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Creating a Métis Community

Season 3, Episode 6
In this episode of the Métis Speaker Series, we speak to Joy Bremner, leader of the Mid Island Métis Nation on Vancouver Island. Joy discusses the rewards and challenges of being a supporting pillar within a chartered community. She shares the importance of creating a cultural…

Breaking the Cycle

Season 3, Episode 5
In this episode of the Métis Speaker Series, we speak to June Graham about her family history within the residential school system and the repercussions it has had. June believes there has been a lack of Métis-specific perspective and discussion about the residential school…

Reflecting With a Purpose

Season 3, Episode 4
In this episode of the Métis Speaker Series, we speak to Gary Têtu, a flute maker, musician, lodge keeper, chimney sweep, tradesman and more! Gary speaks to both his own experiences in a residential school, as well as his father's experiences, including how these events have…

A Story of Residential School Healing

Season 3, Episode 3
In this episode of the Métis Speaker Series, we speak with Arlene Vrtar-Huot, a former Social Worker and the Interim Executive Director of the National Addictions Society. As a Métis Elder for an Early Years Centre in Kelowna, Arlene has been doing the work of residential school…

Stories of an Elder

Season 3, Episode 2
In this episode of the Métis Speaker Series, we speak to Métis Elder and storyteller, Tom McCallum. Born and raised in Île-à-la-Crosse, Saskatchewan, Tom shares his journey of spiritual discovery, including his time spent at a boarding (residential) school as a young boy. The…

For Those Who Didn't Come Home

Season 3, Episode 1
In this episode of the Métis Speaker Series, Linda McCullough recounts her previous life experiences attending a residential school in Cree Lake, Saskatchewan. Attending the Timber Bay School from the age of seven, the episode follows her life at the school, including the…
An illustrated portrait of Lawrence Gervaise in front of a muted green background with black silhouetted florals.

The Squeaky Wheel - Lawrence Gervais (Regional President - Métis Nation of Alberta)

Season 2, Episode 8
In this episode of the Métis Speaker Series, we speak to the regional president of the Métis Nation of Alberta, Lawrence Gervais. This discussion looks at the ways we can help amplify Métis' voices and awareness. Lawrence shares his perspective on what the role of leadership…
An illustrated portrait of Charlie Kerr in front of a pink floral city skyline. An black-blue bird flys away over one shoulder.

Longing to Belong - Charlie Kerr (Métis Singer / Actor / Writer - lead singer for Hotel Mira)

Season 2, Episode 7
In this episode of our Métis Speaker Series, Charlie Kerr shares his experience working in the entertainment industry as a member of the Métis community. He also shares his personal experience working directly within his own community of Métis people. As a singer, actor, and…
An illustrated portrait of Justene Dion-Glowa in front of a pink to orange gradient background. Black silhouettes of birds fly in the back ground. Justene wears a dark green cardigan over a black shirt that shows some of a tattoo and a small bird perches on one shoulder while a larger blue bird looks over her other.

Poetic Reconciliation - Justene Dion-Glowa (Poet, personal healing story)

Season 2, Episode 6
Where does Justene Dion-Glowa find her inspiration for poetry? That’s what we discuss in this episode of the Métis Speaker Series. Justene writes poetry connected to her identity as a Métis person. She shares some of her work from a recent manuscript and dives into her poetic…
An illustrated portrait of Peter Lang. In the background, a black silhouette stands on a beach as the sunsets over the water.

Child Welfare and the Justice System - Peter Lang (CMA Community President)

Season 2, Episode 5
In this episode of our Métis Speaker Series, we discuss the child welfare and justice system with Peter Lang, CMA Community President. Peter has had his own unfortunate experience with the system in connection to his late son, Nick. The interview looks at the ways that the Métis…