Our Native Land
Item consists of an audio recording of a radio show hosted by Albert Angus and Bernelda Wheeler. It is called "Our Native Land" and the subtitle for this series is "Native Prisoners". The show begins with an introduction from the two hosts, then a fiddle song called "Snow deer" by Lee Cremo. Next is a segment called Getting to Know Joe [Bliant?], in which the subject speaks on leaving prison and becoming a Métis and Indigenous rights activist and leader. This is followed by several news stories on: the city council of Calgary refusing to rent office space to a Native Alcoholism Service organization, the Secretary of State refusing a grant to the Registered Nurses of Canadian-Indian Ancestry, the ongoing trial of Leonard Peltier in North Dakota, a fast by students in Ontario trying to get the MacKenzie pipeline stopped, and financial troubles faced by the Indian Brotherhood of the Northwest Territories in an ongoing legal battle over the MacKenzie pipeline and Native land rights. Next follows a segment broadcasting some of the more light-hearted moments in their ongoing coverage of the Berger Inquiry into the MacKenzie Valley Pipeline and its effects their people and environment. This is followed by an segment of an ongoing series on Mohawk (Iroquois) music by Mike Mitchell of the Akwasasne Reserve. In the segment he plays "The Handshake Song" and "The Rabbit Dance". Next is an interview with Vera Martin on her viewing of the 1975 Canadian film, "Eliza's Horoscope". The song "Dispersed" by Shannon Two Feathers is played, followed by a report on the difficulties faced by recently paroled Indigenous peoples. The recording cuts off shortly after this report begins.