19 episodes

What do some of the most prominent and successful Indigenous artists, leaders and professors have in common? They aren’t Indigenous. 
There are hundreds of cases of Indigenous identity fraud that we know about, and likely thousands that we do not. So why do these so-called “pretendians” do it? How do they pull it off? And what happens when they are exposed? 
In each episode of this riveting new podcast series, co-hosts Robert Jago (Kwantlen First Nation and Nooksack Indian Tribe) and Angel Ellis (Muscogee (Creek) Nation) reveal unbelievable stories of audacious fraudsters and investigate the complex phenomenon of Indigenous identity theft. 


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    • 4.8 • 3.4K Ratings

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What do some of the most prominent and successful Indigenous artists, leaders and professors have in common? They aren’t Indigenous. 
There are hundreds of cases of Indigenous identity fraud that we know about, and likely thousands that we do not. So why do these so-called “pretendians” do it? How do they pull it off? And what happens when they are exposed? 
In each episode of this riveting new podcast series, co-hosts Robert Jago (Kwantlen First Nation and Nooksack Indian Tribe) and Angel Ellis (Muscogee (Creek) Nation) reveal unbelievable stories of audacious fraudsters and investigate the complex phenomenon of Indigenous identity theft. 


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    Interview with a Pretendian

    Interview with a Pretendian

    Why do people pretend to be Native? Hosts Robert Jago (Kwantlen First Nation and Nooksack Indian Tribe) Angel Ellis (Muscogee (Creek) Nation) begin their journey by asking someone who has been doing just that. 
    He’s not just your average imposter – "Grand Chief" Guillaume Carle is the king of the “pretendians", a French Canadian who made a small fortune creating his own fake First Nation and issuing phony Indian Status Cards to thousands of other identity thieves. 

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    • 37 min
    Pretending in Prison

    Pretending in Prison

    Marvin "Casper" Ouimet was your ordinary terrifying Hells Angel mob boss until he was sent to prison for conspiracy to commit murder. That's where he declared himself to be Indigenous. The prison asked no questions, and granted him access to a special program for Native inmates, in which prisoners get private cells, spiritual guidance, better food and ultimately – reduced sentences. But what about the real Natives in these programs?

    Hosts: Robert Jago & Angel Ellis 
    Credits: Jesse Brown (Publisher, Executive Producer), Caleb Thompson (Audio Editor, Mixer), Karyn Pugliese (Editor-in-Chief)   
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    • 29 min
    Make Native America Great Again

    Make Native America Great Again

    Oklahoma's Republican governor Kevin Stitt is a card-carrying member of the Cherokee Nation. So why is he also considered the most "anti-Native governor" in history? A look at his family history reveals some wild surprises, and shows how Indigenous identity can be used as a weapon against Native nations.
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    • 31 min
    Pretendian Hunters

    Pretendian Hunters

    What happens when Pretendian investigations go wrong? Robert talks to Jaqueline Keeler, the person behind the “Alleged Pretendians List". Then, he talks to Kiros Auld, whose name appeared on that controversial list. The problem? Kiros is legitimately native.

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    Coming Soon: Pretendians (Official Trailer)

    Coming Soon: Pretendians (Official Trailer)

    What do some of the most prominent and successful Indigenous artists, leaders and thinkers have in common? They aren’t Indigenous.  
    From major universities, to the halls of power, to Hollywood, there are people claiming to be Indigenous in the interest of power, money, and status. There are dozens of outrageous cases of Indigenous identity fraud that we know about, and likely thousands that we do not. 
    So why do these so-called “Pretendians” do it? How do they pull it off? And what happens when they are exposed?  
    Find out on Tuesday, May 14.

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    • 59 sec
    Post-Mortem, Part 1

    Post-Mortem, Part 1

    For over five years, Canadaland has been investigating Thunder Bay, Ontario. Specifically, we have been trying to figure out why there were so many unanswered questions around the deaths of Indigenous people in this one Ontario town.
    We have looked at the cops. The schools. The courts. The  government. The people in the town itself. But we never looked at the coroners and the forensic pathologists who are a central part of death investigations. And once we started to do so, freedom of information requests and leaked reports pointed to even greater problems with how deaths are investigated, that could span the entire province. 
    And so we went back to Thunder Bay.
    Host: Jesse Brown 
    Credits: Cherise Seucharan (Reporter), Jon Thompson (Reporter), Ryan McMahon (Reporter), Tristan Capacchione (Audio Editor and Technical Producer), Bruce Thorson (Senior Producer), Annette Ejiofor (Managing Editor), Karyn Pugliese (Editor-in-Chief)
    Further reading: 

    Lawyer says families 'ignored' as Broken Trust final report on death reinvestigations expected within weeks, CBC News, Feb 15, 2022Reports on racism and a reckoning for Thunder Bay, TVO Today, Jan 17, 2019Ontario coroners looking to unionize over working conditions, upcoming reforms, CBC News, June 14, 2023Horwath calls for review of Hamilton forensic pathology unit closure, CBC News, August 23, 2019'Disappointing' response so far to 7 youth inquest recommendations, says Aboriginal Legal Services, CBC News, August 23, 2017Thunder Bay TV series, Crave
    Additional music by Audio Network
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    • 39 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
3.4K Ratings

3.4K Ratings

TebsM ,

Great

I’ve been saving this podcast to binge. Just finished E1 and mother of pearl its even better than expected. I mean I knew it would be goon but I didn’t expect a master class if how to interview a grifter while not letting on that you’re on to the grift. The measured tone and patience was awe inspiring.

rswhittaker ,

10/10 Interviewing

As someone who felt that they were picking their jaw up off the floor throughout the entire interview with the “Grand Chief”, I was so impressed with how absolutely unflappable Robert was. Angel and Robert have a great dynamic and the first episode interviewing was tops — looking forward to more!

Bert_rum ,

Pretendians = promising start!

Just listened to the first episode, and I’m already hooked! The hosts are genuine and funny (without trying to be TOO funny, you know?) and the stories are as wild as any Netflix con-artist/scamfluencer documentary. Followed, and will definitely be checking the feed for new episodes.

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