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Medicine for the resistance is a podcast hosted by an Anishnaabe kwe and an Afro mystic looking at life through #Black and #Indigenous eyes.

Medicine for the resistance is a podcast hosted by an Anishnaabe kwe and an Afro mystic looking at life through #Black and #Indigenous eyes.
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Medicine for the resistance is a podcast hosted by an Anishnaabe kwe and an Afro mystic looking at life through #Black and #Indigenous eyes.






Becoming Human with Ian Campeau

Ghosting the system. How do we get Free. Becoming Human. Picking up on the conversation with Dr. Sandy Grande, Ian Campeau joins us again to talk about what it would mean to truly leave capitalism and colonialism behind. How do we get free? We talk about what it means to be human, to act and live in a good way. The word Anishnaabe itself means human. Along the way we talk about the reserve system, the Indian Act, the Indian trust, and how Ian is going to vote in the upcoming Canadian...


Building community with the Strong Water Women

Building community takes a lot of different forms. This episode, recorded live at the Fort Erie Friendship Center features the Strong Water Women, a hand drum group in the Niagara Region. The group has been active for approximately 5 years, has performed at events throughout the community, including the Celebration of Nations at First Ontario Place in St. Catharines as well as vigils and smaller community events. This episode does have a lot of background noise, because it is recorded during...


Indigenous Anarchy and Homeschooling with Krista Flute

Public schools are hard on racialized children. History isn't taught correctly, social norms favour white eurocentric ideals, and we often wind up having to undo the damage done. Following up on our discussion with Dr. Grande about Ghosting the system we talk with Krista Flute, Lakota/Cajun mom who has chosen to teach her children in a homeschool community instead of sending them to the white supremacist system. Something an increasing number of racialized parents are choosing to do. Some...


Ghosting the system with Dr Sandy Grande

Shit is complicated. In November 2018 Dr. Grande gave a keynote on the academy and the struggles that Black and Indigenous academics face in this space and she made a remark, what if we ghosted the system? What if? What if we just left? What if we spent our time now building relationships and communities of relationships, alternatives and then just left? Because if we are going to resist, if we're going to try and save anything. We need to be a people worth saving. resources: Mohawk...


Building alliances with Verlia Roberts

Black and Indigenous people have a parallel and shared history in colonization. Displaced, displanted, forcibily relocated again and again. We weren't allowed to gather in our own groups, let alone gathering as communities. Colonialism has left deep scars of Indigenous erasure and anti-black racism in both of us. Conversations like this have power to push back against colonialism. Transcript available here:


The Tea Episode with Premika Leo

In our first ever tea episode, Actress and dancer Premika Leo shakes things up from a speech about women in the arts, to cultural appropriation. The assumptions that people make about Caribbean people and the movie Aladdin. This episode goes everywhere, but you're used to that by now. Don't forget to support us on Patreon and ko-fi transcript available here:...


Heroes and Monsters with Jay Odjick

Superheroes fight monsters, vanquishing them in some way. But what do we lose when we've destroyed all the monsters? This conversation with Jay Odjick, author of the graphic novel Kagagi and children's book Bear for Breakfast, joins us to talk about heroes and monsters and what we lose as a people when we've destroyed our monsters. Transcript here:


Maori Teachings with Vicky Young

Maori Teacher Vicky Young joins us to talk about their creation narrative, the Maori experience of colonization, and some intriguing possibilities when Indigenous people are treated as equals and the court adjudicating treaty obligations has real power.


Lessons From Palestine with Terri Monture and Audrey Huntley

From the colonized west, to Africa, to Palestine, settler colonialism uses the same strategies with the same brutal effectiveness. Using 21st century tools, Israel enacts the same horrors that the French, English, and Spanish did before them. But we have 21st century tools too. And no matter where they go, they have not been able to eradicate the original people. Colonization can be survived. We are still here. Listen to Terry Monture and Audrey Huntley talk about what it means to organize...


Black in Brazil with Marina Nabão

We often forget that both north and south Americas were colonized and we think differently about the states that are south of Mexico. We forget that the majority of enslaved Africans did not go to the United States. This conversation with Marina Nabão brings home the realities of living as a black woman in Brazil, what that means for her, for queer people, and for the Indigenous people of Brazil. Because it wasn't always Brazil. You can find Marina here:...


