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Unreserved is the radio space for Indigenous community, culture, and conversation. Host Rosanna Deerchild takes you straight into Indigenous Canada, from Halifax to Haida Gwaii, from Shamattawa to Ottawa, introducing listeners to the storytellers, cu...Show More
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First Words: Diga speaks Tlicho

06:47 | Jul 9th

In this episode of First Words, Diga, the frontman of N.W.T.-based rock band Digawolf, shares some of his favourite words in Tlicho, including the names of his daughter and son.
Where you can hear your favourite cousin this summer

03:45 | Jul 3rd

Unreserved's podcast feed is taking a break for the summer — but you can still catch the show every Sunday at 7 p.m. and Tuesday at 1 p.m. on CBC Radio One.
FIRST WORDS: Ziibiins Alexandra Johnson speaks Anishinaabemowin

08:41 | Jun 25th

Ziibiins Alexandra Johnson is Anishinaabe from Red Lake Nation in northwestern Minnesota. She'll teach you a few words in her language, and the phrase for 'the leaves sound nice being blown by the wind' in Anishinaabemowin.
Becoming The Jerry Cans: From Legion cover band to ambassadors of Inuit culture

25:59 | Jun 23rd

The Jerry Cans are now known for their eclectic sound that combines rock, folk, throat singing and singing in Inuktitut, but the group originally met at Inuksuk High School in Iqaluit, and started off playing cover songs.
FIRST WORDS: Elizabeth Wilson speaks Heiltsuk

06:56 | Jun 18th

Elizabeth Wilson teaches the Heiltsuk language, in this episode, she'll teach you the word for respect, and how to say thank you very much.
Repatriation: Bringing ancestral artifacts and remains home

44:38 | Jun 16th

To repatriate something is to return it to its place of origin, to give it back to the nation and the people from which it came. This week on Unreserved, we explore how communities go about bringing items back to their home.
FIRST WORDS: Lorena Cote speaks Saulteaux

07:31 | Jun 11th

Lorena Cote is a Saulteaux language teacher at First Nations University of Canada. She'll teach you the Saulteaux words for respect and humility.
Art in Iqaluit: How creativity fosters healing

43:26 | Jun 9th

Whether it's music, movies, television or art, Inuit are sharing their triumphs, talents and humour - and they're using it to shed light on some dark realities.This week, we look at how Inuit are using art to foster healing.
50 Years of Indigenous cinema: The Impact of Alanis Obomsawin

44:10 | Jun 2nd

Alanis Obomsawin is one of the most accomplished documentary filmmakers in Canada, and one of the most acclaimed Indigenous filmmakers in the world. The Abenaki filmmaker made her first film for the National Film Board in 1971.Today, at the age of 86...Show More
Transformation: Making change to challenge perceptions

44:32 | May 26th

This week on Unreserved, we look at how Indigenous people are transforming space, body and media to change and challenge perceptions.
FIRST WORDS: Jordan Konek speaks Inuktitut

07:26 | May 22nd

Jordan Konek talks about being the first CBC reporter to broadcast a story on The National in the Inuktitut language. He'll also teach you the Inuktitut word for "power".
Using food to strengthen Indigenous culture and resist colonization

44:55 | May 19th

This week, we dig into how food is connected to land and water, how it was used to colonize, and how Indigenous people are using food to strengthen culture.
Greetings from Iqaluit: Exploring the strength of Inuit culture

47:01 | May 12th

This week, Unreserved is on the ground in Iqaluit, Nunavut, celebrating the 20th anniversary of Nunavut officially becoming Canada's third territory. From music and art, to food and language, we'll find out what has kept the Inuit culture thriving.
Indigenous masculinity and the lasting impacts of colonization

43:37 | May 5th

This week we're talking all about Indigenous masculinity - and the lasting impact colonization has had on Indigenous men.
From scrip to road allowances: Canada's complicated history with the Métis

