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Conversations from the heart of the continent on Indigenous languages, music, culture, and art in the age of reconciliation.

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Conversations from the heart of the continent on Indigenous languages, music, culture, and art in the age of reconciliation.

    Episode Seven: A Conversation with Metis Activist and Musician Tristen Durocher

    Episode Seven: A Conversation with Metis Activist and Musician Tristen Durocher

    *trigger warning* This podcast episode discusses suicide and mental health struggles. 
     In this very special and touching episode, hosts Hannah Connelly and Bryna Link (Peguis First Nation), speak with young Metis activist and musician, Tristen Durocher. He shares about his recent walk and fast in order to grow awareness for suicide and mental health issues, specifically in Northern communities, how music plays a role in mental health resilience and in the truth and reconciliation journey, and his work as a fiddle teacher in Northern Manitoba. 
    Please follow Tristen Durocher on Facebook
    The music used in this podcast comes directly from the Li Keur, Riel's Heart of the North dramatic musical. In this episode, we also feature fiddler Alex Kusturok, playing the Red River Jig. You can visit his website for more: https://alexkusturok.com/bio
     
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    • 39 min
    Episode Six: A Conversation led by Dr. Suzanne Steele with Student Assistants Bryna Link and Hannah Connelly

    Episode Six: A Conversation led by Dr. Suzanne Steele with Student Assistants Bryna Link and Hannah Connelly

    In honour of the first week back to classes for most students, in this episode, Dr. Suzanne Steele, co-director of Li Keur, interviews the podcast hosts and research assistants, Bryna Link (Peguis First Nation) and Hannah Connelly. They discuss their backgrounds, the actual process of working with Indigenous translators and the creation of a language database, as well as how "doing small things with great love" (Mother Teresa), applies in the realm of reconciliation and the Li Keur production. 
     
    The music used in this podcast comes directly from the Li Keur, Riel's Heart of the North dramatic musical. In this episode, we also feature fiddler Alex Kusturok, playing the Red River Jig. You can visit his website for more: https://alexkusturok.com/bio
     
    Please visit our website, and follow us on social media!
     
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    • 41 min
    Episode Five: A Conversation with Metis Fiddler, Melissa St. Goddard

    Episode Five: A Conversation with Metis Fiddler, Melissa St. Goddard

    In this episode, Bryna Link (Peguis First Nation) and Hannah Connelly talk to Metis fiddler, and Manitoba local, Melissa St. Goddard. They discuss Melissa's experience growing up within the Metis fiddling community, her performance and teaching career, as well as the challenges and joys of bringing Metis fiddle music into a more formal opera setting with Li Keur, Riel's Heart of the North. 
     
    The music used in this podcast comes directly from the Li Keur, Riel's Heart of the North dramatic musical. In this episode, we also feature fiddler Alex Kusturok for our intro music, playing the Red River Jig. You can visit his website for more: https://alexkusturok.com/bio
     
    Please visit our website, and follow us on social media!
     
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    • 27 min
    Episode Four: A Conversation with Neil Weisensel, Co-Director and Composer for Li Keur, Riel's Heart of the North

    Episode Four: A Conversation with Neil Weisensel, Co-Director and Composer for Li Keur, Riel's Heart of the North

    In this episode, Bryna Link (Peguis First Nation) and Hannah Connelly speak with composer and co-director of the Li Keur production, Neil Weisensel. He shares about the beginnings of Li Keur, the careful process of collaboration in regards to Indigenous and non Indigenous artistry, and explains how he composed some pieces for the dramatic musical, namely Ni mayagenimaak (the Mending of Violence), sung by Julie Lumsden and Baptize Me in my Galilee. 
    Link to Ni mayagenimaak YouTube video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sVJbT96yFtI&feature=emb_title
    The music used in this podcast comes directly from the Li Keur, Riel's Heart of the North dramatic musical. In this episode, we also feature fiddler Alex Kusturok, playing the Red River Jig.  Please visit his website for more: https://alexkusturok.com/bio
     
    Please visit our website, and follow us on social media!
     
    http://www.rielheartofthenorth.com
    Twitter: @louisrielhotn
    Instagram: @heartofthenorthriel
    Facebook: Riel: Heart of the North

    • 39 min
    Episode Three: A Conversation with Will Goodon from the Manitoba Metis Federation

    Episode Three: A Conversation with Will Goodon from the Manitoba Metis Federation

    In this episode, Bryna Link (Peguis First Nation) and Hannah Connelly speak with Will Goodon, the Minister of Housing and Property Management for the Manitoba Metis Federation. He shares about his own experience growing up with deep connections to his Metis roots, the importance of bringing culture into the present, mental health, and also gives us a bit of teaser about the new Metis Heritage centre that is being built in Winnipeg. You can follow Will on Twitter @willgoodon and the Manitoba Metis Federation @MBMetis_MMF. 
     
     
    The music used in this podcast comes directly from the Li Keur, Riel's Heart of the North dramatic musical. In this episode, we also feature fiddler Alex Kusturok, playing the Red River Jig.  We apologize for any sound issues; with the pandemic circumstances, we are forced to remotely record our podcasts! 
     
    Please visit our website, and follow us on social media!
     
    http://www.rielheartofthenorth.com
    Twitter: @louisrielhotn
    Instagram: @heartofthenorthriel
    Facebook: Riel: Heart of the North

    • 45 min
    Episode Two: A Conversation with Baritone James Westman

    Episode Two: A Conversation with Baritone James Westman

    In this episode, Bryna Link (Peguis First Nation) and Hannah Connelly speak with renowned Canadian Baritone opera singer James Westman, who plays Louis Riel/Robideau in Li Keur, Riel's Heart of the North. They talk about Westman's journey from the Vienna Boys Choir to the opera stage, the influence of his mother, who played piano for June Carter and Johnny Cash, the importance of collaboration in the Truth and Reconciliation process and Covid-19's influence on the world of performing arts!
    The music used in this podcast comes directly from the Li Keur, Riel's Heart of the North opera. We apologize for any sound issues; with the pandemic circumstances, we are forced to remotely record our podcasts! 
     
    Please visit our website, and follow us on social media!
     
    http://www.rielheartofthenorth.com
     
    Twitter: @louisrielhotn
     
    Instagram: @heartofthenorthriel
     
    Facebook: Riel: Heart of the North
     

    • 37 min

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