Discography of Leela Gilday

  • Spirit World, Solid Wood (2002)
  • Sedzé (2006)
  • Calling All Warriors (2010)
  • Heart of the People (2014)
  • North Star Calling (2019)


Guest Host Leela Gilday discussing The Lesser Blessed by Richard Van Camp.

If you’re from the North, Leela Gilday’s music is home. If you’ve never been, it will take you there. Born and raised in the Northwest Territories, she writes about the people and the land that created her. The power in her voice conveys the depth of her feelings of love and life in a rugged environment and vibrant culture, as if it comes straight from that earth. Leela’s family is from Délįne on the shore of Great Bear Lake and her rich vocals dance across the rhythmic beats of traditional Dene drumming as smoothly as a bass line onstage the largest venues in the country. And she has played them all. 

Leela has toured festivals and concert halls with her four-piece band through every province and territory in Canada. She has played in the United States, Greenland, Australia, New Zealand and several countries in Europe. Her live shows are where she connects with fans who have followed her on a 20-year career and where new fans are born. She reaches into their hearts and feels the energy of every person in front of her as she guides them on a journey through song and experience. She believes music has an inexplicable effect on people. It is a place where she can share light and dark and the most vulnerable moments, with a clarity and genuine purpose that reassures her listeners through every word. She is a storyteller, and through this, reflects the world onto itself. 

Five years after her last album was released—five years of growth, healing and head-down work—Leela’s fifth album “North Star Calling” was released in late 2019 and has since won a 2021 Juno for Indigenous Artist/Group of the Year, a Canadian Folk Music Award for Indigenous Songwriter of the Year, and Roots Album of the Year at the Summer Solstice Indigenous Music Awards. It is more raw, more intimate and more Leela than anything you’ve heard from her before. 


Reporter/Journalist for:

  • Globe and Mail
  • Aboriginal Peoples TV Network
  • Global BC


Guest host Willow Fiddler discussing Seven Fallen Feathers by Tanya Talaga.

Willow Fiddler is a national news reporter for The Globe and Mail, covering northern Ontario and Manitoba. Prior to joining The Globe, she was a video journalist for Aboriginal Peoples Television Network National News reporting in Thunder Bay.

She is a three-time finalist for the Canadian Association of Journalists awards and the recipient of the 2017 Emerging Indigenous Journalist award. Ms. Fiddler is passionate about stories and issues that impact Indigenous people and communities, particularly in the North.


Books by Rosanna Deerchild

  • Calling Down The Sky (2015)
  • This is a Small Northern Town (2008)


Guest host Rosanna Deerchild discussing Jonny Appleseed by Joshua Whitehead.

Rosanna Deerchild (She/Her) is Cree, from the community of O-Pipon-Na-Piwan Cree Nation. She has been a storyteller for more than 20 years; as a journalist, broadcaster and a poet. She is the host of CBC Radio One’s Unreserved. Her debut poetry collection ‘this is a small northern town’ shared her reflections of growing up in a racially divided place. It won the 2009 Aqua Books Lansdowne Prize for Poetry. Her second book, ‘calling down the sky,’ is a collaborative work with her mother who was forced to attend Indian Residential School. Her first play with the Royal MTC’s Pimootayowin Creators Circle is called ‘how to drink red rose tea.’


Books by Janet Rogers

  • Splitting the Heart (2007)
  • Red Erotic (2010)
  • Unearthed (2011)
  • “Peace in Duress” Talonbooks (2014) and Totem Poles and Railroads ARP Books (2016)
  • “As Long As the Sun Shines” (English edition 2018) (Mohawk-language edition 2019)
  • “Ego of a Nation” (2020)


Guest host Janet Rogers discussing Burning in This Midnight Dream by Louise Bernice Halfe.

