Deep Roots – March Update

Deep Roots – March Update

Deep Roots stories are coming to air! The shows will start being aired at 9:00am on Thursdays, with the first one on March 16th. They will be repeated on Saturdays at 2:00pm. Each week a new program will be featured. In addition to the Deep Roots staff introduced in these pages, Cortes Radio would like to thank the volunteers and story producers who made this initiative happen: Deep Roots Steering Committee Odette Auger, fundraising advisor Shannon Jonasson, education and youth advisor Kate Maddigan, Friends of Cortes Island board liaison Jacqueline Mathieu, Klahoose First Nation liaison David Rousseau, project lead and Cortes Community Radio Society board liaison Max Thaysen, Friends of Cortes Island president Sheryl Thompson, Cortes Community Radio Society president Deep Roots Story Producers Odette Auger Brittany Baxter Rick Bockner Mercedes Grant Roy Hales Sobhana Dilani Hippola Natalia Nybida Annie Rosenberg Morgan Tams Tara Warkentin Deep Roots Schedule and Story Synopses Thursday, March 16th Who Speaks For Brother Wolf? Writer/Producer: Natalia Auger Nybida Western culture paints wolves with a dark brush as evil characters in myths and fairytales, but perhaps that’s because they’re more like us than we care to admit. Natalia Auger Nybida takes a deep look at the essential role wolves play in our ecosystem.   Thursday, March 23rd  Finding Gilean Douglas & The Protected PlaceWriter/Producer: Sobhana Dilani Hippola A powerful examination of the life and legacy of pioneering ecologist Gilean Douglas and the impact her vision has had on present day conservation efforts and attitudes.     Thursday, March 30th  Secrets Of The Cedar Weavers Writer/Producer: Tara Warkentin By tracing the history and stories behind two hats,...

Deep Roots Initiative – News

Introducing the Deep Roots Initiative Logo! This rectangular Coast Salish design depicts two Coast Salish guardian spirit dancers singing the song of their power. The subtle circle between them is a drum with Salish sound waves emanating from it. In contemporary Canadian visual culture, crescents are utilized to symbolize sound waves. This is a cultural commonality that Coast Salish and Canadian cultures have in common. In Coast Salish art, crescents are used to create a real rhythmic rippling, a real fluid flowing feeling. SOUNDWAVES Artist: LessLIE Sam, Coast Salish Visit the Alcheringa Gallery website for more information on the artist. THE STORIES:  Greg and Rob continue to mentor and support story producers’ progress – with draft scripts all submitted, and with insightful reviews thereof. Our story writers have been given training in interviewing techniques, recording equipment and guidance in First Nations protocol. Some of the most interesting moments so far were the training sessions on critical listening skills offered by CBC veteran Rob Selmanovic. THE WRITERS: Initially conceived as a youth [ages 16-30] project; we found ourselves with high calibre skill sets; and years of experience with writers ranging in age from 15 to 70. We have a well rounded set of writers representing Aboriginal youth, local elders, radio writers, aspiring journalists and environmentalists including: TARA WARKENTIN NATALIA NYBIDA BRITTANY BAXTER DILANI (Sobhanā) HIPPOLA MERCEDES GRANT ANNIE ROSENBERG ROY HALES RICK BOCKNER ODETTE AUGER THE STEERING COMMITTEE: Our volunteer board includes representatives from each partner in this project: Kate Maddigan and Max Thaysen [Friends of Cortes Island -FOCI], David Rousseau and Sheryl Thompson,President [Cortes Community Radio Society], Jacqueline Mathieu [Klahoose First Nation]...

The Deep Roots Initiative – Update

Cortes Radio, in collaboration with Klahoose First Nation and Friends of Cortes Island, is proud to announce progress on our 2016-17 Deep Roots spoken word initiative. Deep Roots seeks solutions to current environmental issues, and preserves traditional First Nations life skills and knowledge of our ecosystems.  http://cortesradio.ca/deep-roots-initiative/.  The locally written and produced programs are chosen with the goal of informing, questioning, and challenging our preconceived ideas. As well as building local broadcasting capacities. Deep Roots has several elements: Storytelling for radio Offering challenging views on contemporary issues Training new story writers/producers Building creative liaisons between partners and other organizations Linking current stories with traditional knowledge and legend. Our training program!  We opened the doors to new talent and have been nearly overwhelmed with the response. Our 16 trainees are aged 15 to 73 years. We have held 4 training workshops this year introducing new writers/producers to: What makes great radio Research and scriptwriting for radio Interviewing skills First Nations Protocol Field recording and production basics. Our trainer has 20 years experience at CBC Radio 1 as a producer, audio engineer and trainer! Some of the stories that are underway: Love on the Front Lines- deep relationships that have formed between a First Nation person and a non-native around a very public collaboration: the Cortes Ecoforestry General Partnership. How We Learn- a look at how young people get an education in a remote community. Finding Gilean- A quest for the spirit of Gilean Douglas. Brother Wolf-  The many faces of wolf, from European fairytale through First Nation dance and legends. Ethnobotany-  The role of native plants in traditional food and...

Welcome to the Deep Roots Staff!

Welcome to the Deep Roots Staff! As of mid May, the Deep Roots Initiative is under way! We have hired a great team and look forward to working with them all in making this project a success. The new project staff : Senior Producer - Greg Osoba Communications & Marketing Manager - Carla Voyageur-Dawson Fundraising and Volunteer Coordinator - Kathryn Juricic Trainer - Rob Selmanovic In addition, a few of our regulars have taken on some extra duties to make this project run smoothly, including: Coordinator - Howie Roman Technical Manager - Sean Cowell Soon there will also be several story producers trained and assigned to shows. They will be working with staff on a per-story basis. The Steering Committee, involving a number of representatives of island organizations have been a great driving force for this project. The wonderful people involved thus far: Kate Maddigan David Rousseau Max Thaysen Sheryl Thompson Odette Auger Jacqueline Mathieu Shannon Jonassen You can read more about the Deep Roots project and the team, on the project’s...