35 episodes

On Matriarch Movement, host Shayla Oulette Stonechild shares stories of Indigenous women, from Canada to Turtle Island and beyond. Through interviews where issues facing Indigenous women are brought to light, and with portraits that challenge the mainstream narrative around Indigenous identity, Matriarch Movement offers up a new category of Indigenous role models, to inspire the next seven generations.

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    • 4.7 • 109 Ratings

On Matriarch Movement, host Shayla Oulette Stonechild shares stories of Indigenous women, from Canada to Turtle Island and beyond. Through interviews where issues facing Indigenous women are brought to light, and with portraits that challenge the mainstream narrative around Indigenous identity, Matriarch Movement offers up a new category of Indigenous role models, to inspire the next seven generations.

    Asia Youngman: Telling Authentic Stories

    Asia Youngman: Telling Authentic Stories

    In this first 2022 episode of Matriarch Movement, Shayla welcomes award-winning Cree/Métis director and screenwriter, Asia Youngman. Asia’s films have been screened at a variety of festivals including the Toronto International Film Festival, the St. Louis International Film Festival, and the imagineNATIVE Film and Media Arts Festival. Her latest film, HATHA, received support from the Harold Greenberg Fund and Creative BC through the BC Shorts Program and premiered at the 40th Vancouver International Film Festival. Asia is an alumna from the TIFF Filmmaker Lab, the TIFF Talent Accelerator, the Canadian Academy Directors Program for Women, the Berlinale DocSalon Toolbox Programme and the Netflix-BANFF Diversity of Voices Initiative. She is the owner of Visceral Village Productions which she founded in 2019.
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    • 32 min
    Dr. Shannon Prince: Discussing Law, Matriarchy and Heritage

    Dr. Shannon Prince: Discussing Law, Matriarchy and Heritage

    This week on Matriarch Movement, host Shayla Oulette Stonechild is joined by Dr. Shannon Prince, Attorney, Legal Commentator, and Author of Cherokee descent. Her book Tactics for Racial Justice: Building an Antiracist Organization and Community is forthcoming from Routledge on November 30th as part of the Giving Voice to Values series. She represents the Cherokee Nation in its landmark lawsuit against the opioid industry for causing the opioid epidemic on its reservation as well as the Oneida Indian Nation and is helping launch her firm’s Tribal Affairs Task Force.
    Dr. Prince has also done volunteer work creating resources for Native American nations seeking to gain federal recognition and is trained in Native American mediation practices. She earned her bachelor’s degree magna c*m laude from Dartmouth College, her law degree from Yale Law School, and her master’s degree and doctorate from Harvard University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. Her writing has been published in Indian Country Today, I Am Where I Come From: Native American College Students and Graduates Tell Their Life Stories, and Native American Voices, among other venues. She is an avid fancy shawl dancer, medicine keeper, yogi, and beadworker.
    In this episode, Shannon discusses how she got into law, her experience in university, and talks about being a matriarch and being a good ancestor. She also talks about her Cherokee background and how her cultural practices have helped her ground herself in her career and life, her experience being the only Black, Indigenous or person of colour in a room, and shares advice to the younger generation on how to get into law.
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    • 48 min
    Jessica Barudin: Bringing People Together Through Movement

    Jessica Barudin: Bringing People Together Through Movement

    This week, host Shayla Oulette Stonechild is joined by Jessica Barudin. Jessica is Kwakwa̱ka̱ʼwakw, a member of the 'Namgis First Nation with ties to the Kwakiutl and Haxwamis on her mother’s side and Russian-Jewish on her father’s side. She is a proud mother of two daughters, wife, Sundancer, Indigenous health researcher, yoga teacher and doula. She has spent the last ten years working professionally in Indigenous peoples’ health and education including a variety of roles in health research, health promotion, project management, and community engagement. Jessica has a Masters of Applied Science in Physical Therapy from the McGill University and an Undergraduate Degree in Human Kinetics from the University of British Columbia. She currently works with the First Nations Health Authority as the Traditional Wellness Specialist for Vancouver Island.
    Listen to this episode to hear Shayla and Jessica discuss going from urban life in Montreal back to her home community in Vancouver Island, Jessica’s Kwakwaka’wakw heritage, her process of becoming a yoga teacher in 2012, and how the wellness industry has changed since then; further, they discuss the First Nations Womens’ Yoga Initiative, and the cohort of Indigenous women and Two-Spirit people she has brought together during quarantine to learn and practice yoga, and how she has integrated her language into this practice.
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    • 49 min
    Jessica Matten: using your privilege

