I have a really cool show this week (scroll down to listen) as I interviewed local Tla-o-qui-aht First Nations, Nuu-chah-nulth language fanatic, Gisele Martin. We had a great conversation about first nations culture and the revival of indigenous language.
There was some difficult topics covered including the residential schools here in Canada.
For those not familiar with this, when the British colonized Canada they completely disregarded all indigenous peoples and seized land as their own.
Aside from a full on history lesson, in short the Brits were proud to ‘unite’ Canada and today ‘Canadians’ celebrate this under the guise of ‘Canada Day’, formerly ‘Dominion Day’,despite the fact that the indigenous people were forced to resign their languages as they were literally beaten out of them in residential schools.
There are saddening accounts of events in these schools and the Canadian government has officially apologised, however people are still healing from this awful behaviour.
Talking to Gisele about this topic was not easy, but it was an extremely beneficial dialogue to have and I hope that it encourages more people to have similar discussions. We need not be afraid of our past and we must be able to talk about it in the open and not to suppress our feelings and emotions.
Also in this weeks show:
- I read a short chapter from “One Story, One Song.” a ook bt Richard Wagamese.
- I talk to Beth Luchies, a mental health worker for the Nuu-chah-nulth tribal council, discussing the birth of a skatepark in Ahousaht.
- I ask the Deputy Chief Councilor of Ahousaht, Pati Cambell, what the introduction of a skatepark in Ahousaht means for the community.
- Of course there’s also an amazing selection of dance music, including Jay Tripwire and even the Soul shakers; a group of first nations people from Ahousaht.
Find out more about the indiegogo campaign to raise money for the skatepark to built in Ahousaht.
Stay tuned for next week’s show as we will be talking about food!