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Episode 8: Reconciliation From A Safety Perspective

On this episode, we speak with Indige­nous lead­ers who are help­ing to keep our streets safe. We pose the ques­tion – is rec­on­cil­i­a­tion hap­pen­ing in terms of safe­ty? Has it hap­pened with­in the lives of these war­riors who have cho­sen to keep their com­mu­ni­ties safe?

**Please note, this episode con­tains dis­cus­sion about sui­cide and could be poten­tial­ly trig­ger­ing to others.**

The episode clos­es with Elec­tric Pow Wow Drum” a clas­sic track from the land­mark debut record from A Tribe Called Red. Be sure to check out all of their amaz­ing music at atribecalle​dred​.com.

Our open­ing and clos­ing theme music comes to us cour­tesy of Boogey The Beat — check out more of his bril­liant work atsound​cloud​.com/​b​o​o​g​e​y​t​h​ebeat. The inter­sti­tial music is cour­tesy of Bloom — you can hear more of their songs at bloom14​.band​camp​.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.


  • Mitch Bourbonniere

    Our first guest is Mitch Bourbonniere, a tireless community leader who volunteers with Mama Bear Clan, Got Bannock and Drag the Red. Mama Bear Clan walks the neighbourhoods of North Point Douglas and Winnipeg’s Main Street spreading warmth, cheer and love by greeting Winnipeg’s homeless brothers and sisters with hugs , conversation and donations of clothing and food. Mitch has a masters degree in social work and teaches at the universities of Manitoba, Winnipeg and College St Boniface . Mitch is also a social worker in the Louis Riel school division and added the 2018 Manitoba Heroes designation to his lengthy resume of honors and acknowledgements.

  • Jenna "Liiciious" Wirch

    Our second guest, Jenna "Liiciious" Wirch is the co-founder of Aboriginal Youth Oppourtunities, serving as the Youth Engagement Coordinator since 2010. She is a strong Anishinabekwe advocate/community helper from the North End of Winnipeg and has since taken up a role as a youth empowerment facilitator and the megaphone girl at rallies taking place in our city. She is very active in the Winnipeg's inner city at many events and mentors other young people from the core area, helping them reach and realize their full potential. A published author and former Manitoba Women's Advisory Council member, Liiciious brings her attitude and fun style to each engagement that she does. Inspiring in every way, from how she dresses and talks, to the way she gets tattooed, Jenna Liiciious is ready to help our community take concrete steps towards healing and hope!

  • Michael Redhead Champagne

    Our third guest, Michael Redhead Champagne, was born and raised in Winnipeg’s North End, and is an award-winning community organizer, public speaker, and a proud member of Shamattawa Cree Nation. Michael believes we all have a gift and shows youth the path to discover their own. He is solution oriented and passionate about building system literacy, encouraging volunteerism, and engaging communities to be involved in the design, delivery, and evaluation of any initiative that affects them. Michael is known for his straight up and heartfelt style that will leave you moved, inspired, and ready for action.