When I first met Cheri Petty, she was on the stage at the Artful Dodger, a local restuarant/club in Regina. She walked up onto a stage, put down a card with some scribbles on it, picked up a microphone, and I laughed full belly laughs for the next 15 minutes.
Canadian punk rock icon and Juno award winner Art Bergmann has written a ballad to a Saskatchewan boy who froze to death nearly 50 years ago fleeing a residential school.
The Liberals have outlined their Aboriginal platform. We hear from the leader Justin Trudeau and get reaction from the former Chief of the F.S.I.N.and president of the Metis nation-Saskatchewan.
Lawyers for the federal government were in a Saskatoon court this week to persuade a judge to force five First Nations to open their books to the public. Meeting Ground Producer Kelly Malone was in court for the proceedings.
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In 2008 I was living in an apartment covered in what appeared to be Fresh Prince of Bel Air graffiti and the most disgusting carpet which likely was just a sheet of mold on our floor. This apartment was only two floors above a bar that played blues music until late in the evening and my bedroom window looked out onto a street lined with catcalls of drunks hoping for a little love after the open signs switched off.
It smelled, it was loud, and it is one of my favourite memories of my early 20s.
Are Aboriginal issues on the table? That's a question a lot of people are asking after Federal party leaders took the stage for the first debate of the campaign last Thursday night.
As the weeks of campaigning continue on party platforms should become clearer but I wanted to know where party's stand and what I need to look for.
So I called up Ken Coates, a Professor and Canada Research Chair in Regional Innovation in the Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy and MacDonald-Laurier Institute's Senior Policy Fellow in Aboriginal and Northern Canadian Issues. If you want to hear the audio listen to the latest Meeting Ground podcast.
Keep reading for the interview.
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Ken Coates, Professor and Canada Research Chair in Regional Innovation in the Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy and MacDonald-Laurier Institute's Senior Policy Fellow in Aboriginal and Northern Canadian Issues starts us off with an analysis of where each of the three major parties stand on indigenous issues. He then has three suggestions for aboriginal voters on what to look out for over the course of this long election campaign.
We hear from Assembly of First Nations Grand Chief Perry Bellegarde who speaks to the importance of getting the aboriginal voter to the ballot box this time. The AFN has singled out 51 ridings that could swing if indigenous people get out and vote. Seven of those ridings are in Saskatchewan. They are: Desnethe-Missinippi-Churchill River, Battlefords-Lloydminster, Prince Albert, Saskatoon West, and three ridings in Regina; Lewvan, Qu'Appelle and Wascana.
To take our minds off this long election campaign, you can head out to the 18th annual John Arcand Fiddle Fest just southwest of Saskatoon. We hear a piece on the man himself and provide details about this ever growing Metis festival.
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It's the first official day of campaigning for Canadian political parties. So what do you need to know?
Well it's the first official day of campaigning for Canadian political parties.
So what do you need to know? I've decided to do a roundup of some pretty decent reads to kick you into campaign season.
Kelly Geraldine Malone is a freelance journalist, podcaster, and radio producer based out of Manitoba, Canada