June 29, 2010 ~ Off The Hour

On this edition of Off The Hour, we continue our coverage of the G8 and G20 meetings in Toronto, and the police violence encountered there by protestors:

-Groundwire presents headlines from Toronto’s Alternative Media Centre
-Sharmeen Khan, spokesperson for the Toronto Community Mobilization Network discusses the events with CKUT’s Gretchen King
-Journalist and author Naomi Klein speaks at a rally in Toronto
-Niko Block, of CKUT and the McGill Daily, reports back about police brutality in Toronto

Audio:

You can download the show here!

Off The Hour ~ June 25, 2010 ~ Radio Liberation

On this edition of Off The Hour: Radio Liberation, hosted by Kader Belaouni.

This broadcasts features updates on the G20 and G8 summits that are now unfolding in Toronto and Huntsville, Ontario.

Kader speaks to CKUT’s Aaron Lakoff and Cathy Inouye, who provide first-hand accounts of the protests against the G8, straight from the streets of Toronto.

This program also features an interview by CKUT’s Natalia Evdokimova with Dan Kellar, an activist who describes police harassment against those who have gathered in Toronto to oppose these summits of the international power elite.

Streaming audio:

Audio for download here!

Radio Liberation is a special monthly edition of Off The Hour, hosted by Abdelkader Belaouni (“Kader” to his friends).

Kader is a refugee from Algeria. Resisting deportation by Canadian authorities, he spent three years, nine months and twenty-two days in sanctuary at Montreal’s St. Gabriel Church. It was then that he began broadcasting on CKUT’s Off The Hour.

Today, having won his struggle for status in Canada, he continues to work with CKUT’s Community News Collective with Radio Liberation.

Audio hosted by www.archive.org.

Off The Hour, Thursday June 24, 2010 – Radio Resistance

Chris Scott and Steve Duvalsin continue to broadcast dissenting voices from Haiti and the diaspora with their monthly show, entitled Radio Resistance.

Streaming audio:

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On this edition: In the brutal aftermath of the earthquake that rocked Port-au-Prince in January, observers are saying that Haiti is in the midst of a summer of discontent, with demonstrators calling for the resignation of president René Préval. For more, we hear from independent journalist Ansel Herz, who is based in Haiti.

Then we hear from Daphney Laraque, from the Mouvement pour le repect des droits humain, on how mineral and agricultural corporations are profiting from catastrophe in Haiti.

This program is a part of Off The Hour, CKUT’s flagship community news program.

We Don’t Need No Don – Organized crime & politics in Jamaica


‘We Don’t Need No Don’ – Organized crime and politics in Jamaica

Audio MP3 (25:30, 128kpbs, stereo)

On Sunday, May 23rd, 2010, Jamaican Prime Minister Bruce Golding declared a state of emergency over the Jamaican capital Kingston. The following week, a four-day offensive by the Jamaican State’s armed forces left 73 dead, a number many fear could be significantly higher. The violence predominantly occured in the Kingston neigbourhoods of Denham Town and Tivoli Gardens.

What had caused this desperate situation? Som say, that the roots of the problem can be traced back to the United States’ extradition request for Christopher ‘Dudus’ Coke, made to Jamaica in September 2009.

But the extreme violence not only highlights the repercussion of this attempted implementation of international justice. It also sheds light on the roots of organized crime and politics in Jamaica, as well as how other nations, particularly the United States, are implicated in the situation through the international drugs trade.

This CKUT documentary explores the roots of organized crime in Jamaica, how the Jamaican diaspora accross Canada and the United States are affected by the recent violence, and investigates potential long- and short-term solutions to the problem.

CKUT Radio – Aftermath of the Attack

Free Gaza Prisoner Update with Palestinian Activist Lubna Masarw:

MP3 Audio (14:10, 128kpbs, stereo)

Based in East Jerusalem, Lubna Masarwa is a political and social activist. She works for Al Quds University as a community organizer for social and political rights. She focuses on education and the right to school for every child. Lubna has also worked against house demolitions and forced evacuations of Palestinians in East Jerusalem.

She joins us today as a member of Free Gaza to offer an update on the prisoners captured from the recent Free Gaza Flotilla. Lubna describes the aftermath of the May 31st Israeli attack for her and other Palestinian activists who were on the boats.

For further updates, visit www.freegaza.org.

