Open Sources (Ep. #333) Show Notes for July 1, 2021

This week on Open Sources Guelph, the holiday is a work day. By a matter of cosmic coincidence, and some slight mathematical adjustments authorized by Pope Gregory XIII in the 16th century, this week’s show is on Canada Day, and our focus is on the original Canadians. We’re discussing residential schools, Canada Day, and we’ll have an interview with three local Indigenous people about challenging all that.

This Thursday, July 1, at 5 pm, Scotty Hertz and Adam A. Donaldson will discuss:

Marieval Times. It happened again. Over 700 unmarked graves were found on the property of the former Marieval Indian Residential School as we literally uncover the lost history of Canada’s anti-Indigenous past. This will not be the last discovery, and the nearby Six Nations reserve is preparing their own search of the Mohawk School grounds, but how do we keep attention on this issue without reducing it to a statistic?

Blame Canada Day. Since we’re airing on Canada Day, it seems appropriate to talk about what Canada Day means this year after having our country’s genocide being rubbed in our collective faces for the last month. Some politicians see the calls to put on pause all patriotic pride as a new front in the Cancel Culture wars, but is there a way we can give both Canada’s good parts and its wicked history equal weight on July 1?

Raising Local Indigenous Voices. Speaking of Cancelling Canada Day, there’s an event in Guelph that’s literally called “Cancel Canada Day.” For the interview this week, we’re joined by Hannah Geauvreau-Turner, Desi Fekete, and Maura Winkup who will talk about organizing their counter-Canada Day protest, the issues that local Indigenous people care about, and their own personal family histories with the residential school system.

Open Sources is live on CFRU 93.3 fm and at 5 pm on Thursday.

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