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Ahkameyimok Podcast with Perry Bellegarde Perry Bellegarde, former National Chief, Assembly of First Nations

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    Catherine McKenna: The Best of Ahkameyimok - The Political Interviews

    Catherine McKenna: The Best of Ahkameyimok - The Political Interviews

    ENCORE PRESENTATION
    ***With the Akhameyimok Podcast on summer hiatus and a federal election now underway, we are re-running National Chief Bellegarde's  best interviews from the past year with leaders and senior members of the main federal political parties to help provide a sense of where they stand on issues important to First Nations and Indigenous people. ****
    ***This interview with the Liberal Government's Industry Minister, Catherine McKenna, was first posted on April 22, 2021***
     
    On this special Earth Day episode of the Ahkameyimok Podcast, Catherine McKenna, the Federal Minister of Infrastructure and Communities and a former Environment Minister, joins National Chief Bellegarde to discuss the $6 billion in funding for First Nations specific infrastructure projects in the latest Federal budget, why she instructed the Canadian Infrastructure Bank to set aside $1billion in loans for Indigenous specific investments and why infrastructure is a big part of the fight against Climate Change and what role First Nations play in that.
    To learn more about the $1 billion Canadian Infrastructure Bank Indigenous loan program, visit:
    https://cib-bic.ca/en/partner-with-us/growth-plan/indigenous-infrastructure/
    For more on the work of the Assembly of First Nations, visit:
    AFN.ca
    The Ahkemeyimok Podcast is produced by David McGuffin of Explore Podcast Productions in Ottawa
    And a big thanks to the Red Dog Singers, Treaty 4 Territory in Saskatchewan, for our theme song, Intertribal.

    • 30 min
    Erin O'Toole: Best of Ahkameyimok - The Political Interviews

    Erin O'Toole: Best of Ahkameyimok - The Political Interviews

    ENCORE PRESENTATION
    ***With the Akhameyimok Podcast on summer hiatus and a federal election now underway, we are re-running National Chief Bellegarde's  best interviews from the past year with leaders and senior members of the main federal political parties to help provide a sense of where they stand on issues important to First Nations and Indigenous people. ****
    ***This interview with Erin O'Toole was first posted on August 19/2020, just before he won the leadership of federal Conservative Party***
    Erin O'Toole is one of the front-runners to become the next federal Conservative Party leader in a vote that takes place Friday, August 21st 2020. In this, his first interview with the Ahkameyimok Podcast, O'Toole lays out his vision for working with First Nations if he were to become leader and Prime Minister. In this interesting and wide ranging interview, National Chief Perry Bellegarde gets O'Toole's views on reconciliation, the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People, cooperation in resource development and management, systemic racism, policing and more.
    Please note: Peter MacKay and Leslyn Lewis, the other main Conservative leadership candidates, were also invited onto the podcast but declined due to their campaign schedules.
    Erin O’Toole is the Member of Parliament for the southern Ontario riding of Durham, just to the east of Toronto. He was first elected to Parliament in 2012 and served as Minister of Veterans Affairs in the Harper Government. He is a veteran of the Royal Canadian Air Force and a graduate of the Royal Military College. He also has a law degree from Dalhousie University. Before moving into politics he practiced corporate law in Toronto.
    A special thanks goes out to the Red Dog Singers of Treaty 4 territory in Saskatchewan for providing the theme music for this podcast.
    The Ahkameyimok Podcast is produced in Ottawa by David McGuffin of Explore Podcast Productions.
     
     

    • 45 min
    Kevin Hearn of the Barenaked Ladies - Norval Morrisseau Documentary

    Kevin Hearn of the Barenaked Ladies - Norval Morrisseau Documentary

    "I just wanted to buy a painting, really."
    Kevin Hearn of the Barenaked Ladies is our guest on this episode of #Ahkameyimok. He and Perry talk about his new documentary, "There Are No Fakes," which exposes a massive art forgery ring surrounding the work of legendary Ojibwe painter, Norval Morrisseau.
    When the Barenaked Ladies started producing chart topping, international hit songs in the late '90's, Kevin Hearn decided he could now afford to buy a painting by his favourite artist, Norval Morrisseau, whose abstract works of Indigenous inspired woodland scenes are celebrated in galleries around the world. Little did Hearn know that that purchase, which turned out to be a fake, would draw him into a bizarre, dangerous and heartbreaking world of art fraud that is destroying the legacy of one of Canada's greatest artists.
    The documentary "There Are No Fakes," tells Hearns story. It was featured at HotDocs in Toronto and is now available to watch for free on TV Ontario at TVO.org
    The Ahkameyimok Podcast is produced by David McGuffin of Explore Podcast Productions.
    Our theme music is by the Red Dog Singers from Treaty 4 Territory in southern Saskatchewan.
     
     

    • 29 min
    What Brings You Hope?

    What Brings You Hope?

