11 episodes

Listen to the voices and lived experiences of some famous and the rest of us not so famous Canadians as we make our journey to becoming Elders.
Some guests are change agents, creators, movers, and shakers and others more quietly trying to get through the day.
Thought provoking, surprising, heart warming and maybe even a little frightening.
It's a pandemic, climate catastrophic inspired adventure. A virtual road trip across Canada. Fasten your seatbelt!

The Elder Files Angela Bennett

    • Society & Culture
    • 5.0 • 4 Ratings

Listen to the voices and lived experiences of some famous and the rest of us not so famous Canadians as we make our journey to becoming Elders.
Some guests are change agents, creators, movers, and shakers and others more quietly trying to get through the day.
Thought provoking, surprising, heart warming and maybe even a little frightening.
It's a pandemic, climate catastrophic inspired adventure. A virtual road trip across Canada. Fasten your seatbelt!

    Canadian Elder Law Reform

    Canadian Elder Law Reform

    This content may be provocative for some listeners.
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    This is a sobering listen to the need for policy and law reform on behalf of Canadian elders; intimate partner violence, care and decision making challenges for our elder queer communities, and the need for incorporation of Indigenous laws and practices that currently reside outside of Canada’s current colonial legislation.  I couldn't help but ask how Krista survived the patriarchy of corporate law along the way.
     

    • 54 min
    Who is Merrell-Ann Phare? Water Rights, Decolonization, and a Prickly Podcast

    Who is Merrell-Ann Phare? Water Rights, Decolonization, and a Prickly Podcast

    Merrell-Ann Phare is a master class in Canadian humility, vision & transformation.  She is a powerhouse living into the work & difficult conversations of reconciliation and decolonisation.
    Merrell-Ann is a lawyer, author and the founding Executive Director of the Centre for Indigenous Environmental Resources, a national First Nation charitable environmental organisation.
    While Merrell-Ann started her working journey in the 1980's, one of a few women on the Canadian railroad, a tragic near death experience crystallised her vision for a life of purpose and transformation.
    Porcupines?! What?!  

    • 44 min
    Donnie Rosa

    Donnie Rosa

    We kick it off during the hottest of times in British Columbia where global warming is burning forests and heat related deaths & temps are at an unprecedented high.  Donnie shares their take on what that’s like  from Vancouver where the realities are ‘shockingly real’.  
    Nor could we turn away from the shockingly real genocide of Indigenous peoples as hundreds and perhaps many more hundreds of Indigenous children's remains are discovered in unmarked graves on the sites of BC residential schools. 
    Oh Canada...
    We revisit Donnie’s significant first career experience as an elite hockey player, coach and captain who only in retrospect sees the opportunities that opened doors for women in hockey for years to come.
    Donnie’s current role and scope of professional work as the GM for the Vancouver Park Board encompasses climate action, and an ambitious commitment to the de-colonisation of organisational practices and policies.
     The big gift for us here is Donnie Rosa.  They shed light & hope for us many who continue to live in deliberate silence for fear we might hear our own truths.
    This is Donnie Rosa. 
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    • 37 min
    At The Intersection of Sexism, Racism, and Ageism.

    At The Intersection of Sexism, Racism, and Ageism.

    Andre Picard is an award winning journalist, investigative health reporter & author. He has received honorary doctorates from six universities, including UBC and the University of Toronto. Despite the deserved acclaim Andre remains humble and is a passionate champion for Canadians.
    Andre’s recent bestseller is a must read for all ages, Neglected No More - The Urgent Need to Improve the Lives of Canada's Elders in the Wake of a Pandemic.  Andre responds to my question of genocide ongoing against Canada's elders, “Geronticide, the slaughter of  the elderly is what we saw during covid.”
    Andre shares a bit about what’s important to him now as he commences his own elder journey,  and we chat a bit about my own favourite subject, women.  Merci Monsieur Picard!

    • 30 min
    Tom Wilson - Blood Memory

    Tom Wilson - Blood Memory

    Tom Wilson is an iconic Canadian musician, modern Mohawk visual artist, & masterful storyteller.  As a child Tom dreamed of sailing on the back of a large turtle along a river returning to a man he knew only in his dreams until at age 53 Tom learns he was adopted and his birth mother is a beautiful Mohawk woman from Kahnawake along the St. Lawrence Seaway just outside Montreal.  Tom joins us from Hamilton, Ontario where he continues to create stunning visual art and is writing his second book, Blood Memory. 

    • 34 min
    Sue Lantz - Tackling the Humanitarian Crisis of Elder Care in Canada

    Sue Lantz - Tackling the Humanitarian Crisis of Elder Care in Canada

    The failure of the current paradigm of elder community & care In Canada, amplified by the pandemic, seems bleak and without hope.  Whether you are young adults with parents who  are in their late 50's perhaps with their eyes still wide shut, or you have entered your early 60s with eyes pryed open by the undeniable development that comes with age, the work of Sue Lantz is a beacon of hope and opportunity to re-imagine and co-create new a vibrant elder life and a game-changer for later stage care. 
     

    • 48 min

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Great conversations and super inspiring as I round the corner to my elder years. Yet so relevant to adults of all ages!