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Welcome to the Indigenous 150+ podcast series
Launching in 2019, Good Influence Films brought together 21 young adults from across the country, both Indigenous and non-Indigenous, to learn how to moderate cross cultural conversations and basic podcasting skills. This inaugural program has evolved into two training programs – both an introductory and an advanced digital storytelling and podcast training program supporting the talent and career development of new and emerging Indigenous storytellers. During the first season these young creators hosted and produced 45+ podcast episodes giving voice to the things that are important to them.
It is June 2022, and we are proud to be releasing both pilots and individual episodes hosted by 16 new and emerging storytellers from across the country. The 2022 Season covers a diversity of topics discussing everything from decolonizing motherhood to exploring a fictional narrative that turns patriarchy on it’s head.
Join us for this new season that puts young Indigenous storytellers and creatives centre stage! If you like what you hear we invite you to rate the episodes and help get these stories shared and recommended to podcast listeners around the world.
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Announcing Indigenous 150+ Season 2
Season 2 celebrates the voices of new and emerging storytellers from across Turtle Island.
Season 2: Indigenous 150+ Celebrates New Voices in Podcasting [Trailer]
In celebration of Indigenous History Month, Indigenous 150+ celebrates a new season of episodes featuring a collection of pilots proposed by recent graduates of the Indigenous 150+ Advanced Digital Storytelling Program. Join us for a diverse range of critical and fun topics from decolonizing motherhood to a narrative that explores travelling back in time to change history in favour of the matriarchy.
June 9, 2022
Herstory is a satirical comedy about two millennial women who are tired of living in the patriarchy, so they travel back in time to rewrite history in the favour of women.
Episode 1 – “It’s A Man’s World”
After Sammy fails to learn the art of female masturbation, and her roommate Jordan loses her promotion at work, they head out for a night of partying where they are flashed by a male time traveler who drops his vibrator shaped time machine, which sparks their journey into empowering women in the past.
Herstory was written and produced by Métis writer Samantha Loney with story mentoring by Amber-Sekowan Daniels and Donna McElligott.
Samantha Loney is a Métis writer and filmmaker from Barrie, Ontario and has a passion for comedy writing and creating content that challenges modern audiences’ points of view. Samantha is the winner of the Brian Linehan Award for Outstanding Artistic Promise and is currently writing and producing the web series A Little Zoom, based on her award-winning short film A Little Racist. She has written for multiple online publications as well as unscripted television.
You can follow Samantha on Instagram @samanthabossassbitch, and her podcast at @herstorythepodcastseries. The first two episodes of Herstory were developed in the Advanced Digital Storytelling program developed by Good Influence Films in partnership with RBC Emerging Artists Project and Inspirit Foundation.
To learn more about the Good Influence Films and Indigenous 150+ training programs and events click here.
June 21, 2022
Decolonizing Through Parenting: Choosing Sobriety as the First Act of Decolonizing
In this pilot episode of Decolonizing Through Parenting, host Corenda-Lee speaks to Sheila Robson, a mother, grandmother, and knowledge keeper, in her 21st year of alcohol abstinence, who reflects on how choosing sobriety led to her journey to decolonize herself and bring healing to her family.
Corenda-Lee is a Cree and Blackfoot woman born and raised in Alberta. She is a mother who is passionate about helping other Indigenous women on their healing journey.
If you enjoy what you hear please rate the episode which helps the stories from these emerging storytellers get recommended to others!
For the next episode of Decolonizing Through Parenting subscribe to Indigenous 150+ wherever you listen to your podcasts. Follow Corenda-Lee on instagram @corii.lee.
June 19, 2022
Exposing the Garden Path: Controversy
Exposing the Garden Path is a podcast that reports on the dirty secrets of the climate crisis. In this pilot episode, Métis journalist Erin Blondeau digs into the Alberta government’s controversial claim that anyone who opposes the tar sands is a part of a foreign-funded conspiracy. She also shares reflections from her father, Doug Blondeau, and the impacts working 20 years in the oil sands had on him and their family. Controversy, is the pilot for a proposed podcast series called “Exposing the Garden Path” developed in Good Influence Films’ Advanced Digital Storytelling and Podcast Training Program. It was developed by Erin Blondeau with story mentoring by Donna McElligot.
June 14, 2022
Gigashki’ewizimin (We can do things because of our power)
Welcome to the Gigashki’ewizimin podcast pilot which in Ojibwe means “We can do things because of our power”. Gigashki’ewizimin celebrates Anishinaabek identity – specifically language, land and law.