43:21 | Apr 28th

It's a phrase you've probably heard before: First Nations, Inuit and Métis. But how much do you really know about the Métis? Historically, the Métis didn't fit in society, at times they were also rejected by their First Nation families. Theirs is a h...Show More
Exploring hockey's roots in Indigenous communities

40:06 | Apr 21st

This week on Unreserved, we explore what hockey means to Indigenous people, and how that connection is about more than just sports.
Series, trilogies and translations: Indigenous authors transforming bookstore shelves

42:39 | Apr 14th

With series, trilogies and translations being written by Indigenous authors, bookstore shelves are starting to look very different. This week, Rosanna talks to three authors about their work.
'I am Inuk': Natan Obed on his complicated childhood, challenging questions and Nunavut's future

49:45 | Apr 7th

Natan Obed can count on one hand the number of times he's been angry. This, despite the fact that the president of Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami has been called out for "not being Inuk enough," for not speaking Inuktitut fluently, and for growing up in the...Show More
FIRST WORDS: Ian McCallum speaks Munsee

07:38 | Apr 2nd

In this episode of First Words, educator Ian McCallum teaches you how to say "kii haa koolamalsi?" Munsee for "how are you feeling?", "noolamalis" which means "I am fine" and "anushiik" which means "thank you."
Water: How Indigenous people are turning the tide

37:38 | Mar 31st

Depending where you live, clean water is something many of us take for granted. But that's not the reality for many Indigenous communities. It's a cause that continues to inspire artists, activists and entrepreneurs across the country, who are speaki...Show More
FIRST WORDS: Lawrence Nayally speaks Dhecho Zhatie

09:58 | Mar 26th

In this episode of First Words, CBC host Lawrence Nayally teaches you how to say I love you and take good care of yourself in Dhecho Zhatie.
How a fateful limo ride led Tom Wilson to his Mohawk roots

40:50 | Mar 24th

Tom Wilson is a Canadian music icon with bands Blackie and the Rodeo Kings, Junkhouse and now, as Lee Harvey Osmond. But uncovering a web of family secrets set him off on a lifelong journey to reconnect with his identity.
FIRST WORDS: Jeremy Dutcher speaks Wolastoqey

07:14 | Mar 19th

In this episode of First Words, Juno award winner Jeremy Dutcher explains the intimate connection between his language and music.
Unreserved celebrates Indigenous music at the Juno Awards

36:28 | Mar 17th

With the Juno Awards being handed out March 17, it seemed like the perfect time to hear from all the Indigenous musicians nominated this year.
FIRST WORDS: Valentina Fox speaks Nakoda

08:07 | Mar 12th

In this episode of First Words, Stoney elder Valentina Fox teaches you how to say "hold on to our Nakoda language."
Looking towards the future: Indigenous futurism in literature, music, film and fashion

39:40 | Mar 8th

In popular culture, Indigenous people are often portrayed as being of the past, living traditional lives. Or they're not shown at all. Aside from a few characters, like Star Trek's Chakotay, Indigenous people aren't often portrayed as existing 10, 50...Show More
FIRST WORDS: Adrian Sutherland speaks Cree

06:23 | Mar 5th

In this episode, Adrian Sutherland of the band Midnight Shine shares the challenge of translating Neil Young lyrics into Cree. He'll also teach you how to say sing me a song in his language.
Exploring the intersection where Indigenous tradition and technology meet

39:58 | Mar 3rd

From finding algorithms in beading patterns to using virtual reality to teach Indigenous history, traditional Indigenous knowledge is rooting itself in technology more and more. This week we explore how one helps spread tradition, and how tradition g...Show More
FIRST WORDS: Bryson Syliboy speaks Mi'kmaw

05:55 | Feb 26th

Bryson Syliboy is Mi'kmaw from Sipekne'katik First Nation in Nova Scotia. He started tweeting out a Mi'kmaw word of the day related to something happening in the world. This week, he'll teach you how to say hello, welcome and see you later in Mi'kmaw...Show More
Inuk NHL player Jordin Tootoo on life after going 'All the Way'