Aboriginal Day Celebrations 8-hr broadcast (June 17th, 2010)

CKUT and Native Friendship Centre Montreal Present:

ABORIGINAL DAY CELEBRATIONS held on THURSDAY, JUNE 17, 2010 Includes VOICES OF OUR NATIONS 8-HOUR RADIO-A-THON :: STONE CARVING VERNISSAGE :: COMMUNITY FEAST

Produced by CKUT 90.3 in Montreal AND REBROADCAST ON:

CFIS 93.1 FM, Prince George Community Radio Society
CFRU 93.3fm, University of Guelph
CKDU 88.1 FM, Dalhousie University, Halifax
CHRY 105.5 FM York University, Toronto
CFRC 101.9fm, Queen’s Radio, Kingston
CHRW 94.9, University of Western Ontario, London
CJSF 90.1 FM, SFU, Burnaby
CJAM 99.1 FM in Windsor-Detroit

DETAILS: THURSDAY, JUNE 17, 2010

11-1pm Round Table: History of Indigenous People in Canada, Re-Visiting the “Oka Crisis” 20-years Later and Contemporary Issues.  Hosted by Irkar Beljaars, CKUTs Native Solidatirty News and Lisa Abel, host of The Circle, an Aboriginal-affairs program on CHUO 89.1FM in Ottawa, plus Gretchen King, CKUTs Community News Production Coordinator.

HOUR 1 – 11:00-Noon, Part 1 (MP3) & Part 2 (MP3)

HOUR 2 – Noon-1pm, Part 1 (MP3) & Part 2 (MP3)

Guests Include:

Long time activist, *Denise David* of the Mohawk Community of Kanesatake, was a defender 20 years ago when the police attacked her community, which was also later besieged by the Canadian Army for over a month.

*Dr. Roland Chrisjohn* is a member of the Oneida Nation of the Confederacy of the Haudenausaunee (Iroquois). He has been involved in indigenous affairs in Canada for 30 years, participating in a variety of ways in different aspects of the struggle. He has worked with Aboriginal young offenders, women’s organization, prisoner’s associations, family and children services, and suicide intervention programs. In Academia, he has taught such courses as personality, statistics, multivariate analysis, Native studies, world history, and education courses at six different universities in Canada, and is currently Director of the Native Studies program at St. Thomas University in Fredericton. He is author of The Circle Game: Shadows and Substance in the Indian Residential School Experience in Canada.

*Doreen Manuel* is a director and producer. She is the sixth child of Grand Chief George and Spiritual Leader Marceline Manuel, she is of Secwepemc and Ktunuxa ancestry. She joins to speak about George Manuel, her dad, and the history of sovereignty movements, land struggles, and campaigns for justice of indigenous peoples in Canada.

1-5pm Musical guests + Open Air Stone Carving + participation from MohawkRadio.com host Ross Montour & CKUTs Irkar Beljaars, Grant de Groot, Courtney Kirkby, and Gretchen King.

HOUR 3 – 1pm-2pm, Part 1 (MP3) & Part 2 (MP3 )

HOUR 4 – 2pm-3pm, Part 1 (MP3) & Part 2 (MP3)

HOUR 5 – 3pm-4pm, Part 1 (MP3) & Part 2 (MP3)

HOUR 6 – 4pm-5pm, Part 1 (MP3) & Part 2 (MP3)

Guests include:

*Cheslea Vowel* is a singer/songwriter that comes from Cree territory.

*Moe Clark* Métis sound artist, fuses her unique understanding of performance narrative with traditions of circle singing and spoken word. She creates a lyrical style, steeped in ritual and poetic exploration. Her poetic songs resonate with the power to heal, to celebrate spirit and to connect with authentic purpose. Her debut album is “Circle of She: Story & Song”. Moe works with youth and adults on storytelling and writing workshops, performing with Ian Ferrier and his experimental group Pharmakon, and continuing to develop visual design work for festivals and other artists. Moe believes in the power of transformation and the continuum of the oral tradition through active involvement in communities, both locally and internationally.

*Nick Sherman* is an indigenous folk/acoustic artist from Sioux Lookout, Ontario.

*Nogeeshik Isaac* From the age of 16, Nogeeshik has used writing as a means to reflect upon contemporary Native issues in an attempt to find personal solutions and inner peace. Having spent time in jail as a youth, he has been exposed a great deal to the judicial system, one of his main influences in his writing. He has also been greatly influenced by his family and their engagement in the American Indian Movement. He has spent the last twenty years of his life living on Mohawk territory, in both Kahnawake and Akwasasne. He has also participated in the International Fighting Championship in the 1990’s.

