topic of
discussion is gender roles and gender identity in First Nations Education:
past, present, and future. After examining the traditional context of gender
role education, challenges and barriers to Aboriginal education are discussed
more thoroughly. There is a brief exploration of these challenges through the
selected music tracks and poetry. We thank the participants for their time and
patience in preparing this radio documentary.
Interviews with: Dr. Kim Anderson, Dr. Robert Falcon
Ouellette, and Dr. Niigaan Sinclair
Production Team: Kevin Morall, Derek Barnett, Jason Neufeld,
Music by: Tribe Called Red featuring Northern Voice
"Sisters"; Buffy Sainte-Marie "Eagle Man / Changing Woman";
A Tribe Called Red "The Road"
Poetry by: Comaka "The Heart Beat" & Stephen
John Marshall "The Traditional Knowledge"