Season 1 Episode List

Denise McCuaig

What are your greatest words of wisdom? In this episode of our Métis Speaker Series, Denise McCuaig talks about overcoming barriers she faced in her healing process. The episode discusses blood memory and how it has gone on to affect an entire generation’s healing process. In her words, Denise shares her advice for today’s youth and her best ways to assist them in rebuilding our nation. She also touches on her favourite medicine to harvest and explains traditional Métis healing practices.

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Shaughn Davoren

In this episode of our Métis Speaker Series, we ask Shaughn Davoren how we go about decolonizing leadership. Shaughn shares advice as to how we can amplify Métis culture in leadership roles and help youth understand leadership as a practice rather than an official role.

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Lynette La Fontaine

In this episode of our Métis Speaker Series, we talk about health and wellness with knowledge carrier, Lynette La Fontaine. Lynette shares their words for describing healing through culture and how to describe the barriers that are connected to cultural healing. They go on to share medicine wheel teachings and speaks to beading as a form of medicine.

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Vanessa Prescott

In this episode of our Métis Speaker Series, we chat about the environment and sustainability with Vanessa Prescott. Vanessa shares her story, about where her family comes from and what their relationship was with the land. She shares what she finds most special about Métis land-based practices and how relationships with land have changed over time for Métis people. The series covers how we can begin to repair and build better relationships with First Nation land stewards in BC.

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Jana Schulz

This episode of our Métis Speaker Series focuses on women and gender equity, represented by R4 Women’s rep Jana Schulz. Jana speaks to the topic of fair visibility and what this looks like for people. She also shares healing practices and the forms of support that survivors and families benefit from. Jana talks about what part of her truth was silenced and why it is important to honour the things that society doesn’t want to acknowledge.

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Louis De Jaeger

In this episode of our Métis Speaker Series, we speak to Louis De Jaeger, Métis Nation BC Acting Vice-President. Louis shares his experience in how a nation supports the inclusion of Two-Spirited people and Métis traditions around two-spirited people. He goes on to advise how we can work towards greater gender inclusivity. Louis believes in the positive impacts of implementing the rainbow crosswalk in your community.

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Amy Cross & Marie Schoenthal

For this episode of our Métis Speaker Series, we chat with Amy Cross and Marie Schoenthal. The two women share knowledge regarding the diversity of indigenous languages in Métis communities. They speak to the imperfectness of practicing and reclaiming language, and how this practice can contribute to the healing process. From the perspective of an elder and a learner, these women provide a unique understanding of language and their own michif learnings. Michif learnings are inspirational sayings and words of gratitude that speak to you.

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Lauren Petersen

In this final episode of our Métis Speaker Series, we sit down with Lauren Petersen to look at the process of reconciliation through the Métis lens. This chat discusses the question, how do we reconcile with ourselves? Lauren looks at the process of reconciliation with those who have caused us harm. She discusses how building relationships with First Nations is an important piece of Reconciliation.

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