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A weekly roundtable about Indigenous issues and events in Canada and beyond. Hosted by Rick Harp.

MEDIA INDIGENA : Indigenous current affairs Rick Harp

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    • 4.7, 165 Ratings

A weekly roundtable about Indigenous issues and events in Canada and beyond. Hosted by Rick Harp.

    Inuit Knowledge and Heavens (ep 210)

    Inuit Knowledge and Heavens (ep 210)

    On this week’s episode: “Indigenous Knowledge and Heavens,” the title of a talk delivered earlier this year by Inuk scholar, Dr. Karla Jessen Williamson.
    An Assistant Professor of Educational Foundations at the University of Saskatchewan, the Greenland-born academic is the first Inuk to be tenured at a Canadian university.
    Following Williamson’s lecture—the fourth in the 2019/20 Weweni Indigenous Scholars Speaker Series, organized by the University of Winnipeg’s Office of Indigenous Engagement—she sat down with MEDIA INDIGENA host/producer Rick Harp to discuss gender relations in post-colonial Greenland Inuit communities, and why she argues “genderlessness” is closer to their realities.
    // Our theme is 'nesting' by birocratic.

    • 43 min
    Scoping out Indigenous reaction to Canada's weapons ban (ep 209)

    Scoping out Indigenous reaction to Canada's weapons ban (ep 209)

    THIS WEEK: Weapons and exceptions. The Liberal government’s recently-announced ban on 1500 types of assault weapons is not going over well with certain gun owners. Could the exemption for, among others, Indigenous hunters make them a target? We cover which weapons the ban covers, and whether Canada always walks its talk concerning violence.
    Joining host/producer Rick Harp at the roundtable once again are Ken Williams, assistant professor with the University of Alberta’s department of drama, and Associate Professor of Indigenous Studies at York University Brock Pitawanakwat.
    // Our theme is 'nesting' by birocratic.

    • 25 min
    Internet Voting in Indian Country (ep 208)

    Internet Voting in Indian Country (ep 208)

    THIS WEEK: 21st century voting, 19th century colonialism. An Ontario First Nation feels frustrated by the fact that, just weeks away from its June election, it still hasn’t got the green light from Indigenous Services Canada to hold their own vote under their own rules. Rules that include on-line voting, a system they say is critical amid concerns of COVID-19.
    Joining host/producer Rick Harp to discuss the delay and whether turning democracy digital in Indian Country is a good thing or not are Ken Williams, assistant professor with the University of Alberta’s department of drama, and Brock Pitawanakwat, Associate Professor of Indigenous Studies at York University.
    // Our theme is 'nesting' by birocratic.

    • 37 min
    The Battle O' Butter (ep 207)

    The Battle O' Butter (ep 207)

    THIS WEEK: Butter blowback. With next to no fanfare, the makers of Land O’ Lakes butter have stripped their packaging of a decades-old iconic Indian maiden. Prompting pouts a-plenty from some Settlers who found the switch distasteful—a butter backlash that spread across social media. But, no surprise, #NativeTwitter was more than ready with a flurry of counter-memes. Joining host/producer Rick Harp to share some of their favorites, plus discuss some of the ambivalent history behind the box, are roundtable regulars Candis Callison, associate professor in the School of Journalism at UBC, and Kim TallBear, associate professor in the Faculty of Native Studies at the University of Alberta, as well as special guest Tim Fontaine, the big bird brain behind Walking Eagle News.
    // Our theme is 'nesting' by birocratic.

    • 47 min
    Politics and public health in a pandemic (Ep 206)

    Politics and public health in a pandemic (Ep 206)

    Patient privacy, public protection: they can feel at odds in this era of coronavirus. And yet, when it comes to the impacts of the virus on black and brown people, some say there’s not enough information being captured and communicated. But could knowing who is infected risk stigma in turn?
    Tackling these thorny questions and more with host/producer Rick Harp this week are Candis Callison, Associate Professor in the Institute for Critical Indigenous Studies and the Graduate School of Journalism at UBC, as well as Kim TallBear, associate professor in the Faculty of Native Studies at the University of Alberta and Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Peoples, Technoscience & Environment.
    // Our theme is ‘nesting’ by birocratic.

    • 54 min
    Coping and Commiserating in the Corona Era (Ep. 205)

    Coping and Commiserating in the Corona Era (Ep. 205)

    THIS WEEK: Corona commiseration. It’s the topic on everyone’s mind, all the time—which itself can be a challenge, for us included. Inundated with infection information, how much might be too much for our mental health? It’s a real question: with so many media already covering Covid-19, should we? Joining host/producer Rick Harp to share their thoughts on exactly that and more are Ken Williams, assistant professor with the University of Alberta’s department of drama, and Brock Pitawanakwat, Associate Professor of Indigenous Studies at York University.
    // Music: “Surreal Forest,” by Meydän; ‘nesting’ by birocratic (intro/extro theme).

    • 55 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
165 Ratings

165 Ratings

Shmohawk ,

About time

I’ve been waiting for a radio program or podcast that would make clear, explain, simplify, and otherwise dig deeper into the world of national Indigenous issues made complicated by the pretzel logic of non-indigneous Canada. I’ve described the experience of our lives -- as portrayed by Canadians -- to seeing ourselves portrayed as if through a convex lens that projects an image upside down and blurry on a focal plane. You guys help focus things right-side up. THX.

Meowy Marnel ,

Enriching Perspectives

Thought-provoking, informative, and delivered with humour. Thank you for the deep thought put into the perspectives shared. I hope to see the seedling of an idea to spotlight positive change now and then too will come to fruition, as discussed in a recent episode (end of 2019),. But don’t stop doing what you’re doing.

RWoodmass ,

My favorite podcast

Rick and all his guests bring a super valuable and interesting perspective and this podcast is my favorite on the air. Especially love when they take sarcastic jabs at settler/colonialist nonsense. Keep up the good work! ✨

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