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The Secret Life of Canada is a podcast about the country you know and the stories you don't. Join hosts Leah-Simone Bowen and Falen Johnson as they reveal the beautiful, terrible and weird histories of this land. Season 6 is here! New episodes every second Thursday.

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The Secret Life of Canada is a podcast about the country you know and the stories you don't. Join hosts Leah-Simone Bowen and Falen Johnson as they reveal the beautiful, terrible and weird histories of this land. Season 6 is here! New episodes every second Thursday.

Visit us at www.cbc.ca/secretlife for show links, transcripts and more!

Follow us on Instagram, Facebook, and TikTok.

Subscribe to Sounds Good: CBC's Podcast newsletter for the finest podcast recommendations and behind-the-scenes exclusives. 

    S6: Treaty 6

    S6: Treaty 6

    Deception, backdoor dealings, unfulfilled promises and Canada’s largest mass hanging. 
    Treaty 6 is one of the most well documented treaty signings in Canadian history. But what did it take to get there and why does it matter today? In this special episode Falen and Leah chat with guest Kyle Muzyka. They learn about all the mistranslations, misunderstandings and misinterpretations that were involved in the creation of Treaty 6. 

    For more links and more about this episode visit us at cbc.ca/secretlife.

    • 56 min
    Bonus: How to celebrate National Indigenous People’s Day all summer long

    Bonus: How to celebrate National Indigenous People’s Day all summer long

    Today we have a special bonus episode for you from our sibling show Unreserved, a fearless space for Indigenous voices. Host Rosanna Deerchild is ready to Indigenize your summer with a tastemaker’s guide to the best books, movies, podcasts (with Falen!) and more. 

    More episodes of Unreserved are available at: https://link.chtbl.com/JwTpaTTm

    • 52 min
    S6: The Royal Proclamation

    S6: The Royal Proclamation

    It’s been called the Indigenous Magna Carta and the Indigenous Bill of Rights. But what exactly does that mean? In this episode Falen and Leah dive into the history of the Royal Proclamation, a document that is often spoken about when discussing the history of Canada and Indigenous land rights. But what do we really know about it?

    Listen to our Crash Course on Beavers (as mentioned in the episode) here, and listen to our episode on Water here.

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    • 29 min
    S6: Crash Course on Private Mary Greyeyes

    S6: Crash Course on Private Mary Greyeyes

    A curious World War II-era photograph shows an unnamed woman in military uniform kneeling next to a man in a headdress who holds a pipe above her. We dig into the true story behind this photograph and the identity of this mystery woman.

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    • 10 min
    S6: Canadian Comedy

    S6: Canadian Comedy

    Comedy has been called one of Canada’s biggest exports. But why exactly is that, and why can’t the country seem to keep our funny people at home? In this episode Leah and Falen look at the roots of comedy in Canada and look into why Canadians are so funny wherever they are in the world. And RIP Just For Laughs?


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    • 44 min
    S6: Crash Course on The Persian

    S6: Crash Course on The Persian

    It’s another baking episode! This time Leah and Falen look at why Thunder Bay, Ontario has their own sweet roll that you can't find anywhere else. We find out how these sweet buns with pink frosting came to be and who Persians are named after (spoiler — it strangely has nothing to do with Persian people).

    For more links and more about this episode visit us at: www.cbc.ca/radio/secretlifeofcanada

    • 10 min

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