Who are you? with Tanika Riley

Who are you? Are you really who you think you are? How did you become that person? What is your purpose. From Wikwemikong to the slave dungeons of Ghana, Tanika talks about the importance of knowing who you are. And of claiming it all. The trauma, the beauty, all of it. Our ancestors know us, the places where their feet walked remember us. You can find Tanika at Transcript is available here:...


The Importance of Telling Our Own Stories with Cherokee producer Amanda Clinton

Most people have never met an Indigenous person in their entire lives, and everything they know is shaped by Hollywood and Mascots. Indigenous people are increasingly getting in front of, and behind, the camera to make sure that our stories are told our way. Meandering through Indigenous identity, the ancestors we discover, and the importance of narrative. Transcript available here: Don't forget to rate,...


Keri Leigh Merritt: Poor Whites in the Antebellum South

Poor whites were mistreated, excluded, jailed, and generally abused by the white slave owning class. So why did they align with them then, and why do they continue that alignment today? There are moments of collaboration between poor whites and enslaved or emancipated blacks, but only moments before the ruling class changes their strategy. Keri Leigh Merritt's book, Masterless Men unpacks the history of the Deep South during the antebellum period. It explains much about deep seated beliefs...


Finding Drew Hayden Taylor

Author, playwright, documentary filmmaker Drew Hayden Taylor joins us for a conversation about finding your voice, and what that looks like after being at the bottom of the social hierarchy for so long. As always, we talk about serious issues with a lot of laughter. Because while we have to get the poison out, we also need to heal, and be heard. Transcript available here:...


Reparations and solidarity with Human Rights Lawyer Anthony Morgan

From Reparations to solidarity to imagining what comes after. We talk with writer and human rights lawyer Anthony Morgan about the case for reparations being paid to the descendants of African slaves. Anthony also suggests that instead of settler, we talk about being displanted, forcibly removed and planted elsewhere, and the repeated ways that this has happened to Black communities. We end by imagining what comes next, and the power and resistance to be found in building relationships...


Cherokee grandmothers and Making metis Part 2: The importance of educating and talking about it

In Part 2 of this conversation with Cherokee genealogist Twila Barnes and French Canadian Academic Darryl Leroux we continue our conversation about the similarities between those who would claim Cherokee and those to remake themselves as Metis. These stories have real world consequences and it is important to get people talking, to get them comfortable with talking about this. Disrupted families are real. But so are those who take advantage of that disruption to claim what isn't theirs....


The stories we tell: Cherokee grandmothers and the eastern metis with Daniel, Twila, and Darryl

From Cherokee grandmothers to the rise of the eastern metis in French speaking Canada, the stories we tell about our family history has consequences that go beyond the beliefs of an individual. Cherokee genealogist Twila Barnes joins previous guests Daniel Justice and Darryl Leroux to talk about the similar themes between these groups of pretendians, and the material costs that these stories have on Indigenous peoples. transcript available here, errors in transcription are my own ~ pk...


The cost of pushing back, and the things we save with artist Aylan Couchie

Racialized people pay a personal and collective cost for the constant pushing back against settler colonialism. It burns us out. But what we we doing it for? What is growing beneath the fires of activism? Aylan Couchie is an Anishinaabekwe interdisciplinary artist and writer hailing from Nipissing First Nation. She is a NSCAD University alumna and received her MFA in Interdisciplinary Art, Media and Design at OCAD University in where she focused her thesis on reconciliation and its...


Change the narrative with Sedina Fiati

Sedina Fiati is an artist, actress, and activist. We talk about changing the narrative from the way she does land acknowledgements, to Black and Indigenous presence in the arts, and somehow landing the revelations about R Kelly and Michael Jackson and the importance of believing women. We claim our "hell no" and talk about building communities that are not thriving, not just surviving. Moving beyond dealing with trauma and harm, using activism to achieve what is our due.


Jess beads against fascism

Going home can be hard, but it is also critical to our wellbeing as BIPOC. No matter how much we think we fit in, or think we look like the people in charge, we don't. And they know who we are. So much of our anxiety and stress is related to that. And picking up aspects of our material culture, like beadwork, is one way of reconnecting. Going home. Listening to the ancestors. Beads against fascism does that. Listen to her here, then find her on Instagram. The resistance will be beautiful.