    Jessica Matten: using your privilege

    Jessica Matten is of Red River Metis-Cree descent and is directly a descendant of Cuthbert Grant, the first rebel Metis leader famously known for the Battle of the Seven Oaks in Canada. Most recently, Jessica is set to star in Robert Redford, George R.R. Martin (Game of Thrones) and Graham Roland's produced "Dark Winds" television series opposite Zahn McClarnon and Kiowa Gordon for the AMC Network this Fall 2021. You can find Jessica on 3 Canadian Screen Award nominated and winning shows: Frontier, Blackstone and Mohawk Girls. She has also developed a small cult following in North America for her performance in the starring role of ElleMaija Tailfeather's short film, "A Red Girl's Reasoning".
    Besides acting, Jessica runs an Indigenous wellness and fitness company with her family called Lemon Cree where
    which has helped thousands of Indigenous people achieve their fitness, wellness and health goals. She also runs the
    viral campaign #N8Vgirls to help spread awareness globally on the issue of murdered and missing Indigenous
    women in Canada.
    Listen to this episode to hear Shayla and Jessica discuss the similarities in their upbringings, using privilege to uplift other Indigenous people in the film industry, fitness and how Jessica does her own stunts, the unglamorous side of acting, Jessica's friendship with Jason Mamoa, how limited resources are on reserves, and missing and murdered Indigenous women, girls, and two-spirit—along with why this cause hits so close to home for Jessica.
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    • 45 min
    Aly Bear: the laws come from the land

    Aly Bear: the laws come from the land

    Aly Bear (Tatanka Ska Win) is a proud mother and descendant of Dakota, Anishinaabe and Nehiyaw heritage. She is a member of the Whitecap Dakota First Nation where her father, Darcy Bear, currently serves as the Nation's Chief. Aly has worked tirelessly to advance her education while balancing her duties as a single parent. She obtained her juris doctor from the University of Saskatchewan, College of Law, in 2020. Since, Aly worked on a wide range of files, including corporate commercial, labour and employment, civil litigation and intellectual property. However, her passion and primary focus as a lawyer has been, and continues to be, revitalizing and implementing traditional Indigenous laws and finding expression for these laws in modern-day Indigenous governance structures. One of the highlights of Aly's legal career to date has been the opportunity to work on the Whitecap Dakota First Nation's Self Government and Dakota Treaty files.
    After much thought and careful consideration, Aly has decided to run for third Vice-Chief of the Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations. Aly is passionate about her roots, and connecting to her identity through ceremony.
    In this episode, Aly talks about being from Saskatchewan, what law school was like as a single mother, why she went into law, how reclaiming the Indigenous governance systems with the 7 sacred teachings, rather than the western governance systems, is so crucial, the negative effects of western law's fragmented systems, the need for sacred Indigenous ceremonial space in public settings, and the RCMP in Canada.
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    • 45 min
    Nicole McLaren: a safe space to learn

    Nicole McLaren: a safe space to learn

    This week, host Shayla Oulette Stonechild is joined by Nicole McLaren. Nicole is a mother, wife and entrepreneur at heart. Her steady search for opportunities, combined with her enterprising, Indigenous roots led her to launch Raven Reads – a subscription box featuring literature and goods from Indigenous authors and entrepreneurs across North America. Nicole is also the Founder and Chair of the Indigenous Women’s Business Network, an expanding non-profit network that provides support for other Indigenous women looking to start or grow their own businesses.
    In this episode, the duo discusses Nicole's journey to entrepreneurship, the grassroots origins of Raven Reads, how Nicole's commute laid the groundwork for Raven Reads, what it's like to be an Indigenous Entrepreneur and the challenges she has surmounted as a result, being a mother, how a Raven Reads box is curated, creating a safe space for non-Indigenous people to learn about Indigenous people, being Metis and feeling disconnected from her heritage, and some tips for Indigenous entrepreneurs.
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    • 30 min

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