Who We Are

The Host: Rick Harp

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.’

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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.