Magic Windy Wolves

Magic Windy Wolves

Episode 5 brings us the songs “Best of Friends” and “Bee Bop a Doo!” from the Magic Windy Wolves.  “Best of Friends” is an exciting tale about a band of animal friends that encounter a poacher.  Will they escape…?!  “Bee Bop a Doo!” is a funky freestyle recording that also tells an engaging story.  See if you can decipher the hidden messages as you listen! Episode 5 - Magic Windy Wolves Coming to you from the unceded, ancestral territories of the Klahoose, Homalco, and Tla’amin peoples, this is Spark Point Music Radio!  We are working in partnership with CKTZ Cortes radio, Youth Voices!, and The Community Radio Fund of Canada - Radiometres program to bring you original music created by youth from Cortes Island. At Spark Point Music we believe that when we create, we explore what it is to be whole and discover more of who we truly are. In our programs we seek to spark the imagination, and a sense of what is possible, for youth on the remote island of Cortes when their voices are heard and valued. We give youth ages 8 to 18 an opportunity to create art and music in an encouraging environment, seeking to minimize judgment and increase acceptance of themselves and others. Our studio is graciously hosted at Linnaea Farm, where we provide inclusive space, instruments, recording  gear, and guidance for youth to compose, record, and perform original music.    Any music you hear during these broadcasts was either composed and performed entirely by youth, or with the guidance and support of musical mentors.  We will be airing 1 episode per...
The Three Musketeers

The Three Musketeers

Episode 4 brings us the songs “Going to a Party” and “Seasons Change” from the Three Musketeers. “Going to a Party” channels the excitement of going to a party and having a great time! A track that invites you seek out the ones you enjoy spending time with, cut loose and crank some loud tunes. “Seasons Change” is a reflective piece that explores the beauty and intrigue of the changing seasons, while employing engaging melody pairings and pacing. Episode Four - The Three Musketeers Coming to you from the unceded, ancestral territories of the Klahoose, Homalco, and Tla’amin peoples, this is Spark Point Music Radio! We are working in partnership with CKTZ Cortes radio, Youth Voices!, and The Community Radio Fund of Canada - Radiometres program to bring you original music created by youth from Cortes Island. At Spark Point Music we believe that when we create, we explore what it is to be whole and discover more of who we truly are. In our programs we seek to spark the imagination, and a sense of what is possible, for youth on the remote island of Cortes when their voices are heard and valued. We give youth ages 8 to 18 an opportunity to create art and music in an encouraging environment, seeking to minimize judgment and increase acceptance of themselves and others. Our studio is graciously hosted at Linnaea Farm, where we provide inclusive space, instruments, recording gear, and guidance for youth to compose, record, and perform original music. Any music you hear during these broadcasts was either composed and performed entirely by youth, or with the guidance...
Qʷaqʷθamčxʷ “You tell a story!”

Qʷaqʷθamčxʷ “You tell a story!”

The Klahoose Nation invited youth from Tla’Amin, Komoks, and Homalco to spend a weekend learning to create podcasts.  The Sister Nations to Klahoose share the same language: ʔayʔaǰuθəm (Ayajuthem.) These youth were encouraged to use the language throughout the camp and as a part of the stories they chose to share.  While learning how to use sound recording and editing equipment, the youth enjoyed experiential games that focused on the Sounds of the Land. Audio Ethnographer Jenni Shine led youth on a Sound Walk to introduce the idea of deep listening, which was many participants favourite part.  Learning storytelling techniques was a significant part of the camp, however, the most important part was connecting these youth to each other at an early age. This opportunity for them to explore their beautiful land and spend time together sharing their songs and skills provided an opportunity for an earlier connection between youth in the Sister Nations.     We recognize and appreciate all the support and funding provided by CKTZ, CRFC,  CCHA, