7 Podcasts Hosted By Indigenous Women

"7 Great Podcasts Hosted By Indigenous Women" (post) by Kelly Boutsalis introduces 7 podcasts that are "are an incredibly accessible 21st-century version of oral storytelling that has been and continues to be the backbone of Indigenous societies."

  • "[T]hese stories are being conveyed by voices that aren’t generally given a very large platform."

1. "Coffee with My Ma" 

  • "My radical activist mother Kahentinetha Horn tells me stories of her very long adventurous life, always with the sense of humour that carried her through."
  • "What’s really magical is when we started getting into these stories and I can see the light in her eyes as she starts remembering them, because she hasn’t spoken about them for 50 years, nobody’s bothered to ask her," says [Kaniehtiio] Horn." 

2. "Missing and Murdered"

  • "Investigative journalist Connie Walker recounts stories of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls."
  • "Walker deftly unpacks Canadian practices, such as the Sixties Scoop — in which Indigenous children were placed in foster care or adopted through the Adopt Indian and Métis (AIM) program from the 1950s to 1980s."
  • "And yet Walker’s incredibly balanced and sensitive coverage doesn’t vilify anyone for the errors of their past."

3. "Métis in Space"

  • "Chelsea Vowel and Molly Swain, both Métis ... review sci fi movies and television shows from a critical Indigenous lens."
  • "They wittily dissect everything from Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Star Trek to Westworld and Thor: Ragnarok."
  • "Unapologetically indigenous, unabashedly female & unblinkingly nerdy."

4. "New Fire"

  • "From remote reserves to bustling big cities, join Urban Native Girl Lisa Charleyboy as she brings you to the surprising heart of the conversations important to Indigenous youth today."
  • "Indigenous youth are at the forefront of Lisa Charleyboy’s podcast, where she gets frank on topics about music, identity and sex."
  • "Each episode, she moderates the conversation with a different group of millennials."

5. "Secret Life of Canada"

  • "Co-hosts Falen Johnson and Leah Simone Bowen bring their storytelling skills to aspects of Canadian history that definitely weren’t covered in my classroom textbooks growing up."
  • "Johnson brings her Mohawk and Tuscarora viewpoint, while Bowen adds insight as a first-generation Canadian — she’s from Alberta and her family hails from Barbados."
  • "Hearing these fascinating stories makes me rethink much of what I’ve learned (even though I was schooled on reserve) and wonder about what this country would be like if black, Indigenous and other voices had authorship of their stories."
  • “... history retold through brown and Indigenous perspectives ..."

6. "The Henceforward"

  • "Mutually respectful conversations about the relationship between Indigenous and Black people in Canada, touching on topics like reparations, Black Lives Matter, reconciliation, and gentrification."
  • "The podcast was born out of a graduate course taught by Eve Tuck, Associate Professor of Critical Race and Indigenous Studies at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE), University of Toronto, and has grown into an educational discourse."
  • "The cerebral discussions bring a roster of diverse voices to the table, and no set format." 

7. "Unreserved"

  • "CBC Journalist Rosanna Deerchild journeys to Indigenous communities across Turtle Island, to get into the deeper stories, from cultural tours of Black and Indigenous communities on the East Coast, to attending the Indigenous Comic Con in Albuquerque, New Mexico."
  • "Unreserved covers stories, large and small, of what Indigenous people are accomplishing." 
  • "Intelligent, Insightful, Indigenous. Stories, music, culture. Unreserved is the true voice of Indigenous Canada."