In this first episode, Knowledge-Keeper Elaine Fleming, of Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe member shares the Anishinaabe creation story and why it is important to Indigenous identity. Colonization disrupted the lives and the sharing of stories in many nations. Host and podcast creator Tamika-Jo Andy learns from Elaine how their stories were traditionally passed down and what is being done to keep them safe.
Host & Producer: Tamika-Jo Andy, of Big Grassy River First Nation Story Mentor: Jolene Banning, Makwa Creative
June 10, 2022
Special Anniversary Series
In celebration of our 1st anniversary and National Indigenous History Month 2021 we have created a series of short episodes celebrating the young changemakers behind the Indigenous 150+ podcast!
Wasps, Privilege and All Living Things
Indigenous 150+ podcaster Kayla Tillapaugh shares how a drowning wasp launched her on her journey as an environmentalist, and the importance of listening and working respectfully with First Nations. Host: Kayla Stephens
Aug 3, 2021
Creating and Sustaining: Indigenous 150+ Podcaster Kayla Stephens
Indigenous 150+ Podcaster Kayla Stephens discusses the need to expand the sustainability mindset and shares her journey to braid sustainability, art making and self-care. Host: Kayla Tillapaugh
July 28, 2021
Allyship, Inclusivity and Fan-Girling
Meet Indigenous 150+ podcaster and #Changemaker, Roha Hena as she fan-girl’s fellow podcaster Nicole Tornquist, of Opaskwayak Cree Nation, as they speak about allyship, stereotypes and storytelling.
Exploring the land through stories: Indigenous 150+ Podcaster Kirsten Mathison
Kirsten speaks with host and fellow Indigenous 150+ podcaster, Shelby Lisk about her personal journey of learning, unlearning and decolonizing her world view as a settler on the territory of the Songhees, Esquimalt, and WSÁNEC’ people, in Metulia (Victoria, BC). Kirsten’s background in anthropology, geography and environmental conservation have informed this journey and brought her to working with the Indigenous communities where she lives. She hopes to help amplify Indigenous voices not just through her podcasting but also through her daily life as a citizen on these lands we call Canada.
July 13, 2021
Understanding Humans as Cultural Beings: Indigenous 150+ podcaster, Michelle Gowan
Meet Michelle Gowan, Master’s Graduate of Medical Anthropology from the University of Saskatchewan and participant of the Indigenous 150+ Youth Ambassador training programme. Michelle was born and raised on Saugeen Ojibway Nation Territory, and speaks to Host Raven Richards about how being a defiant teen unleashed her curiosity to study humans, and what continues to spark her curiosity and inspire her. You can catch Michelle’s episodes which includes “Reconnecting Through Research” an interview with Plains Cree Archaeologist, Honey Constant.
This episode was hosted and produced by Raven Richards, Opaskwayak First Nation.
Indigenous 150+ Podcaster Nicole Tornquist speaks about the importance of supporting Indigenous Youth to be the best they can be. Drawing on her own personal experience as a youth, Nicole discusses her role as a National Ambassador of Hope for the WeMatter Campaign and youth organization. Nicole is from Opaskwayak Cree Nation, and is currently serving as their Junior Onekanew (Chief).
This episode was hosted and produced by Roha Hena. Check out Nicole’s Season 1 Episodes, “Small Town, Big Dreams” with Kelvin Redvers and “Awakening the Spirit” with Holly Linski. You can follow Nicole on Instagram @nicole.tornquist18.
June 28, 2021
Story as Discovery: Indigenous 150+ Podcaster Shelby Lisk
Indigenous 150+ Podcaster Shelby Lisk, shares her journey as a multi-disciplinary artist and journalist and reflects on how sharing Indigenous stories helps us re-imagine our relationship to this land and it’s people. Shelby is Kanyenhehá:ka from Kenhtè:ke (Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory).
This episode was hosted and produced by Kirsten Mathison. Check out Shelby’s Season 1 Episodes: “Laughing Through Taboos” and “Reverberations of Resistance: The Thunderwater Soverignty Movement”. To learn more about Shelby’s award-winning journalism and her films, follow her on Instagram @ShelbyLiskPhoto.
