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11 Indigenous podcasts for your listening pleasure

Time to decolonize the airwaves! There are loads of podcasts created and hosted by Indigenous people that aim to tell stories from an Indigenous perspective. From true crime to current affairs, sci-fi analysis to music storytelling, this list covers a wide range of Indigenous podcasters putting out ground-breaking content for your ears. 

Did we miss any of your favourites? Let us know in the comments!

1. Molly Swain and Chelsea Vowel are two Métis women hailing from Alberta who are unabashedly obsessed with science fiction. Together, they host Otipêyimisiw-iskwêwak kihci-kîsikohk, or, Métis in Space: a podcast where the two women sit down with a bottle of wine, a decolonial attitude, and an exceptionally nerdy sci-fi movie or television episode that includes Indigenous people. 

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2.The Henceforward’ is a podcast that started as part of a graduate course called Decolonization, Settler Colonialism and Antiblackness taught by Eve Tuck at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto.

The Henceforward considers relationships between Indigenous Peoples and Black Peoples on Turtle Island, and how they have been influenced by anti-blackness and settler colonialism. In turn, the team behind the podcast looks into collaboration opportunities between the two groups, and what their lived experiences are like.

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3. Red Man Laughing is hosted, created and produced by Anishinaabe comedian Ryan McMahon. Ryan’s storytelling comedy style is fast paced, loose & irreverent as he explores the good, the bad & the ugly between Indian Country & the mainstream on RML.

RML dedicated its fifth season entirely to the theme of reconciliation, with conversations about the land, youth, education, the Indian Act, and more. Many episodes contain interviews with notable Indigenous personalities, and generally hilarious rants from Ryan. Including, in the latest season, a rant about ugly babies.

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4. Unreserved is CBC Radio’s space for the Indigenous community, culture, and conversation. Host Rosanna Deerchild introduces listeners to the storytellers, culture makers and community shakers from across the country. Bonus: the podcast features music by Indigenous artists, as well.

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5. Connie Walker’s eight-part Missing and Murdered podcast traces the story of Alberta Williams, a 24-year-old woman from the Gitanyow Band in British Columbia who was murdered in 1989. Walker had received a tip from a former RCMP officer who investigated the case back in the 90s, leading her to follow leads on the case that had never been solved.

Walker is Cree, and carries out the podcast with heavy input from Alberta Williams’ family, and keeping her perspective as an Indigenous woman at the forefront. The podcast is meant to bring awareness to the epidemic of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls in Canada, while telling the story of Alberta as a human being, robbed of her life at a young age. This podcast contains sensitive material that some listeners may find disturbing. 

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6. MEDIA INDIGENA is a weekly Indigenous current affairs roundtable hosted by Rick Harp. This podcast show discusses the news from an Indigenous perspective, providing commentary on how the media portrays Indigenous culture and issues, and news that affects Indigenous communities.

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7. 'Native Currents is a podcast hosted by Anishinaabe academic Steven Vanloffeld and Mi’kmaq lawyer and Glenn Wheeler. This podcast presents a critical review of events and goings-on in Indian Country from critiques of the Canadian government to unpacking racist, colonialist systems that affect Indigenous people in Canada.

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8. A Tribe Called Geek is a nerd-culture podcast that prides itself on its “Indigenerdity.” The ATCG website covers everything from comics, STEM, cosplaying, art, entertainment and more. Hosts Johnnie Jae and Jackie Malstrom interview fellow Indigenerds and discuss the intersections of Indigeneity and geek culture.

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9. The Indigenous music hub Revolutions per Minute hosts a podcast dedicated to giving a voice to the music, stories, and experiences of Indigenous artists from around the world by exploring a place, idea, or tradition that inspires our songs and our people. This podcast is a blend of social and cultural discussion and Indigenous pop culture.

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10. Lauren Crazybull hosts This is Blackfoot Territory, a podcast that shares stories and issues affecting people of colour. Lauren is herself Blackfoot, and approaches the podcast from a personal perspective alongside her guests. We interviewed Lauren a while back about her experience podcasting.

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11. New Fire takes listeners from remote reserves to bustling big cities with Urban Native Girl Lisa Charleyboy. Lisa brings you to the heart of the conversations important to Aboriginal youth.

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More podcasts with an Indigenous lens can be found on the Indigenous podcast network, Indian & Cowboy. Here you can find a podcast that focuses on activism-related art, filmmaker Sterlin Harjo interviewing people he likes and more of Ryan McMahon.

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