39:08 | Feb 24th

Jordin Tootoo doesn't watch much hockey anymore - but reflecting on his storied career as the first Inuk to play in the NHL, he's reminded of how it saved him.
FIRST WORDS: Eli Langley speaks Koasati

06:58 | Feb 19th

At 20 years old, Eli Langley is the youngest person in his tribe to speak Koasati fluently, a language native to the Coushatta Tribe of Louisiana. In this episode, he'll teach you how to say brother, clan and god.
Indigenous language revitalization: From federal legislation to community-led initiatives

43:47 | Feb 17th

New federal legislation in Canada aims to bring many Indigenous languages back to life, and protect them from being lost. But Indigenous people have long been working to revitalize their languages. From podcasts and Hollywood blockbusters, to sign la...Show More
FIRST WORDS: Larry Grant speaks h?n?q??min??m?

07:16 | Feb 12th

In this episode of First Words, elder Larry Grant teaches you how to say buddy in h?n?q??min??m?, and the phrase for I love you.
Snagging, romance novels and bear grease: Unreserved shares Indigenous love stories

42:08 | Feb 10th

It's that time of year again - time to talk about the Indigenous love in our lives. This week on Unreserved, a look at everything from romance novels to online love and even the art of the snag.
FIRST WORDS: Trish Rosborough speaks Kwak'wala

08:44 | Feb 5th

In this episode of First Words, Trish Rosborough teaches you several words in Kwak'wala - and the layers of meaning behind them. For example, a't?i means forest, but depending where you live, it can also mean something else.
The rise in Indigenous storytelling - for kids

40:38 | Feb 3rd

This week on Unreserved, we dive into the explosion of Indigenous authors wading into children's literature - and the increasing number of books being translated into Indigenous languages.
FIRST WORDS: Katia Olsen speaks SEN?O?EN

07:11 | Jan 29th

In this episode of First Words, Katia Olsen teaches you a word that encompasses birthright and history, and one for acknowledging and giving thanks.
'They don't know what they don't know': Teachers reach out for tips on integrating Indigenous content

49:45 | Jan 27th

It has been three years since the Truth and Reconciliation Commission released its 94 Calls to Action. Many of those calls focused on education, and integrating Indigenous content into school curriculums. So, how far have we come, and who is leading ...Show More
FIRST WORDS: Bruce Starlight speaks Tsuut'ina

07:43 | Jan 22nd

In this episode of First Words, Bruce Starlight explains why there are only 29 speakers of Tsuut'ina left and teaches you a short, conversational way to greet someone.
Redrawing the Lines

47:56 | Jan 20th

Maps have long been called a tool of colonization. They've carved out pieces of Indigenous land and replaced them with neat lines of provinces and territories. But Indigenous cartographers are drawing back their places and names, using mapmaking to t...Show More
FIRST WORDS: Cameron Adams speaks Swampy Cree

06:27 | Jan 15th

In this episode of First Words, Cameron Adams explains how living with an acquired brain injury makes learning Swampy Cree even more challenging. He'll also teach you a bunch of words including kisâkihitin, which means I love you, and how to say hell...Show More
Iconic Indigenous imagery: How photos shape movements and connect us to history

46:49 | Jan 13th

Single iconic images can represent an entire movement. Whether it's a celebration of the end of a war, to remember resistance, or even a photograph of a famous beauty queen over a subway vent, a picture can often be worth more than 1,000 words.
FIRST WORDS: Russell Fayant speaks Michif

07:27 | Jan 8th

In this episode of First Words, Russell Fayant explains why so few people speak the Michif language. He'll teach you the word for partner, how to say to laugh and a phrase that means reconciliation.
Life after a brain injury: Kinnie Starr on trauma, loss and finding her way back through music

31:31 | Jan 6th

In 2015, everything changed for musician Kinnie Starr. A car accident left her with a severe brain injury, which makes it difficult for her to play music.
FIRST WORDS: Richard Van Camp speaks Tlicho

