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Big Brother Terry and a Big Discovery - Darrell Fox (Senior Advisor, The Terry Fox Research Institute)

Season 2, Episode 3
In this episode of our Métis Speaker Series, we speak to Darrell Fox, the younger brother of Terry Fox and senior advisor of the Terry Fox Institute. Darrell shares the story behind the discovery of the Fox family's Métis lineage and the impact that this discovery had on the…
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Stories of Scrip - Wayne Wapeemukwa (Métis Citizen)

Season 2, Episode 2
For this episode of our Métis Speaker Series, Darian speaks to Wayne Wapeemukwa, a Métis Citizen, filmmaker and philosopher. Throughout his life, Wayne has done extensive research on the various ways the 19th-century dispossession afflicted Métis women and how new, colonially-…
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Rebuilding Through Leadership - Cassidy Caron (Métis National Council President)

Season 2, Episode 1
To kick off season two, we asked Métis National Council President, Cassidy Caron, a very important question - what has Leadership meant to you? President Caron shares how her current role has changed her own meaning of leadership and the ways youth can find leadership positions…
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Reconciliation from a Métis Lens

Season 1, Episode 8
In this final episode of our Métis Speaker Series, we sit down with Métis Citizen, Lauren Petersen to look at the process of reconciliation through the Métis lens. This chat discusses the question, how do we reconcile with ourselves? Lauren looks at the process of reconciliation…
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Healing through Language Revitalization

Season 1, Episode 7
For this episode of our Métis Speaker Series, we chat with Michif Language Learner, Amy Cross, and Métis Elder and Michif Language Teacher, Marie Schoenthal. The two women share knowledge regarding the diversity of indigenous languages in Métis communities. They speak to the…
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Two-Spirited Champions

Season 1, Episode 6
In this episode of our Métis Speaker Series, we speak to Louis De Jaeger, MNBC Minister of Economic Development and Natural Resources and the 2SLGBTQQIA+ advisory committee chair. Louis shares his experience in how a nation supports the inclusion of Two-Spirited people and Métis…
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Environmental Protection - Kaija Heitland (Métis Citizen)

Season 2, Episode 4
For this episode in our Métis Speaker Series, we talk about environmental protection with Kaija Heitland, a citizen of the Métis Nation of British Columbia. Kaija teaches traditional land-based arts, where she incorporates art as a method of self-reclamation and community…
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Women & Gender Equity

Season 1, Episode 5
This episode of our Métis Speaker Series focuses on women and gender equity, represented by Métis Citizen and Region 4 Women’s Rep, Jana Schulz. Jana speaks to the topic of fair visibility and what this looks like for people. She also shares healing practices and the forms of…
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Environment & Sustainability

Season 1, Episode 4
In this episode of our Métis Speaker Series, we chat about the environment and sustainability with Métis Citizen, Vanessa Prescott. Vanessa shares her story, about where her family comes from and what their relationship was with the land. She shares what she finds most special…
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Health and Wellbeing

Season 1, Episode 3
In this episode of our Métis Speaker Series, we talk about health and wellness with knowledge carrier, Lynette La Fontaine. Lynette shares their words for describing healing through culture and how to describe the barriers that are connected to cultural healing. They go on to…