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Episode 7: Podcasting with Métis in SPACE SPAce space

Indigenous podcasting is really picking up speed. There are so many great ones to listen to from Media Indigena to Coffee with My Ma. There’s even an Indigenous podcasting network: Indian and Cowboy ! Check them all out. You won’t be disappointed.

Podcasts are a fantastic medium for anyone to pick up and run with. If we can do it, you can do it.

For this episode, we sit down with Chelsea Vowel and Molly Swain, hosts of Métis in Space , a podcast that is “OTIPÊYIMISIW-ISKWÊWAK KIHCI-KÎSIKOHK. UNAPOLOGETICALLY INDIGENOUS, UNABASHEDLY FEMALE & UNBLINKINGLY NERDY.”

We talk a lot about how to get started and these useful resources:

Once you’ve got the basics, you can also check out Audacity, an open source software. It’s what we use to edit our podcasts. Since it’s open, it’s FREE to download and there are a ton of tutorials on youTube.

Whatever your interests are, there is someone out there just as nerdy as you. Let your freak flag fly and start recording your story!


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Episode 6: What is Predatory Publishing?

Since we are all trained librarians, it’s our job to educate others about protecting their information.

When thinking about publishing your work, you must be aware of predatory publishing. What is that?! You’ll have to listen and see…

After checking out this episode, we suggest that you look at these sources. They will help you to decipher whether or not you are being scammed:

Did we miss anything important? Let’s work together to make a comprehensive list!

Episode 5: Illustrating Picture Books with Gabrielle LaMontagne

Did you know that the three of us are art school drop outs?

Surprise! We all failed.

Luckily, we have Gabrielle LaMontagne to school us on illustrations. We sat down together, ate a ton of chocolate, and talked art.

Currently, you can view Gabrielle’s art in Rutherford Library South at the University of Alberta for the “Creations and Relations” exhibit. While you’re there, check out some other fantastic artists.

For now, here’s a sneak peek into the picture book that Gabrielle is working on: a story about Lac Ste. Anne fishing.

Click through the gallery.

Just. Do. It.

PS. She has an Instagram Account. Keep up with her work @gabreezelle!

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Episode 4: Relating to Research with Paul Gareau

Another week, another episode.

This episode features some key insights into Indigenous writing, editing, and publishing. If you haven’t heard this before, relationality is key to working WITH Indigenous Peoples.

For this episode, we visit Paul Gareau (our “Academic Dad”) to talk about editing and writing Indigenous research. Other highlights include: Métis experiences of religion, kinship relationships, collaboration, teaching, ownership of work, etc.

This episode makes me laugh because it reminds me of the Métis kitchen. It’s the centre of our culture because it’s where all the visiting happens. Our conversation with Paul reminds me of kitchen visits: lots of laughs and tangents.

Enjoy!


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Episode 3: Writing Memoirs with Tammy Ball

I don’t know if you knew this yet, but Métis families do things together. Believe me. If there is a family upset two provinces away, you better believe we will hop into the car and make the 15+ hour trip to make sure they’re okay. Same thing goes for podcasting! That being said, there was no better person to include in our interviews than my Mom: Tammy Ball.

This episode marks a personal journey between my Mom and I. As you will hear in the interview, she has a lot of stories to tell. Many of these stories I haven’t heard until these last few years. It’s been an incredible experience reading through them as it has given me a lot of insight into her history and how it has affected how she raised my sister and I.

Without spoiling the book, these stories range from Métis cultural practices to intergenerational trauma. All are brilliantly intertwined with Tammy’s unique voice, which is marked by sassy and serious moments. Call me biased, but I can’t wait for this one to be published!

Ps. If you hear growling in the audio, you might be hearing my fur sisters (pictured below).

Our extra guests (left to right): Maddy, Little Bit, and Roxy

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Episode 2 – Making Zines with Ambrose

July 1st is a complicated day for Indigenous Peoples. Mainstream society calls it “Canada’s Birthday” to denote the anniversary of the Constitution Act, 1867. This Act brought the provinces together to form what we now know as Canada.

As Indigenous Peoples, we know that the Land and the people have been here since time immemorial. To us, “Canada Day” is a reminder of the wounds we have suffered from colonization, which is still present today.

With this in mind, we were conflicted about whether we should release an episode for our podcast on this day. As a group (including our interviewee), we decided that the only way to do it in a good way would be as a statement of resistance.

With this episode, we would like to draw your attention to the problems behind this day and how it might affect your Indigenous friends and family. Instead of celebrating the colonial history of this Land, reclaim this day for the resilience, resistance, and resurgence of Indigenous Peoples.

Consider this episode a gift for Anti-Colonial Day.

Sit back, relax, and decolonize your ears!


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