Victoria British Columbia Poet Laureate 2012-2015
University of Northern British Columbia Writer in Residence 2015/2016
OCAD Indigenous Visual Culture NIGIG Visiting Artist 2016
Northern Comma Writer in Residence Sept.-Oct. 2017
University of Lethbridge Gushul Artists Residency November 2017
Joy Kogawa Writer in Residence April-June 2018
Institute of American Indian Art Artist in Residence July-August 2018
University of Alberta Writer in Residence September 2018-May 2019
McMaster University & Hamilton Public Library Writer in Residence 2020-2021

Janet Rogers is a Mohawk/Tuscarora writer from Six Nations of the Grand River. She was born in Vancouver British Columbia in 1963 and raised in southern Ontario. Janet traveled throughout 2017-2019 working within numerous residencies in Vancouver BC, Santa Fe NM and Edmonton AB. Janet is based on the Six Nations territory of the Grand River where she operates the Ojistoh Publishing label. Janet works in page poetry, spoken word performance poetry, video poetry and recorded poetry with music. She is a radio broadcaster, documentary producer and media
and sound artist.

Jackson Twobears and Janet collaborate as 2Ro Media. They combined their individual talents and skills along with National Screen Institute training to produce two short documentaries; NDNs on the Airwaves about Six Nations
radio (APTN 2016), Moving Voice, a Telus STORYHIVE sponsored digital broadcast 2019 featuring the travels of literary trailblazer and Mohawk poetess E. Pauline Johnson, and The Spirit of Rage a short experimental video poem about anti-racism. Janet won the 45th Annual American Indian Film Festival 2020, BEST MUSIC VIDEO award for her video Ego of a Nation produced with Wes Day of Fresh Shift Productions.


Books by Alethea Arnaquq-Baril

  • The Blind Boy and the Loon (2014)


Guest host Alethea Arnaquq-Baril discussing Split Tooth by Tanya Tagaq.

Alethea is an Inuit filmmaker from the Canadian arctic where she has been producing and directing a number of shorts and features (animation, documentary and drama) since 2005. Recently Alethea joined forces with fellow Inuk filmmaker Stacey Aglok to expand into scripted television with their new company, Red Marrow Media.

Alethea directed and produced award-winning APTN mid-length documentary TUNNIIT: Retracing the Lines of Inuit Tattoos (ImagineNATIVE 2011 premiere), about the history and importance of traditional Inuit facial tattoos. Alethea also previously directed and produced the critically acclaimed ANGRY INUK, a feature doc about Inuit coming up with new and provocative ways to deal with international seal hunting controversies. Angry Inuk premiered at Hot Docs 2016, taking home the Audience Choice Award at both Hot Docs and TIFF Canada’s Top Ten, and went on to win several other international awards. In 2016, Alethea was presented with the Meritorious Service Cross by the Governor General of Canada, having been nominated for contributions to the arts and the craft of documentary filmmaking. Also in 2016, Alethea was bestowed the “DOC Vanguard Award” by the DOC Institute, for “a keen artistic sensibility and forward-thinking approach to the craft, with the potential to lead the next generation of doc-makers.” Most recently, Alethea was a producer on the award winning feature film THE GRIZZLIES, which premiered at TIFF in 2018.


Books by Duncan McCue

  • The Shoeboy: A Trapline Memoir (2016)


Books by Cherie Dimaline

  • Seven Gifts for Cedar (2010)
  • Red Rooms (2011)
  • The Girl Who Grew a Galaxy (2013)
  • A Gentle Habit (2015)
  • The Marrow Thieves (2017)
  • Empire of Wild (2019)
  • Little Bird Stories, Volume 9 (2019)


Books by Gregory Scofield

  • The Gathering: Stones for the Medicine Wheel (1993)
  • Native Canadiana: Songs from the Urban Rez (1996)
  • Love Medicine and One Song (1997)
  • I Knew Two Métis Women (1999)
  • Thunder Through My Veins (1999) memoir
  • Singing Home the Bones (2005)
  • kipocihkân: Poems New & Selected (2009)
  • Louis: The Heretic Poems (2011)
  • Witness, I Am (2016)


Guest Host Duncan McCue discussing Medicine Walk by Richard Wagamese.

