Stand Your Ground

Stand Your Ground is a story about Jessie Louie, first woman chief of Klahoose who found herself elected Chief in 1970; a time when women in leadership roles were few. The electoral system was brought by the Canadian government, upon nations who with hereditary chiefs. The electoral system was meant to bring equality and prevent oppression. If this has happened, it is only through the strength, determination and honour of leaders like Jessie Louie. Stand Your Ground by Odette Auger | Deep Roots Island Waves http://rest.s3for.me/specialproduction/10+Stand+Your+Ground+mp3+Master.mp3 Jessie was the chief who brought water to Klahoose… a perfect metaphor for a woman who is a source of strength and support for her loved ones. That water still flows, and like all Jessie’s work, ripples outward with lasting effects. “When elections came, back in the 70s, the community was only two rows of houses. My cousin Elinor Pielle had suggested I run for chief and low and behold I won by one vote. I was just speechless. I’m twenty-three years old and I’m a chief! I said, ‘Oh my God, where do I go from here? - because I had no idea how, or where, or anything of the affairs - because there is no band office; no nothing. I don’t think I even had a phone.” - Jessie Louie. “Be humble and respect your people” is Jessie’s advice to leaders, and she quietly leads the way in all her work. Jessie’s life is a legacy of promoting Indigenous women’s rights in communities, inspiring healthy paths as drug and alcohol counsellor, and preserving culture for the future as language coordinator. E’mote Jessie Louie,...
The Klahoose Arborglyph

The Klahoose Arborglyph

British Columbia is known for its totem poles. Examples of a less known artwork have surfaced in more recent years. Aborglyphs are carved into living trees. One was discovered a few years ago, two hundred kilometres north of Vancouver in the midst of a clearcut in Toba Inlet. The Klahoose Arborglyh has been moved to the band’s multipurpose building in Squirrel Cove, Cortes Island. Deep Roots story producer Roy L Hales interviewed Michelle Robinson and Ken Hanuse, from the Klahoose First Nation, and local historian Judith Williams about the arborglyph that survived into modern times. The Klahoose Arborglyph by Roy L Hales | Deep Roots Island Waves http://rest.s3for.me/specialproduction/11+The+Klahoose+Arbourglyph+mp3+Master.mp3 The Klahoose arborglyph is believed to have been a marker on the pre-contact trail between Toba Inlet and the Upper Squamish Valley. Why Is The Arborglyph Important? “Its a reminder of who we are and our connection to the land. So there are many many markers that would have been out there, but … [the land] has been logged. So this is one that survived and it is here now. “For Klahoose people it is really important. There is pieces … [of our past] that our kids need to know about because there has been so much lost already. So if it wasn’t there and it wasn’t brought here, it could have been taken down by another logging company. There are still cruel people out there that would just go up there and take it down because they don’t want us to be connected to the land.” - Michelle Robinson, Social Development Officer and Band Councillor, Klahoose First Nation Roy L...

Vinho do Porto

Susana was born in Porto, Portugal. After a strong career in sales as a commercial director, she founded and ran a flourishing vegetarian and macrobiotic restaurant that evolved to feed the body, mind and soul as a spiritual center for holistic healing. Susana has a passion for music since she can remember. Her grandmother was always listening to Fado and she was always surrounded by musicians and Djs that opened her taste to a lot of different genres. Coming to Cortes island, she started to perform at the CKTZ LipSyncs and realized how much she loves to share her culture and how much Cortesians love to receive it. Vinho do Porto Show So she decided to have her own radio show, where she can share all her Portuguese music background, being that from Portugal, from the ex Portuguese colonies or Brazil. Vinho do Porto show has as a common thread all songs in Portuguese language, and the genres varies between Fado, Rock, Pop, Blues, Dance, Samba, Jazz, Reggae, Hip-Hop, Folk, Bossa Nova, MPB, Forro, Choro, Frevo, Batucada, Maracatu, Morna, Semba, Marrabenta, etc. Recent Podcasts Episode 64 by Susana Vijaya | Vinho Do Porto http://rest.s3for.me/vinhodo-porto/Episode+64.mp3 Episode 63 by Susana Vijaya | Vinho do Porto http://rest.s3for.me/vinhodo-porto/VinhodoPorto63.mp3 Episode 62 by Susana Vijaya | Vinho do Porto http://rest.s3for.me/vinhodo-porto/VinhodoPorto62.mp3 Episode 61 by Susana Vijaya | Vinho do Porto http://rest.s3for.me/vinhodo-porto/Episode+61.mp3 Episode 60 by SusanaVijaya | Vinho do Porto http://rest.s3for.me/vinhodo-porto/VinhodoPorto59.mp3 Episode 58 by Susana Vijaya | Vinho do Porto http://rest.s3for.me/vinhodo-porto/VinhodoPorto58.mp3 Susana Vijaya In 2008 she decided it was time for a change. She sold her business and began the trip of a lifetime. With a nearly empty...
From The Muse’s Garden

