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CKUA’s Indigenous Peoples Week


To kick off our summer Festival Radio on-air programming, CKUA has crafted a week of stories celebrating Indigenous musicians and artists from Alberta and beyond.

National Indigenous Peoples Week concludes with a special episode of Lark Clark’s World Spinning on Sunday, June 21 at 4pm, with special guests Jay Gilday and Leela Gilday. Before we get there, here’s what will go down, if it hasn’t already!

Monday June 15th, 8:45AM

Of Métis heritage, Jimmy Guiboche was announced as 2020’s Edmonton Blues Hall of Fame Performer of the Year. Fellow 2020 inductees include Donald Ray Johnson and Terry Wickham.

Tuesday June 16th, 8:45AM

Sophia Lebessis runs Canada’s first Inuk-owned art gallery specializing in master works of Inuit and First Nations Art. She’s one of four vendors participating in ATB’s Alberta Indigenous Artist Market. Tuesday she shared more about her life-long connection to the Inuit arts scene.

Wednesday June 17th, 8:45AM

This month, the Writers’ Guild of Alberta announced the winners of the 2020 Alberta Literary Awards. Celebrated author Richard Van Camp has taken home the Award for Fiction for his short story collection, Moccasin Square Gardens. Wednesday morning we heard about the characters that inhabit Richard’s award-winning book.

Bonus Story – Monday June 15th, 3:45AM

Adam Sturgeon, co-founder of Anishinaabe post-rock band WHOOP-Szo, talks with Tony King about being included on the Polaris Music Prize long list this year – plus he reveals the intimate story behind how the band formed and why they almost inadvertently became messengers and healers in Indigenous communities.

Bonus Story – Friday June 12th, 8:45AM

Creeasian is a brilliant young Edmonton-based dancer/beatmaker/producer/A Tribe Called Red collaborator. He recently joined Grant Stovel to discuss his Garden Party dance piece; one that combines a traditional grass dance with B-boy stylings:

Thursday June at 4:45PM

Calgary’s Moonstone Creations recently re-opened their Inglewood store after being closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This month, they sent out 50 masks to the Yakama Nation Indian Reservation in Washington State, who put out a call for masks. Moonstone also sells cloth masks with beautiful Indigenous designs. Thursday at 5:45 PM on Traffic Jams, Lisa Wilton will chat with Moonstone Creations’ Yvonne Jobin about the store’s recent donation – and the process of re-opening.

Friday June 19th at 8:45AM

The National Music Centre celebrates Indigenous Peoples Day with Speak Up!, kicking off this Sunday.
The online exhibition will highlight 13 Indigenous artists making social and political impacts in Canada, featuring music, photos, storytelling focusing on the work of artists like Jeremy Dutcher, iskwe, Willie Dunn, Tanya Tagaq and Kinnie Starr.  Friday at 8:45am, CKUA’s own Terry David Mulligan talks to Kinnie about the current state of the music industry, and her hopes for what the exhibition will mean for the next generation of Canadian talent.  

Friday June 19th at 8:00PM

Presented by ATB Financial, this Friday June 19 at 8:00 PM on Full Circle, Celeigh Cardinal will feature the best in Alberta-made Indigenous music. Celeigh will also share more about National Indigenous Peoples Day events that you can attend, both in real life and virtually, including more about ATB’s Indigenous Artist Market.

Sunday, June 21st at 4:00PM

This Sunday marks National Indigenous Peoples Day, and World Spinning host Lark Clark celebrates with special guests Leela Gilday and Jay Gilday. The musical siblings share an all-Indigenous playlist featuring Willie Thrasher, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Burnstick, and more. Plus, we’ll hear tunes from Jay’s The Choice and the Chase, and Leela’s latest North Star Calling.

That’s this Sunday, June 21 at 4pm MT on World Spinning with Lark Clark.

For more information on what to expect this weekend on the CKUA airwaves, visit our new Festival Radio page.