Aaniin! As a student in a program that requires always having your nose in a book, I’ve found it personally challenging to make time for leisure reading. Don’t get me wrong—I love reading, but it almost feels like a chore. Especially when trying to live a balanced life. This is very much a common experience for students… you spend so much time dissecting various texts, that at the end of the day the last thing you want is to look at another book. I’ve found that listening to podcasts can serve as a manageable substitute that you can easily incorporate into your busy lifestyle, whether you listen during your commute or while at the gym.
Recently, my partner and I have taken to listening to the podcast All My Relations when driving together. As a Nishnaabe who grew up outside of my community without traditions and ceremony, I feel that I have the responsibility to reconnect and find those relationships. The hosts of All My Relations, Matika Wilbur (Swinomish and Tulalip) and Adrienne Keene (Cherokee Nation), have fostered an engaging environment that encourages Indigenous and non-Indigenous folx to explore the identities we hold. To me representation matters; Matika and Adrienne inspire me to explore my own Indigeneity and have helped me understand what it means to be Indigenous, especially in this current socio-political climate.
All My Relations is a concept that reminds us of the relationships we hold—with the land, identity, ourselves, and each other. My partner is non-Indigenous and by listening to the podcast together, we realize the responsibility we have to think relationally and engage in these conversations. Matika and Adrienne tackle a range of topics from blood quantum to language to food sovereignty and beyond—we find ourselves thinking critically in one moment and laughing along with them in the next.
I find myself struggling to do the podcast justice in my attempt summarize it for you. It’s so incredibly well done. With Indigenous Education Week fast approaching, All My Relations is great way to prepare and I would encourage you to give it a listen because we have so much we can learn from one another. This year’s focus will be on language—all Indigenous and non-Indigenous folx are welcomed to attend!
Indigenous Education Week takes place from October 28 until November 1, 2019. You can see a list of this year’s events here.