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Indigenous Screen Office announces initial podcast slate

The Indigenous Screen Office (ISO) is partnering with Acast as it announces an inaugural slate of 12 projects under its Podcasting Program.

Acast will provide information support and lifetime hosting for each completed podcast under the program, created with a $500,000 grant from Google.

“Podcasting has become an important part of the screen-based ecosystem and is a vital tool for reclaiming Indigenous narratives in the audio realm,” said ISO CEO Kerry Swanson, in an announcement. “We are thrilled to have partnered with to create this opportunity and to start a new collaboration with Acast, an industry leader. The response to the program launch and the quality of the projects demonstrate the need and enthusiasm for this initiative.”

“Podcasting is one of the most powerful forms of storytelling out there. We’ve partnered with ISO because their passion and approach to storytelling is a natural fit with how Acast shares stories with audiences all around the world,” added Yael Strasberg, Acast Creator Network Director for Canada.

The selected projects are:

Actors and Ancestors, Joel Montgrand (Cree), British Columbia
Logline: Actors and Ancestors is a film and TV podcast that celebrates Indigenous actors, talks back to industry stereotypes and looks to the future of Indigenous Peoples on screen.

Alex au pays de Gaby, Terre Innue Inc., Kim O’Bomsawin (Abenaki), Quebec
Logline: A narrative educational podcast, featuring the actors from the movie “Jules au pays d’Asha.” Tailored for 8-12 year olds, it explores the perspectives of First Peoples, their languages and realities, going further than history books and beyond clichés to offer insight for youth in an accessible form.

Ancestral Science, Kori Czuy (Métis), Alberta
Logline: Exploring and Sharing the depth of Scientific Knowledge within Stories that humans have been gifted from the Star, Land, and Animal Ancestors for thousands of years.

The Aunties Dandelion, Kahstoserakwathe Paulette Moore, (Kanyen’kehà:ka), Ontario
Logline: Revitalizing our communities through stories of land, language and relationships.​

Creepy Teepee, Cynthia Murdock (Cree), Manitoba
Logline: A 10 episode x 30 min podcast that will bring folks together in the spirit of storytelling and spookiness! With hints of traditional teachings and awareness.

Enweying Our Sound, Monty McGahey II (Anishnaabe), Ontario
Logline: As an Anishinaabe household of five (including the dog), join us as we share our experiences raising our children speaking to them in Anishinaabemowin (Ojibwe language) as Second Language Learners ourselves. Anishinaabemowin is the language of the Anishinaabe people – also known as Ojibwe.

The Future is Indigenous – Matriarch Movement Season 4, Shayla Oulette Stonechild (Cree/Métis), Ontario
Logline: The Future is Indigenous, hosted by Matriarch Movement, is an 11-video podcast series that focuses on themes such as matriarchy, sustainability, Indigenous fashion and Indigenous futurism.

Indigi-Demo-Itis, Gaayangaay Productions Ltd, Kristi Lane Sinclair (Haida / Cree), British Columbia
Logline: The music podcast where Indigenous music artists pull back the curtain on their first demo, examining their career and lessons learned along the way.

Kwu Sneqsilxw, kwu sneqsilxw Collective, Jesse Martin, Levi Bent, Trenton Manossa-Gabriel (Okanagan), British Columbia
Logline: “Kwu Sneqsilxw”: Meaning “we are family,” this podcast explores what it means to be sqilx’w (Okanagan indigenous) and what the future of nsyilxcen language and culture might look like.

Native Origin Stories, Ready Up Productions Inc., Aretha Greatrix, (Cree (Inniniw/Illiliw)), Manitoba
Logline: Every person has an origin story.

Tales From The Rez Podcast, Tales From The Rez Productions Inc., Colin Lyttle Van Loon (Siksika/Blackfoot), British Columbia
Logline: Uncle Randolph is back with more terribly twisted Tales From The Rez to tell.

Truth Before Reconciliation, Tammy Wolfe (Cree (Ininiw)), Manitoba
Logline: We’re building relationships and teaching truth before reconciliation.


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Connie Thiessen
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Connie has worked coast-to-coast as a reporter, editor, anchor and host at CKNW and News 1130 in Vancouver, News 95.7 and CBC in Halifax, and CFCW Edmonton, among other stations. With a passion for music, film and community service, she led News 95.7 to a 2013 Atlantic Journalism Award and regional RTDNA award for Best Radio Newscast. More recently, she was nominated for Music Journalist of the Year at Canadian Music Week 2019. To report a typo or error please email -

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