This Week on Media Mornings is a weekly independent Canadian and global news hour, featuring the top headlines and commentators from the past week. We bring you news you won’t hear anywhere else — a grassroots view on the week’s top global and national affairs.
In this week’s final instalment of our two-part special Reconciliation Radio podcast, we present voices breaking down and raising up the need for genuine reconciliation for survivors of Canada’s colonial residential school program.
As the City of Vancouver marks Reconciliation Week, and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission hears testimony from some of the 150,000 aboriginal residential school students, we delve deeper into the ongoing legacy and impacts of what many call an attempt at genocide, and highlight voices of resistance.
- 02:15 — This week’s top news headlines from across Canada and around the world. Produced & hosted by David P. Ball.
- 14:00 — Interview with Karen Joseph (Executive Director of Reconciliation Canada), about her organization’s week of events surrounding Vancouver hearings of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Interviewed on ACCESS TV by Sid Chow Tan.
- 29:30 — Interview with Glen Coulthard (Yelloknives Dene; professor of First Nations Studies and Political Science at the University of British Columbia) on the politics of resentment versus Canada’s vision for “reconciliation” between Canadians and Indigenous Peoples. Interviewed Sept. 19 by David P. Ball.
- 48:00 — Interview with Daniel Tseghay, an activist and writer in Vancouver, a member of Mainlander Radio, and a regular contributor to the Georgia Straight. He recently wrote an article there, ‘Reconciliation is not only about the past,’ examining ongoing colonialism today. Interviewed on Sept. 20 by Derrick O’Keefe.
- Music: Eekwol (“Apprentro”), Hell n Back (“All Nationz”), Propagandhi (“Bringer of Greater Things” live).
THIS WEEK’S TOP CANADIAN, INDIGENOUS & GLOBAL NEWS HEADLINES
TOP STORY: VANCOUVER: RECONCILIATION WALK — First Nations groups sang, drummed and danced as they led the walk from Queen Elizabeth Plaza to Concord Place, passing by tents featuring multicultural drummers along the route, with numbers estimated by organizers at 70,000 people on Sept. 22 (GEORGIA STRAIGHT).
BC: TAHLTAN MINING VICTORY — Faced with an escalating protest by Tahltan band members, blockaders declared victory this week after Fortune Minerals Ltd. cut short field work on a massive coal deposit in northern British Columbia (GLOBE & MAIL).
BC: FEDERAL-FIRST NATIONS PIPELINE TALKS — Ottawa and B.C. First Nations will be tied up in a “legal quagmire” for years over proposed oil pipelines because the federal government has not satisfied a legal requirement for “meaningful consultation” with natives, Gordon Christie, an associate law professor at UBC, said (VANCOUVER SUN).
INDIGENOUS: MISSING WOMEN DATABASE — Two grassroots organizations in Canada, No More Silence and Families of Sisters in Spirit, have teamed up to compile a newly launched community-based database of missing and murdered indigenous women and girls, compiled by the victims’ families themselves. An earlier database, Sisters in Spirit, was the first of cases of missing and murdered indigenous women in Canada, but the federal government stopped funding the program in 2010 (INDIAN COUNTRY TODAY).
PAKISTAN: EARTHQUAKE — Rescue teams are struggling to reach remote areas worst hit by the powerful earthquake which struck Pakistan’s south-western province of Balochistan (BBC).
IRAN: NUCLEAR TALKS, MEETINGS — Iran’s newly elected president has extended an olive branch to US President Barack Obama, and agreed to a meeting aimed at paving the way for the first round of substantive negotiations on the nuclear issue. It will mark the highest-level, direct contact between the US and Iran in six years (GUARDIAN).
SUDAN: FUEL, AUSTERITY STRIKES — At least 29 people have been killed in Sudan in three days of rioting over a government decision to scrap subsidies on fuel, and another eight people were killed in other regions across the country. On Thursday, activists called for fresh protests. The protests have been the largest in Sudan since President Omar al-Bashir came to power in 1989 (AL JAZEERA).
QATAR: WORLD CUP DEATHS — Qatar’s construction frenzy ahead of the 2022 World Cup is on course to cost the lives of at least 4,000 migrant workers before a ball is kicked, the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) has claimed (GUARDIAN).
GREECE: GOLDEN DAWN ARRESTS, PROTESTS — Thousands of Greeks have taken to the streets to denounce the murder of a rap musician stabbed to death by a member of the far-right Golden Dawn as a government inquiry presented evidence of widespread infiltration of security forces by the ultra-nationalist party (GUARDIAN).