National Indigenous Peoples Day: Voices to Listen to

In honour of June 21st, we want to help educate and inspire all people lucky enough to call this land their home.

By: Jen Moss, CCO

In honour of National Indigenous Peoples Day in Canada, the team at JAR Audio wants to take this moment to express our deepest respect to the First Nations, Inuit, and Métis people of this land. As creators, we want to share our particular gratitude to all the Indigenous writers, performers, and artists out there who continually raise (and/or redefine) the bar in Canada’s creative industries, while lighting the way for all of us, through the darkness of both historical and contemporary injustices, towards truth and reconciliation.

The co-founders of our company live and work on the beautiful lands of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) people, and we feel grateful every day to be here. Our employees are situated all across North America and connected via the Internet. As a company, we are learning to understand that all spaces – whether terrestrial or digital – require a diversity of voices to be healthy. And all spaces contain opportunities for decolonization in various forms.

The creative ground we stand on is Indigenous ground. As podcasters, we are oral storytellers. The first peoples of Canada, with their vibrant traditions of oral storytelling, are the real vanguard of this art form. At JAR, we are already actively looking for ways to engage more with Indigenous creators – and will continue to look for opportunities to do this in the coming year.

Here are some excellent Indigenous-led podcasts to help educate and inspire all people lucky enough to call this land their home.

Métis Speaker Series – from the Métis Nation British Columbia

Hosted by our good friend Darian Kovacs, this warm and authentic interview show celebrates artists, musicians, and other leaders from the Métis community. Check out this recent episode Celebrating Métis Art, with the unfailingly modest, thoughtful, and wildly talented artist, Christi Belcourt.

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The Urbariginal – CBC British Columbia

Tsimshian author and entertainer Rudy Kelly delves into his father’s legacy and finds himself on a journey of self-discovery. Kelly’s father desired a different life for his youngest son: success in the white world. Torn between two worlds and turned away from his community and culture, Rudy embarks on a journey to uncover who his father really was and, along the way, discover more about himself – Check out The Urbariginal.

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A Tale of Two Metlakatlas: Rematriating my Ts’msyen family history – CBC IDEAS

Just over 130 years ago, over 800 Ts’msyen people left their village of Metlakatla, B.C. to found “New” Metlakatla in Alaska. In this fascinating and moving hour-long documentary, CBC IDEAS contributor Pamela Post follows her own family history, and how it was shaped by those events, exploring the historical erasure of her own Ts’msyen matriarchs.

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The Disappearance of Natasha Lynn Starr – APTN

The Millennial Scoop is the ongoing assimilation of Indigenous children and youth through the Canadian government’s child welfare systems. Natasha is a Millennial Scoop survivor from Manitoba’s Child Welfare System. This is her story, in her own, often poetic words.

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Storykeepers – Waubgeshig Rice and Jennifer David

If you love Indigenous books (especially fiction), join Waubgeshig Rice and Jennifer David, as they talk ‘all things Indigenous books’.  In each episode they discuss First Nations, Inuit and Métis authors and their books. They also bring in guest hosts, Indigenous publishers or booksellers. It’s a warm, authentic podcast by and for literature lovers.

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Buffy – CBC Podcasts

For Mohawk and Tuscarora writer Falen Johnson, Buffy Sainte-Marie has always been there, like a North Star. But outside of Indigenous country, it’s different – some say Buffy is the most under-acknowledged musician of her time. A fascinating deep dive into Buffy’s life and music – which has quietly reverberated throughout pop culture, and provided a meaningful touchstone for Indigenous resistance. This is a 5-part series. Well worth checking out!

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