05:47 | Jan 1st

In this episode of First Words, writer and storyteller Richard Van Camp explains the meaning behind his son Edzazii's name. He'll also teach you to say bear, rabbit and ask someone 'Would you like some tea?' in Tlicho.
Class of 2018: Writing bestsellers and making breakthroughs

40:11 | Dec 30th, 2018

As we bid farewell to 2018, it seemed like the perfect time to look back and listen to those who won awards and accolades, became bestsellers and made breakthroughs. This week on Unreserved, meet the class of 2018.
Unreserved shares the holiday spirit from across Turtle Island

40:27 | Dec 23rd, 2018

While we're all joyfully baking, gifting and celebrating, we thought we'd share some holiday-spirit love from across Turtle Island. This week on Unreserved, feeding the heart, mind and body with kindness, art and wisdom.
FIRST WORDS: Anna Marie Sewell speaks - and sings - in Mi'kmaq

06:15 | Dec 18th, 2018

In this episode of First Words, Anna Marie Sewell teaches you how to say wela'lin or thank you in Mi'kmaq, you'll also learn the word for ocean, and how to say coming together.
CONCERT: William Prince plays live, talks Neil Young, Nashville and being inspired by his son

1:10:04 | Dec 16th, 2018

From Juno awards to BBC airplay and dates opening for Neil Young, William Prince has had a busy couple of years. Back in his current hometown of Winnipeg, Prince played to a sold out crowd at the West End Cultural Centre in late November and Unreserv...Show More
BONUS TRACKS: A sneak listen to our upcoming William Prince concert

10:27 | Dec 13th, 2018

This Sunday we're featuring a concert by William Prince recorded at the West End Cultural Centre in Winnipeg. But we had so much music we couldn't fit it all in! So just for you, here's a sneak listen to a few bonus tracks from that show.
FIRST WORDS: James Bilagody speaks Navajo

05:26 | Dec 11th, 2018

In this episode of First Words, actor James Bilagody teaches you how to say a greeting, the word for prayer and defines Sa'ah Naagháí Bik'eh Hózhóón, which means life in beauty in the Navajo language.
Using music to explore identity, tell stories and connect with the next generation

43:48 | Dec 9th, 2018

This week on Unreserved, how Indigenous people use music to share their stories with the world.
FIRST WORDS: Waubgeshig Rice speaks Anishinaabemowin

05:02 | Dec 4th, 2018

In this episode of First Words, author Waubgeshig Rice teaches you how to say hello and thank you in Anishinaabemowin and explains the meaning behind mino-bimaadiziwin.
Indigenous language: Finding new ways to connect with culture

42:06 | Dec 2nd, 2018

This week on Unreserved, from coding to the silver screen, how Indigenous people are learning languages and creating new ways to reconnect with their culture.
FIRST WORDS: Logan Staats speaks Mohawk

07:19 | Nov 27th, 2018

In this episode of First Words, musician Logan Staats teaches you how to offer a greeting, say thank you and tell someone you love them in the Mohawk language.
Books, censorship and what happens when Indigenous Lit goes mainstream

50:06 | Nov 25th, 2018

Every year more and more Indigenous writers break out of the CanLit margins and into the mainstream spotlight, but while this is being celebrated, it's also being challenged. This week we're talking about books, censorship and what happens when Indig...Show More
Calling all Indiginerds: Unreserved heads to Indigenous Comic Con

48:24 | Nov 18th, 2018

Earlier this month, Unreserved went to Albuquerque, New Mexico for Indigenous Comic Con. This week we take a deep look at Indigenous geek culture, from comics and cosplay, to wrestling and sci-fi.
Remembering the contributions of Indigenous veterans

51:01 | Nov 11th, 2018

This week we're looking at the ways Indigenous soldiers contributed to war efforts across the globe. With stories of those who fought, the secrets they kept and what happened after they came home.
Code talkers: How Navajo men played a major role in the United States' efforts in World War II

19:20 | Nov 8th, 2018

After the end of World War II, a group of 29 Navajo kept a major secret about their time in the United States Marine Corps. And they kept that secret for more than two decades. They were the original Navajo code talkers, who created a code using Engl...Show More
How fitness connects Indigenous people to the land, themselves and each other

41:57 | Oct 28th, 2018

They say physical activity is good for the body, but did you know it's also good for the mind and the heart? Today, how fitness is inspiring Indigenous people to connect with the land, themselves and each other.
Unreserved heads to Halifax: How are people in this city building bridges between communities?

