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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