June 22, 2021
Season 1 Finale: Building Bridges, Sharing Stories
Indigenous 150+ podcasters Naomi Robinson and Kayla Tillapaugh join together to reflect on the training programme and the 40+ episodes and stories that were created and released during Season 1 of the Indigenous 150+ podcast series. They share a special thank you to you, our listeners, and to all those who helped along the way. We will be taking a short break and look forward to bringing you more stories soon. Please subscribe to our podcast to be notified about our next batch of stories. Come and connect with us on social media to learn about other Indigenous 150+ events.
Nov 15, 2020
Always Keep Dreaming: Carving an Artist’s Career
Algonquin multimedia artist, photographer and filmmaker Lindsay Sarazin speaks about pursuing his childhood dream, the power of media, storytelling as a way of healing, and the importance of Indigenous stories on the world stage. Host/Producer: Naomi Robinson
Nov 10, 2020
Life Inspiring Art, Sources of Creation: Filmmaker spotlight on Shane Belcourt
Filmmaker Shane Belcourt takes us through the evolution of his career as a creative, and speaks about the power of collaboration, mentorship, and how growing up in an artistic and political household has shaped him. Host/Producer: Kayla Stephens
Nov 6, 2020
Love Powered Activism: A Digital Talking Circle with Heperi Mita
Heperi Mita shares his journey from being an archivist to making his debut film “Merata: How Mum Decolonised The Screen”, an intimate portrait and tribute to his trailblazing mother, activist and Ma-ori filmmaker Merata Mita. Host/Producer: Devon Blind
Nov 3, 2020
Feeding Your Spirit: Nurturing the Artist Within
Wabanaki artist and filmmaker Gop Bartibogue discusses his creative process, knowledge sharing, and the important role of failure and making room for joy as his secrets to success. Host/Producer: Julianna Peter-Paul
Oct 30, 2020
Walking the Red Road: Journey to a Better Me
Aimee Dixon and Tyler Cutknife share the contributing factors behind drinking including family history and peers and choosing sobriety as part of living their best lives for both themselves and their families. Host/Producer: Straight Up Feather
Oct 27, 2020
Sharing Youth Wisdom: Building Communities, Building Futures
Lee Allen Genaille, elected Junior Councillor (Junior Onushchekewuk), of Opaskwayak Cree Nation shares his experiences growing up, working together with local youth and his vision for creating positive change in his community. Host/Producer: Nicole Tornquist
Chelsea Mulvale, National Ambassador of Hope Lead at WeMatter speaks about the roles of youth wisdom, community, culture and positive messages in the media to enhance life promotion, and reduce suicide in Indigenous communities. Host/Producer: Roha Hena
Oct 20, 2020
We Are Not Extinct: Hunting, Patience and Perseverance
Rick and Linda Desautel, Sinixt decedents share their 11 year story of how they fought their way to the Supreme Court of Canada to have the rights of the #Sinixt Nation recognized and the wrongful declaration of their extinction reversed. Host/Producer: Kayla Tillapaugh
Oct 16, 2020
Nibi Biimaadiiziiwin (Water Is Life): Caring for Creation
Ojibwe-Mohawk Elder and grandmother Shirley John, from Chippewas of Saugeen First Nation, speaks from the heart about caring for creation, the importance of prayer and spreading seeds of love for all peoples. Host/Producer: Dave Beverly-Foster
Oct 13, 2020
Building Pride Together: Engaging Youth In Métis Culture
Educator, Michelle Schroeder speaks about her Métis heritage and the work she is doing in Abbotsford, British Columbia to help connect and engage secondary school students in Métis culture. Host/Producer: Anna Ratzlaff
Oct 9, 2020
Protecting Family, Home & Land: Preserving Inuit Values
Environmental advocate and Junior Advisor with the Nunavut Impact Review board, Mia Otokiak shares her memories growing up, the bridging of science and traditional knowledge, mentoring youth and preserving Inuit values. Host/Producer: Kayla Stephens
Oct 6, 2020
Healthy People, Beautiful Life: Uniting to Preserve – Part 2
Q’eqchi’ researcher and interpreter Pedro Makin discusses the orgins of the Maya Healers’ Association, the importance of challlenging perceptions and what he wants the world to know about his Q’eqchi’ Maya culture. Host/Producer: Michelle Gowan
Oct 2, 2020
Healthy People, Beautiful Life: Fighting for the Right to Cure – Part 1
Dr. James B. Waldram, medical anthropologist with the University of Saskatchewan discusses his work with the Maya Healers’ Association of Belize and working with them through film to advocate for and challenge misperceptions about traditional Q’eqchi’ knowledge. Host/Producer: Michelle Gowan
Sept 29, 2020
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