21 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 • 69 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.

    Mumilaaq Qaqqaq: leading change and defending human rights

    Mumilaaq Qaqqaq: leading change and defending human rights

    If you've been following Shayla for a while, you know that this episode has been highly anticipated. This week, host Shayla Stonechild is joined by Inuk politician, Mumilaaq Qaqqaq. Mumilaaq Qaqqaq (ᒧᒥᓛᖅ ᖃᖅᑲᖅ), is an Inuk woman, Member of Parliament, and human rights defender. Elected in 2019, she is one of the few people to have given a speech in the House of Commons before being elected. The two dive deep into how Mumilaaq got into politics, her experience as an Inuk woman in the House of Commons, and why she believes her ideologies were different from other politicians. Shayla and Mumilaaq discuss the differences between Inuit culture and other Indigenous cultures, and what life is like in the North. Mumilaaq explains her experience with the NDP party, and what she plans on doing next.
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    • 55 min
    Falen Johnson: The Future is Indigenous

    Falen Johnson: The Future is Indigenous

    This week, host Shayla Oulette Stonechild is joined by writer, podcaster, and CBC Radio host, Falen Johnson. Falen is Mohawk and Tuscarora (Bear Clan) from Six Nations Grand River Territory. Her writing has been featured in Brick, The Canadian Theatre Review, Granta Magazine, and she was named one to watch in 2020 by Maclean’s magazine. In this episode, Shayla and Falen discuss the importance of Indigenous storytelling and the necessity for Indigenous people to be in control of their own narratives. Falen discusses the power of rage and how this emotion should not be ignored, especially as Indigenous people continue to live through colonization. The two also discuss how Indigenous futurism is happening right now, as more Indigenous folks are making their own content and connecting with one another.
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    • 47 min
    Angela Sterritt: More than a reporter

    Angela Sterritt: More than a reporter

    This week, host Shayla Oulette Stonechild is joined by Vancouver-based, award-winning journalist, author, and artist from the Gitanmaax band of the Gitxsan nation, Angela Sterritt. In 2021, Angela won a Canadian Screen Award for reporter of the year for her coverage of an Indigenous man and his then 12-year-old granddaughter who was racially profiled and arrested while trying to open her first bank account at BMO. Furthermore, in 2020, Angela was nominated for the best local reporter by the Canadian Screen Awards for her reporting on Indigenous babies apprehended by the Ministry of Children and Family Development. In all of her work, Angela aims to break stereotypes, create meaningful change, and form relationships in Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities.
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    • 1 hr 7 min
    Chief Lady Bird: Beyond the artist

    Chief Lady Bird: Beyond the artist

    This week, host Shayla Oulette Stonechild is joined by Chippewa and Potawatomi artist from Rama First Nation and Moosedeer Point First Nation, Chief Lady Bird. You may have seen her thought-provoking artwork that explores contemporary colonialism and Indigenous futurism on murals in Toronto, or in illustrations for the Art Gallery of Ontario, Vice, and Flare Magazine. Chief Lady Bird is also a book illustrator, and in 2019, she illustrated the Scholastic children’s book Nibi’s Water Song by Sunshine Tenasco of Her Braids, which is being released in the US in Fall 2021. Tune in to listen to the duo discuss the importance of reconnection to land-based knowledge and various forms of love (self-love, lateral love, ancestral love).
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    • 57 min
    Monday Blues: finding inspiration in dual identities

    Monday Blues: finding inspiration in dual identities

    This week, host Shayla Oulette Stonechild is joined by guest Monday Blues. Monday is a Two-Spirit Togolese-Secwépemc showgirl, model, decolonial life & business coach, and jewelry designer. Monday is a grad of the Erickson International Coaching Program, and has been a professional burlesque performer since 2011. She has traveled the globe as a solo female adventurer and loves to live outside her comfort zone. Monday strives to exist without limits and hopes to help those who have also experienced marginalization feel just as empowered. She is a member of Virago Nation, an all-Indigenous burlesque troupe on a mission to reclaim Indigenous sexuality from the toxic effects of colonization, and signed with Supernaturals Modelling, an Indigenous boutique modelling agency.
    In this episode, Monday discusses the importance of being rooted in authenticity, and the journey she has been on towards reclaiming her two identities. The two discuss the importance of being rooted in ancestral knowledge, the anti-racism work both Shayla and Monday have been doing, and her exciting new jewellery line that launches on June 30th.
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    • 40 min
    Ashley Callingbull: making history and creating a new narrative

    Ashley Callingbull: making history and creating a new narrative

    Ashley Callingbull is a Cree First Nations woman from the Enoch Cree Nation in the province of Alberta, Canada. She is a model, actress, jingle dress dancer and First Nation’s activist who was the reigning Mrs. Universe 2015. She is perhaps best known for her role on the Gemini award-winning series Blackstone and Tribal, but her work goes well beyond the screen. Ashley is also an international motivational speaker who has spoken at Harvard University and TED Talks. She is devoted to her culture and people, and takes great pride in her Native Cree heritage, and has shown this through her volunteer work with community Elders and youth. Listen to this episode to hear Ashley's story, why she does the work that she does, and what her goals are for the future.
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    • 44 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
69 Ratings

69 Ratings

Anna Betz ,

Such an amazing podcast!!

This podcast is amazing! Shayla is an incredible host and is really skilled at interviewing. I am always so excited when a new episode is released. The one with Angela Sterritt was especially impactful and really challenged me as a journalism student. Shayla thank you so much for all the hard work that you and your team puts into this podcast, it does not go unnoticed.

cr2010 ,

Shayla is so thoughtful with her questions

I’ve followed Shayla on Instagram for a while now and she has been a serious role model for me as well as an amazing educator on indigenous rights and movements. This podcast really helps further explain those topics as well as bring current events to light. I love hearing and learning about indigenous past but learning about what is current, the positivity that comes from it, the struggles met with doing those things, and obviously who is leading the various things is so meaningful! I’ve listened to a few episodes now and will definitely listen to more and keep up with them all :).

Molly.FH ,

Powerful

Just finished Shayla’s episode with Nikki while I ran for the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Womxn across Turtle Island. I felt thankful to hear such strong voices share their stories and hearts. It re-charged me. And it reminded me of the good work left to be done by a community of trail blazers. Nya:Wen. Thank you. Asante. Excited to follow along the Matriarch Movement. ❤️

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