It’s been quite the time this National Indigenous History Month — a mix of grief and celebration.
Now we are here, National Indigenous Peoples Day on June 21. It’s usually a time to celebrate our culture and community; a time when we visit with friends, family and catching up with all our relations. But this year, celebrations are subdued and a melancholy hangs in the air.
As we continue to remember and honour the 215 little souls at the Kamloops residential school, we also continue the work to lift up Indigenous voices at events across the country. And to keep bringing awareness to the situation continuing on today, here in Canada, when it comes to Indigenous children.
On my street, orange shirts hang on verandas, fences and in windows to remind our neighbours, most of whom are non-Indigenous, this must not happen again.
On this week’s show, Anishinaabe actor Craig Lauzon talks about his return to live theatre and what it’s like to tread the boards to bring a colonial playwright’s words to life while also struggling with the rising number of Indigenous children’s unmarked graves being revealed.
Amanda Rheaume will tell us about the newly revealed category at the Juno Awards for 2022 — a traditional Indigenous music category — what that looks like and what it means.
And Raven Kanataka shares what the last couple of weeks has been like for him as a Mohawk/Anishinaabe father, who stands proud in his heritage but also shares in the collective grief of the Indigenous community.
The Kim Wheeler Show weekly airtimes:
Friday 4 pm ET / 1 pm PT
Saturday at 12 pm ET / 9 am PT
Sunday at 7 pm ET / 4 pm PT
National Indigenous Peoples’ Day airing
Monday, June 21, at 10 am ET / 7 am PT
Additionally, we will bring you the first Takeover of The Indigiverse featuring not one, but two incredible artists. Leela Gilday & Julian will co-host the show to celebrate great Indigenous music from across Turtle Island while reflecting on Kamloops. Join them at 12pm/6pm ET on National Indigenous Peoples’ Day, with re-broadcasts later in the week:
Friday June 25th at 6 ET
Sunday June 27th at 11 ET
Wednesday June 30th at 8 ET