44:48 | Oct 22nd, 2018

Halifax, in Mi'kmaw territory, is a city in the throes of decolonization and reconciliation. What tensions are arising? How are people in this city building bridges between communities? Unreserved headed east to find out.
Standing up and speaking out: Meet Indigenous people motivated to take action

48:32 | Oct 14th, 2018

Think about the last time you saw something happening that you thought was wrong. What did you do? For most people, the easiest thing to do.... is nothing. So what motivates people who do take action, who decide to stand up and speak out? Today on th...Show More
Introducing the Secret Life of Canada (Rosanna's podcast pick)

39:14 | Oct 10th, 2018

Rosanna introduces the first episode of CBC Podcast's newest show, The Secret Life of Canada, co-hosted by recent guest Falen Johnson. This history podcast is all about the country you know, and the stories you don't. It's the newest member of the CB...Show More
'We have to have some people give up power': A conversation about race, privilege and making space

54:36 | Oct 7th, 2018

Marginalized people often struggle to be heard. In order for their voices to rise, those who live with privilege have to make space. But are people in positions of power willing to share that space? Join Unreserved at 6 Degrees Toronto at the Art Gal...Show More
On the mic: Indigenous podcasters taking space and sharing stories

50:33 | Sep 28th, 2018

Having a microphone provides the opportunity to share stories, perspectives and opinions. It's a space that Indigenous people are often excluded from. But as technology becomes more user friendly, more Indigenous storytellers are heading online to ma...Show More
Are we in the midst of a 'new Native Renaissance'?

47:22 | Sep 23rd, 2018

In a recent article for The Paris Review, Julian Brave NoiseCat described the New Native Renaissance he says the literary world is experiencing right now. We'll talk to NoiseCat about what that means, and find out which writers are leading the charge...Show More
The new era of Indigenous cinema: Unreserved heads to TIFF

46:59 | Sep 16th, 2018

The Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) is arguably one of the largest and most prestigious film festivals in the world, and it's wrapping up this week. The festival attracts big celebrities and hosts the premieres of some of the year's most a...Show More
Kick up your moccasins: Unreserved visits the Sandy Bay Ojibway First Nation powwow

45:41 | Sep 7th, 2018

What a better way to kick off the new season of Unreserved, than by kicking up our moccasins and dancing? This week we're meeting at the Sandy Bay Ojibway First Nation powwow.
Indigenous fashion looks beyond fringe, feathers and beads

46:16 | Jun 24th, 2018

Indigenous fashion designers are taking on the industry, and looking beyond fringe, feathers and beads. This week on Unreserved, the future of Indigenous fashion.
Indigenous Fashion Week Toronto takes on cultural appropriation

25:48 | Jun 22nd, 2018

Earlier this month, some of the world's top Indigenous fashion designers shared their collections at the inaugural Indigenous Fashion Week Toronto. On top of showing collections, there were talks held throughout the week, including one called Cultura...Show More
Art, representation and the importance of seeing yourself reflected in popular culture

43:36 | Jun 17th, 2018

Whether it's through comic books, music, or literature, Indigenous artists are finding their voice. This week on Unreserved, how Indigenous artists are reinforcing the presence of their own stories and characters in creative fields where they have of...Show More
Unreserved Reads: Interviews with award-winning Indigenous authors

39:47 | Jun 10th, 2018

This week on Unreserved, we revisit conversations with three authors shortlisted for the Indigenous Literature Award, so you can get your summer reading lists ready.
Indigenous artists explore the link between creativity and healing

43:21 | Jun 3rd, 2018

Whether through painting, theatre, or music, Indigenous artists are exploring the link between creativity and healing.