    As National Chief, Perry Bellegarde has always focused on the importance hope: "Always leave more hope in a room than was there when you arrived."
    Over the 57 episodes of the Ahkameyimok Podcast, no matter how difficult the conversation or the issue, he always ends by asking his guests this question:
    What brings you hope?
    As his time as National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations comes to an end, after choosing not to seek re-election, we are looking back at some of his favorite answers to that question about hope.
    They are inspiring, thought provoking and speak to a better future for First Nations.
    01: 18 -- Chief Willie Littlechild - former TRC Commissioner, Member of Parliament, lawyer, social activist and author of the first draft of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People.
    02:24 Dr Lorna Williams - Canada's leading expert on the promotion and revival of Indigenous languages.
    4:14 William Prince - Award winning and chart topping country music star
    6:30 Rt Hon Brian Mulroney - Canada's 18th Prime Minister
    7:40 Dr Dan Longboat - Founding Director of Trent University's Indigenous Environmental Science Program
    10:42 Marion Crowe - CEO of the First Nations Health Managers Association
    11:41 Wade Davis, best-selling author, film-maker, explorer, UBC Anthropology Professor
    12:32 Mary Ellen Turpel Lafond - fmr judge, law professor, children's advocate
    14:27 Jagmeet Singh - Leader of the federal New Democratic Party of Canada
    15:13 Bobbie Jo Greenland-Morgan - Grand Chief of the Gwich'in Tribal Council
    17:40 Kevin Loring - Artistic Director of the Indigenous Theatre, National Arts Centre, Ottawa
    19:40 Elder Wilfred Buck - leading First Nations astronomy and star lore expert
    21:52 Senator Kim Pate - international expert in legal and prison reform
    24:01 Brigadier-General Joe Paul, the highest ranking First Nations officer in the Canadian Armed Forces
    25:12 Brad Regehr - The first First Nations President of the Canadian Bar Association
    26:21 Louise Bernice Halfe - Canada's first Indigenous Parliamentary Poet Laureate
    28:05 Dr Alika Lafontaine - the first Indigenous person elected as the President of the Canadian Medical Association
    30:03 Romeo Saganash, former Member of Parliament, and leading advocate for the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People.
    31:41 Conner Roulette, First Nations gold medal winning junior hockey star
    33:09 Chief Cadmus Delorme, Cowessess First Nation, home to 751 unmarked graves found at the Marieval Residential School
    34:30 Tom Jackson, actor, musician, social activist
    36:36 Marie Wilson, former Commissioner, Truth and Reconciliation Commission
    The Akhameyimok Podcast is produced by David McGuffin of Explore Podcast Productions
    Theme music is by the Red Dog Singers, Treaty 4 territory, Saskatchewan
    For more on the work of the Assembly of First Nations, visit AFN.ca
     

    • 39 min
    751 UNMARKED GRAVES - MARIEVAL RESIDENTIAL SCHOOL

    751 UNMARKED GRAVES - MARIEVAL RESIDENTIAL SCHOOL

    On this Canada Day, a special episode on the devastating and ongoing impact of the Residential School system. The shocking find of 751 unmarked graves at the site of the former Marieval Indian Residential School in Saskatchewan is another heartbreaking validation of survivor accounts of the horrifying abuse and neglect Indigenous children endured at these government funded, church run institutions, whose main aim was wiping out Indigenous culture and identity. Nowhere has the heartbreak been felt stronger than in the Cowessess First Nation, where Marieval operated from 1898 to 1996. Cadmus Delorme is the Chief of the Cowessess First Nation and joins Ahkameyimok to describe what it was like finding so many graves, how they were found, the impact on the community, what needs to be done to begin healing, what justice looks like for the children buried there and what advice he has for other First Nations searching for children who died or were killed at Residential Schools.
    ***The Indian Residential Schools Crisis Line is available 24-hours a day for anyone experiencing pain or distress as a result of his or her Residential school experience. 1-866-925-4419***
    For more on the work of the Assembly of First Nations, please visit AFN.ca
    The Ahkameyimok Podcast is produced by David McGuffin of Explore Podcast Productions.
    Our theme music is provided by the Red Dog Singers from Treaty 4 Territory in Saskatchewan.
     

    • 24 min
    Ron Ignace: First Indigenous Languages Commissioner

    Ron Ignace: First Indigenous Languages Commissioner

    "For those of us who are survivors of the oppression of our languages and the part of the cultural and physical genocide brought on us by the Church and State that ran Residential Schools... the day the that Bill C-91, the Indigenous Languages Act, received Royal Assent was a memorable occasion that was long overdue."
    This week, Ron Ignace was appointed as Canada's first ever Indigenous Languages Commissioner. He joins the Ahkameyimok Podcast to talk about his new job, what he hopes to achieve, success stories in the revitalization of Indigenous languages, his experiences at the Kamloops Indian Residential School, and how he was able to keep his Secwepemctsin language despite efforts to beat it out of him at that school.
    Stsmél̓qen, Ron Ignace, is a member of the Secwepemc Nation in British Columbia and a fluent speaker of Secwepemctsin. He was the elected chief of the Skeetchestn Indian Band for more than 30 years. He has a PhD in Anthropology from Simon Fraser University with a dissertation on Secwepemc oral history. From 2016-2021, he co-chaired the Assembly of First Nations' Chiefs Committee on Languages, where he played an instrumental role in the development and passage of Bill C-91, the Indigenous Languages Act.
    For more on the Assembly of First Nations work on Indigenous Languages and other issues, visit AFN.ca
    The Ahkameyimok Podcast is produced by David McGuffin of Explore Podcast Productions.
    Our theme music, Intertribal, is by the Red Dog Singers, Treaty 4 Territory in southern Saskatchewan.
     
     

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