*Odaya* was formed from a gathering and organization of Indigenous Women of Quebec in 2006. Socially and culturally active with the different communities, Odaya has participated in many festivals and events with the goal of promoting the rights of women and indigenous peoples.  They participated during the course of last summer in several Pow-Wows throughout the Quebec.  Odaya unites Anik Sioui from Anishinabeg (Algonquin) and Wendat (Huron) Nations, Émilie Monnet from Anishinabeg Nations, Kary Ann Deer from Kanienkehaka (Mohawk) Nations, Kim Picard from the Innu Nations, and Lisa Gagné from Ojibway (Saulteaux) Nations. Proud of their cultural identity and driven by their sense of the sacred towards their respective communities, the members of Odaya are drawn in uniting their voices to share their heritage. Reviving traditional songs in their unique mother tongue, they pay homage to their ancestors, celebrate the union of the past, present and future and nourish hope for the generations to come.

*Rising Sun Child Care Centre* is one of two Aboriginal Child Care Centres in Quebec. After years of advocacy and lobbying, the centre opened last May, 2009. Members of CKUT and the Inter-Tribal Youth Centre visited Rising Sun and recorded the voices of children from the Inuit room and interviewed Alana Phillips, the center’s director.

*Ross Kakwirakeron Montour* is joining us from Kahnawake. Ross is a visual artist, radio host and journalist.

*Sophia Rashid Khan* is the Executive Vice-President of KANATA McGill’s Indigenous Studies Community.

*Tania Dopler* is the Regional Outreach/Support Services worker at the Ontario Aboriginal HIV/AIDS Strategy Ottawa Site. She is a Two-Spirited woman of Sauk-Fox, Cherokee and Irish descent. Lisa Abel, host of The Circle, an Aboriginal-affairs program on CHUO 89.1FM in Ottawa, spoke with Tania about Two-Spirit teachings, what’s being done about the rates of HIV/AIDS in Aboriginal communities, and the realities of homophobia.

*Vincent Isaac* is a Mi’gmaq Native from the Listuguj reservation in the Gaspé region of Quebec, who uses his voice and traditional songs to heal. Vincent is from the wolf clan, and is also known by his indian name Grey Wolf.He shares songs, stories, and words from the elders and people he has met.

5-7pm  Inter-Tribal Youth Stone Carving Vernissage,  Musical guests, and Community Feast

HOUR 7 – 5pm-6pm, Part 1 (MP3) & Part 2 (MP3)

HOUR 8 – 6pm-7pm, Part 1 (MP3) & Part 2 (MP3)

Guests Include:

*DJ madeskimo* hails from the great north and the land of maple syrup with a creative family background. His ancestry crossed over land and water by foot, dogsled, boat, automobile, bus, train, and airplane to get him here today. A continual presence and interest in cultural presentation, with an interest for floaty textures, abstract rhythmic patterns and syncopation allows an original interplay between smooth synthesizer tones, vocal samples, found sound, ethereal sound effects, and clashing rhythms.

*Jen Allan* is originally from the Yukon. Having spent some time on the streets of Vancouver herself, Jen has a desire to bless those she comes into contact with the same way she has been blessed. Jen was instrumental in having lights installed at the Raymur Underpass at East Hastings to improve the safety of those frequenting that area. She has been an active proponent of women’s and sex trade worker’s safety issues and well-being, working in conjunction with many Vancouver based sex trade worker advocacy organizations as well as her own project “Rekindling Your Spirit”, an empowerment and self-discovery course for incarcerated youth. Jen also works with incarcerated adult women and runs Jen’s Kitchen, offering advocacy, outreach and food relief services for Women.

*Tiotiake Intertribal pow-wow drum group*
Spelled out with the orthography more formally is “Tiohtià:ke”; we generally use the less formal and less “correct” “Tiotiake” or “Tiohtiake”. That big drum, that Grandfather, is for the Community, it isn’t ours; this is why we are a teaching drum. We are there to not just teach the songs, but everything that goes with it: traditions, protocols, customs. This is why anyone who is sober, clean of drug/alcohol, for 48 hours, and wants to sit with us, can do so freely. It is customary to also bring a little tobacco for Grandfather before you sit, but it isn’t required with us. We are a mixed traditional drum, not strictly so like some drums we know, but we do observe the protocols as closely as possible, according to what we were taught.