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.
The Changing Aboriginal Woman’s Role in the Family and the Workforce
This is an independent radio documentary on the changing
roles of aboriginal women since colonialization. This documentary was produced
for the Faculty of Education at the University of Manitoba Aboriginal Education
course EDUA 1500.Group members include Lana Jorgensen, Kyleigh Hurak and
To provide some personal insight we speak to Wanda Wuttunee
(Professor in Native Studies at the University of Manitoba). Through the
interview we examine aboriginal women's role within the family prior to
colonialization and how the woman’s role in the family was well defined, but
not restrictive. We examine how the arrival of the settlers brought many
changes to the Aboriginal peoples. Primarily through residential schools, the
settlers forced their beliefs and values upon the Aboriginal peoples that
changed the role of women within the family.
Next Wanda Wuttunee explains how through the workforce
aboriginal women have become the strong backbone of modern Aboriginal society.
Like modern women they are overcoming adversity to participate in all spheres
of the workforce. They use their traditions and traditional values to achieve
success in their chosen careers and benefit their communities.
Interviews with: Dr. Wanda Wuttunee
Production Team: Rachael Smith, Lana Jorgensen, Kyleigh Hurak