In this episode of the Red Man Laughing Podcast we take you inside the SFU Woodwards Theatre in downtown Vancouver for the Vancouver Indigenous Media Arts Festival (VIMAF). This was an incredible show that features Richard Van Camp (Dogrib (Tlicho) Nation from Fort Smith, NWT), Melina Laboucan-Massimo (Lubicon Cree) and Klee Benally (Dine/Russian/Polish).
Richard Van Camp breaks down stories from community, the process of adapting his works to film & television and he ends up hijacking the podcast (in the best way possible) and doing a hilarious book giveaway! Next Melina Laboucan-Massimo schools us on the connection between the destruction of Mother Earth and how/why it is directly connected to the violence Women from our communities experience. Melina also recounts a touching and very funny story about her sister, Bella, that brings us to a beach, involves slightly scared Non-Native people and a suprise ending. Melina’s sister Bella is no longer with us in the physical sense as this summer she was taken from us in a crime that has yet to be solved. We’re honoured Melina shared Bella’s story with us. And, last but not least, we get to hear from the incredible Klee Benally. Klee gives us some music, but he also shines a light on a longstanding fight for his home territories and he tells us about what the land means to him.
This is one of our best shows yet - enjoy and please share!
We’re approaching the one year anniversary of the start of Chief Spence’s hunger strike on Victoria Island. We’re approaching the anniversary of a number of key dates from last year that marked the largest Indigenous resurgence this country has every seen. We’re approaching the anniversary (#J11) of the date that could have been the outright rejection of the colonial agenda set forth by the Canadian Government. We’re approaching all of these dates and at the risk of sound dramatic - does anyone care?
At the risk of throwing around tired cliches and, at this point, uninspired catch phrases, where did the fire go? Where did the spirit of the people go? What happened after #J11? These are some of the fundamental question we look to answer, or at least explore, at the Niigan: In Conversation Live Red Man Laughing Podcast taping on December 10th, 2013 in Ottawa, ON at the National Arts Centre.