Who We Are

Meet the MEDIA INDIGENA Roundtable

Roundtabler: Candis Callison

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Candis Callison is an Associate Professor at the Graduate School of Journalism at UBC. She is the author of How Climate Change Comes to Matter: The Communal Life of Facts (Duke University Press, 2014). Her current research explores journalism practices in the Canadian Arctic, and she is in the midst of finishing a co-authored book on gender, colonialism, technology, and journalism. Candis has a PhD from the Program in Science, Technology, and Society at MIT, and Master of Science from MIT’s Comparative Media Studies Program. She is Tahltan, an Indigenous people located in northwestern British Columbia.

Host & Producer: Rick Harp

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Born and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba, a city located both at the heart of the continent and smack dab in the middle of nowhere, Rick Harp is a citizen of the Peter Ballantyne Cree Nation in what’s now known as northern Saskatchewan. While pursuing his BA as a student of political science at Carleton University in Ottawa, Rick got bit hard by the radio bug at the campus and community station, CKCU-FM. Thus begat a twenty-plus-year career in broadcast media, including national and regional stints at CBC Radio, the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN), and NCI-FM. A former Artistic/Managing Director of the Winnipeg Aboriginal Film Festival, he is a co-founder and president of the INDIGENA Creative Group (MI’s parent company).

In 2010, Rick was eager to chart his own course, launching the online magazine MEDIA INDIGENA, whose roster of original Indigenous voices offered an intelligent alternative to mainstream perspectives. Although the site’s output has ebbed and flowed over the years, its recent re-invigoration as a weekly podcast heralds a return to form as a lively, active source of ‘Interactive Indigenous Insight.’

Roundtabler: Brock Pitawanakwat

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Prior to joining the University of Sudbury as an Assistant Professor of Indigenous Studies in 2013, Brock Pitawanakwat (Anishinaabe: Whitefish River First Nation) was seconded as a researcher with the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and held two academic appointments as Assistant Professor, Graduate Chair, and Acting Director of the Aboriginal Governance Program at the University of Winnipeg and as Assistant Professor of Indigenous Studies at the First Nations University of Canada. He is interested in Anishinaabe resurgence, especially in governance, health, land and language.

Roundtabler: Trina Roache

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Trina Roache is a proud member of the Glooscap First Nation whose work at CBC and APTN included both daily news reportage and investigative journalism. She’s won regional and national awards, with recognition from Amnesty International Canada, the Canadian Association of Journalists, and the Native American Journalists Association. Today, Trina brings a Mi’kmaw perspective and two decades of experience in visual storytelling to her position on faculty as the Rogers Chair in Journalism at the University of King’s College.

Roundtabler: Kim TallBear


Kim TallBear is Associate Professor, Faculty of Native Studies, University of Alberta, and Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Peoples, Technoscience & Environment. She is a regular media commentator in US, Canadian, and UK outlets on issues related to Indigenous peoples, science, technology, and sexualities. She is a citizen of the Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate in South Dakota, USA.

Roundtabler: Kenneth T. Williams

Kenneth T. Williams is a Cree playwright from the George Gordon First Nation in Saskatchewan’s Treaty 4 territory, and the first Indigenous person to earn an M.F.A. in playwriting from the University of Alberta. His plays have been produced across Canada and include Care, Café Daughter, Gordon Winter, Thunderstick, Bannock Republic, Suicide Notes and Three Little Birds. An Assistant Professor with the U of A’s Department of Drama, Ken puts his personal and professional experience to good use as an active member of Edmonton’s theatre community.


Prior to our entry into the field of podcasting, MEDIA INDIGENA’s output mainly took the form of writing about Indigenous news, views and creative expression. It wasn’t long after our launch back in February 2010 that we quickly earned a reputation as a trusted source of thought-provoking commentary and wide-ranging, original content. Our original group of 10 Indigenous contributors collectively embody a wide array of experiences and professions, ranging from journalism to policy to academia:

Over the years, their contributions have produced an archive totalling over 300 posts.