Award-winning journalist Duncan McCue is the host of CBC Radio One CROSS COUNTRY CHECKUP. McCue was a reporter for CBC News in Vancouver for over 15 years. Now based in Toronto, his news and current affairs pieces continue to be featured on CBC’s flagship news show, THE NATIONAL.

He is currently away from CROSS COUNTRY CHECKUP on a Massey College journalism fellowship

McCue’s work has garnered several RTNDA and Jack Webster Awards. He was part of a CBC Aboriginal investigation into missing and murdered Indigenous women that won numerous honours including the Hillman Award for Investigative Journalism. In 2017, he was presented with an Indspire Award for Public Service.

McCue teaches journalism at the UBC Graduate School of Journalism and Ryerson University, and was recognized by the Canadian Ethnic Media Association with an Innovation Award for developing curriculum on Indigenous issues. He’s also an author: his book The Shoe Boy: A Trapline Memoir recounts a season he spent in a hunting camp with a Cree family in northern Quebec as a teenager.

He was awarded a Knight Fellowship at Stanford University in 2011, where he created an online guide for journalists called Reporting in Indigenous Communities (riic.ca). Before becoming a journalist, McCue studied English at the University of King’s College, then Law at UBC. He was called to the bar in British Columbia in 1998. He has an honourary doctorate from the University of King’s College.

McCue is Anishinaabe, a member of the Chippewas of Georgina Island First Nation in southern Ontario, and proud father of two children.

Follow Duncan on Twitter: @duncanmccue.


Guest Host: Cherie Dimaline discussing Return of the Trickster by Eden Robinson.

Cherie Dimaline’s 2017 book, The Marrow Thieves, won the Governor General’s Award and the prestigious Kirkus Prize for Young Readers, was a finalist for the White Pine Award, and was the fan favourite for CBC’s 2018 Canada Reads. It was named a Book of the Year on numerous lists including the National Public Radio, the School Library Journal, the New York Public Library, the Globe and Mail, Quill & Quire and the CBC, has been translated into several languages, and continues to be a national bestseller over 3 years later. Her newest novel Empire of Wild  (Random House Canada, William Morrow US, Weiden and Nicolson UK) became an instant Canadian bestseller and was named Indigo’s #1 Best Book of 2019. It was featured in The New York Times, the New Yorker, GOOP, the Chicago Review of Books and others. Cherie spent many years working in and for Indigenous communities and now lives in her home territory where she is a registered and active member of the Georgian Bay Metis Community. She is currently writing for television, working on a new novel and the anticipated follow-up to The Marrow Thieves, as well as adapting Empire of Wild for the stage and screen.


Guest Host: Gregory Scofield discussing Halfbreed by Maria Campbell.

GREGORY SCOFIELD is Michif of Cree, Scottish and European-Immigrant descent who’s ancestry can be traced to  the Métis community of Kinosota, Manitoba. He has taught Creative Writing and First Nations and Métis Literature at Laurentian University, Brandon University, Emily Carr University of Art + Design, and the Alberta University of the Arts. He currently holds the position of Associate professor in the Department of Writing at the University of Victoria. Scofield won the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize in 1994 for his debut collection, The Gathering: Stones for the Medicine Wheel, and has since published seven further volumes of poetry including, Witness, I am. He has served as writer-in residence at the University of Manitoba, the University of Winnipeg and Memorial University of Newfoundland. He is the recipient of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal (2012), and most recently the Writers’ Trust of Canada Latner Poetry Prize (2016) that is awarded to a mid-career poet in recognition of a remarkable body of work. Further to writing and teaching, Scofield is also a skilled bead-worker, and he creates in the medium of traditional Métis arts. He continues to assemble a collection of mid to late 19th century Cree-Métis artifacts, which are used as learning and teaching pieces. Scofield’s first memoir Thunder Through My Veins (Doubleday Canada/Anchor Books)was re-published Fall 2019.