Community Talk Show: Oshkadis chihneekaneech / The youth will lead


Video/Audio: Returning To Ourselves, December 2013

Our friend Greg Macdougall at Equitable Education filmed the complete discussion of our December 10, 2013 Returning to Ourselves event.

From left to right is Wab Kinew, Celina Cada-Metasawagon, Geraldine King, Leanne Simpson, Chief Isadore Day, Lee Maracle, Chief Derek Nepinak, and Ryan McMahon.

We partnered with Anishinaabe comedian Ryan McMahon to distribute the evening’s discussion as part of his Red Man Laughing podcast. The audio can be streamed or downloaded here:

Niigaan Winter Gala: A Red Man Laughing Live Podcast

Niigaan: In Conversation is honoured and excited to partner with Red Man Laughing for its upcoming Winter Gala and Fundraiser at the National Arts Centre on December 10, 2013 in Ottawa, Ontario. The theme is Biiskaabiiyang (returning to ourselves) particularly regarding how to move forward in the collective work across the land. Please join us for music, laughter, discussion, dancing and delicious food. The Red Man Laughing Podcast will be a discussion to recreate our shared future.  It’s been a year since Chief Spence’s fast and Idle No More. It’s time to regroup, refocus and figure out what we’re doing next. We do this by looking at what we’ve done and what needs to be done and where to go next.

We asked ourselves, what happened to the fire? The community rallied around Chief Spence, there was a desperate feeling, people brought wood, food, soup, medicines, water. We need to get that energy back. The problems are still here, we still have work to do.

We want to hear everyone’s contribution to this discussion;
Please join us to add your voice to this important project.

Our host for the evening is Ryan McMahon, comedian, actor, thinker and Anishinaabe living in Winnipeg. He will be joined by:

  • Grand Chief Derek Nepinak (Pine Creek First Nation, Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs)
  • Chief Isadore Day (Serpent River FN)
  • Lee Maracle (author of a number of critically acclaimed, award-winning works)
  • Leanne Simpson (author of a number of critically acclaimed, award-winning works)
  • Geraldine King (academic extraordinaire and community mover and shaker)
  • Celina Matasawagon (astounding inspiration)

Music from:

  • Gerri Trimble (Jazz singer beyond compare)
  • Mosha Folger (a.k.a. M.O. hip hop, spoken word master)

Silent Auction:

  • Christi Belcourt
  • Sonny Assu
  • Jaime Koebel
  • Mo McGreavy
  • Shady Hafez
  • Kelly-Ann Kruger

and more!

Wab Kinew, Director of Indigenous Inclusion at the University of Winnipeg, the host of CBC’s 8th Fire and Al Jazeera host, will be joining us to film the discussion between our host and our guests! In partnership with the University of Winnipeg, Niigaan: In Conversation discussion will be used to create teaching materials around the topic of Idle No More. We are so honoured and excited that the University will be supporting our work.
Eventbrite - Niigaan Winter Gala: A Live Red Man Laughing Podcast

Events to Date

Niigaan: In Conversation

March 9, 2013
National Arts Centre
Speakers: Niigaanwewidam James Sinclair, Elder Albert Dumont, Theland Kicknosway, Elaine Kicknosway, Tiffany Dumont, Thomas King, Leanne Simpson and Victoria Freeman, Bonita Lawrence and Chief Gilbert Whiteduck, Claudette Commanda and John Read LL.B., Craig Benjamin (Amnesty International) and Andrea Landry

Niigaan: An Evening of Conversation

June 8, 2013
University of Ottawa
Speakers: Waubgeshig Rice, Elder Verna McGregor, Lawrence Martin, John Borrows, Ed Bianchi (KAIROS), Chelsea Vowel, Shiri Pasternak

Honour the Apology

July 25, 2013

Speakers: Claudette Commanda, Barb Hill, Linda Koosis, Lysandra Chaplin, Geraldine King

Niigaan Treaty Workshops

July 15, 31 and August 15, 2013
Gallery 101

Speakers: Ed Bianchi, Richard Powless, Niigaanwewidam Sinclair, Rarihokwats

Niigaan: Talk Show

September 15, 2013
University of Ottawa

Participants: Native Women’s Association of Canada, Amnesty International, KAIROS, Ecology Ottawa, Asinabka Indigenous Film and Media Arts Festival, OPIRG, Families of Sisters in Spirit, Native Youth Sexual Health Network. Speakers: Ian Campeau, Qajaq Robinson, J-L Fournier, Ed Bianchi, Alexa Lesperance, Jennifer Adese

Treaty Workshop

October 22, 2013
Muslim Community Centre

Understanding Elsipogtog

October 29, 2013
Gallery 101

Participants: Richard Powless, Albert Dumont

November 2, 2013
No One Is Illegal, Re-Launch & Conference, “Building the Treaty Relationship with Settlers”

Video: Talk Show

From September 15, 2013. Seven guests discussing Indigenous-settler relations, Indigenous naming, the Nepean Redskins name, and what decolonization means. Speakers: Jennifer Adese, Alexa Lesperance, Neal Freeland, Ed Bianchi, Jean-Luc Fournier, Ian Campeau, Qajaq Robinson. Host: Darren Sutherland. Video produced by