Episode 1 — Awaken
Kris and Sarain begin this season’s journey exploring their individual paths. Kris delves into his family history with his uncle Mike McMillian and his mother Margaret Clark. Sarain prepares her medicine bundle with her mother, Traditional Practitioner Banakonda Kish. Kris and Sarain meet with Anishnaabekwe Knowledge Keeper, Teacher and Life Promotion Activist Dr. Deb Danard, as she helps them return to the place of Spirit and the Land, so they walk forward into the future together and find their way.
Episode 2 — Rematriate
Kris travels to Manitoulin Island for “The Unceded Journey,” a guided walking tour that memorializes historical landmarks in the community. Sarain meets with 13-year old Water Activist and Cultural Warrior Autumn Peltier and joins her and her family in a Water Ceremony. Kris and Sarain are invited into a grade 4 classroom taught by Anishnaabe Historian and Language Advocate Dominic Beaudry, who helps implement the language program developed by the Sudbury Catholic District School Board.
Episode 3 — Rebuild
Kris visits the Ojibwe Cultural Foundation on M’Chigeeng First Nation, an organization that houses their own artifacts and creates projects of repatriation, education and excavation. Sarain sits down with Jesse Unapik Mike, Moriah Sallaffie and members of the Qanak Collective to discuss the importance of a political and cultural hub for this small Inuit community in Iqaluit. Kris and Sarain get their groove on with Anishnaabe DJ & Techno Pow Wow Artist Classic Roots during a youth dance and music workshop at the Barrie Native Friendship Centre.
Episode 4 — Reimagine
Kris takes part in a Wampum Belt & Treaty Teaching Workshop with Artist Brenda Lee and Journalist/Educator Maurice Switzer in North Bay. Sarain discusses reclaiming the agency of representation with Artists/Youth Arts Activists Chief Lady Bird and Aura Last in Toronto. Kris and Sarain meet with Anishnaabe PhD Candidate for Social-Ecological Sustainability Melanie Goodchild who brings Indigenous Knowledge to the most cutting edge applications in Social Science, Technology and Research.
Episode 5 — Reframe
Kris joins Brandon Oolayou, Inuk from Frobisher Bay, on a seal hunt and Nellie Kusugak, Commissioner of Nunavut, shares what life is like in Nunavut. Sarain discusses issues of suicide in the North with Inuk Workshop Facilitator Adam Akpik of Embrace Life Council, an organization focusing on suicide prevention, intervention and post-intervention for Inuit youth in Iqaluit. Kris and Sarain explore the high frequency, high-tech world of Digital Media Warrior and Knowledge Transmitter Selena Mills in her Barrie home.
Episode 6 — Revitalize
Kris sits with Elder Advocate Meeka Mike and learns about her fight to protect Qaujimajatuqangit (Inuit Knowledge.) Sarain throws herself into an improvisation game with theatre students at Debajehmujig Creation Centre on Manitoulin Island, a training school and touring company who are Indigenizing the theatre creation process. Kris and Sarain meet Anishnaabe LED Hoopdancer and MMIW Advocate Theland Kicknosway and get a glimpse into his life as performer, activist, knowledge keeper and high school student.
Episode 7 — Reclaim
Kris gets a personal tour from Park Manager Jeff Monague, who takes Kris on a survival skills walk in Springwater Park near Barrie, Ontario. Our team joins Sarain on her tour of Fatty Legs, a choral performance about Residential School that she co-created with Xara Choral Theatre. Kris and Sarain are invited into the jewelry workshop of Metal Artist, Sculptor and Educator Mathew Nuqingaq, owner of Aayuraa Studio in Iqaluit.
Episode 8 — Recover
Kris visits the Haudenosaunee Longhouses in the interactive museum of Ska-nah-doht Village in the Lower Thames Valley. Sarain tackles the famous Cup and Saucer Trail on Manitoulin Island as part of the Great Spirit Circle Trail, a tour guide company that is reframing the way tourists experience the land. Kris and Sarain lose themselves in the world of Virtual Reality with Haudenosaunee Software Developer Monica Peters, who gives them head-mounted displays and takes them on a journey into Endangered Languages..
Episode 9 — Redefine
Kris learns about the ancient practice of pictographs from Artist, Activist and Anishnaabe Knowledge Keeper Isaac Murdoch. Sarain goes to North Bay and visits with K’Tigaaning Midwives who are Indigenizing childbirth and the Western practice of prenatal care. Kris and Sarain join award-winning writer and podcaster Ryan McMahon in studio and learn about the power of digital storytelling.
Episode 10 — Renew
Kris meets with Alexandra Kahsenni:io Nahwegahbow, the first ever Associate Curator of Historical Indigenous Art at the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa. Sarain does a radio interview with Author/Journalist and CBC radio host Waubgeshig Rice and joins him for a book reading of his new novel “Moon of the Crusted Snow” at Laurentian University. Kris and Sarain visit Tumikuluit Saipaaqivik, Iqaluit’s first Inuktitut Daycare, and talk with Executive Director Celina Kalluk who is empowering the next generation of Inuktitut speakers.
Episode 11 — Restore
Kris gets a personal tour by brother/sister scholars Jade and Mitch Huguenin who are largely responsible for the inclusion of Metis history and knowledge in the historical site of Discovery Harbour in Penetanguishene. Sarain gets her groove on in the home recording studio of award-winning Anishnaabe family band Digging Roots and discusses their land-based approach to music composition. Kris and Sarain download the Anishnaabemowin app “Challenge4Change” and talk with Chief of Wiikwemkoong, Anishnaabemowin Speaker and Language Advocate Duke Peltier about the communal creation of a digital language portal that will support future learners of Anishnabemowin.
Episode 12 — Replenish
Kris walks through the Sheguiandah Quarry on Manitoulin Island, an unmarked prehistoric site that proves Indigenous settlement since the Ice Age. Sarain visits with Anishnaabe Singer/Drummer/Teacher Tasheena Sarazin who creates safe places for women around the drum, on the pow wow trail, and in their own families and communities. Kris and Sarain get a glimpse into the food sustainability programs created by Enaadmaagehjik: Wikwemikong Development Commission on Manitoulin Island..
Episode 13 — Paradigm Shift
Kris goes to Ottawa to meet Elaine Kicknosway, 60’s Scoop Advocate and Co-Founder of The National Indigenous Survivors of Child Welfare Network. Sarain travels to Ajax and enters the “situation room,” where Mi’kmaq Lawyer, Professor and Social Justice Advocate Dr. Pamela Palmater records her “Warrior Life” podcast. Kris and Sarain go into the bush to visit Nimkii Aazhibikong, the year-round Ojibway Art, Culture and Language Revitalization Camp in Elliot Lake.