Episode 4: Reconciliation In The Entertainment Industry
On this episode, we speak with some the Entertainment industries’ most influential Indigenous voices. We pose the question — has reconciliation happened in movies or on stage? Has it happened within the lives of these talented performers?
The episode closes with the latest track from the Snotty Nose Rez Kids, “The Warriors”. Be sure to check out more of their amazing music at snottynoserezkids.bandcamp.com.
Our opening and closing theme music comes to us courtesy of Boogey The Beat — check out more of his brilliant work atsoundcloud.com/boogeythebeat. The interstitial music is courtesy of Bloom — you can hear more of their songs at bloom14.bandcamp.com.
Minogondaagan, was produced on Treaty One territory, the original lands of the Anishinaabeg, Nehiyawak, Oji-Cree, Dakota, and Dene peoples, and the homeland of the Métis nation.
We would like to thank the Community Radio Fund Of Canada, the University Of Manitoba’s Office Of Indigenous Engagement, the National Centre For Truth & Reconcilliation, the University Of Manitoba Student’s Union and UMFM 101.5 for their support in the production of this series.
Our first guest is Metis actress and activist, Tantoo Cardinal, is a Member of the Order of Canada, one of the country's highest civilian honors. The Order of Canada recognizes Cardinal for her contributions to the growth and development of Aboriginal performing arts in Canada. Honored with the 2015 ACTRA Award of Excellence, her most notable roles include Dances With Wolves, North of 60, Blackstone and Wind River.
Our second guest is Gerry “The Big Bear” Barrett, an award winning stand-up comedian, and actor. Gerry Barrett is an Ojibway and grew up on the Saugeen First Nation in Ontario. The Big Bear is known for his biting political satire, pop culture references, skits and live music. Gerry has toured his all-Indigenous themed stand-up comedy show and tribute to Elvis to corporate events and festivals across North America.
Our third guest, Don Kelly, is a stand-up comedian and the Gemini-nominated host and writer of the television series Fish Out of Water, now entering its fourth season on APTN. Fish Out of Water explores Don's adventures as an urban Indian trying to learn the traditional skills and wisdom of Aboriginal peoples across Turtle Island, often with hilarious results. Don has also starred in his own national television specials on CBC's Comics and CTV's Comedy Now and has many appearances on The Debaters, the Winnipeg Comedy Festival and other programs and festivals. Don continues to perform stand-up comedy across North America. Don is a proud citizen of the Ojibways of Onigaming, a Treaty Three First Nation in Ontario.