From The Muse’s Garden

Long have I had a Dream of combining Poetry and Music into a radio show and now sure seems like the time. Please tune in early Monday evenings on Cortes Community Radio CKTZ 89.5 FM from 5:00 - 7:00 for From The Muse’s Garden. 2 hours of local and international readings dovetailing with reflective music to perhaps enjoy your supper to. Recent Podcasts July 16 Program by Victor Van Buskirk | From the Muses' Garden http://rest.s3for.me/muses-garden/FMTG27.mp3 July 9 Program by Victor Van Buskirk | From the Muse's Garden http://rest.s3for.me/muses-garden/FMTG+26.mp3 July 2 Program by Victor Van Buskirk | From the Muses Garden http://rest.s3for.me/muses-garden/FROM+THE+MUSE%27S+GARDEN+25.mp3 March 26 Program by Victor Van Buskirk | From The Muse's Garden http://rest.s3for.me/muses-garden/FTMG+March+26+2018.mp3   Sound Meditation In The Great Pyramid On Norm Smookler’s 3rd recording in the Great Pyramid he received permission from Antiquities Minister Hawass to stay overnight in the building and this gave more time to explore the exceptional acoustics using flute, flute percussion, chant and mallet. Victor Van Buskirk made the video, mixed the sound on it and used photos from the Creative Commons. Natural Majesty A tribute to a massive fir, 160 feet tall and hundreds of years old that fell naturally during a winter storm. She did not break anywhere but at her base but she cracked open 60 feet up her trunk. Also a shout out to all that take living things for their food, shelter, profit etc. Be thoughtful and be grateful. Music is Yves Song - from Shine Edgar’s wonderful CD Great Central Sun Photos, Art and Video - By Victor Van Buskirk One-Minute Mindful Music Meditation Music Meditation by Norm Smookler Photography, Video...
The Homegrown Show

The Homegrown Show

The Homegrown show has been playing on Cortes Radio since 2012. It features local and Canadian music, especially artists from the west coast. The genres are open, but it tends to feature folk music, country, rock and blues, particularly with a west coast theme, or subjects that celebrate our lives on the BC coast. However, I like to play a few songs from Atlantic Canada as well in each show. I try to include a humorous or novelty song each show as well. These can be from anywhere. Spoken word also gets played on the show, and I would welcome more recorded poetry to include, as well as short stories, taking a bit of a literary direction as well as the music. The well respected works of Stewart MacLean and Wade Davis are two examples of Canadian literary work that I would like to include more of, as well as local radio plays. It would be awesome to revive the lost art of the radio play on the Homegrown show and showcase local creativity. The Homegrown Show Some of the music played on the Homegrown show is available online through CD baby, a platform for independent artists to distribute their works. A lot of the music is aquired at live shows hosted by our sponsoring establishment, Kameleon Food and drink. A lot of it is not available online, and is the one time only collected works of local artists who may have published one album and not found their way into distribution. Hurricane Rena here on the Homegrown Show makes sure their music will be part of our local...
Reclaiming Culture, Culture Nights

Reclaiming Culture, Culture Nights

Reclaiming Culture is a look into Culture nights with Michelle Robinson. What is shared over a meal? More than food, teachings are passed along through generations. Gathering to celebrate identity inspires drum making, and new songs are sung. Songs were lost as a direct result of intentional oppression [eg. residential school]. When Klahoose writes new songs to Welcome people to their lands, we are witnessing a profound moment of living culture, of cutting edge language work and a powerful pivot point in history. We also hear the voice of Jessie Louie, Drew Blaney drumming and song workshop, Cortes Museum and Archives work recording school children learning a new public song. Hands up to Jessie Louie, Michelle Robinson, CIMAS’s Brittany Baxter and Drew Blaney. Reclaiming Culture, Culture Nights by Odette Auger | Deep Roots Island Waves http://rest.s3for.me/deep-roots/09+Reclaiming+Culture%2C+Culture+Nights+final+mp3+master.mp3 “We want it back. We know what’s been taken away from us by the government, the church, through residential schools and all those things. You know, you keep hearing that we want that, we want our culture, Lets do it. Everybody was on board and we’ve had a great turn-out, knowing that people wanted it. … AT the beginning everyone was unsure, how are we going to do this song? It was kind of neat just to walk through the fears of everybody and they just sat there and all of a sudden they were part of it. You see it growing and waken it up in them, as I like to say.” - Michelle Robinson,  Social Development Manager and councillor, Klahoose Nation. Note on the songs used in this story: Drew Blaney shares...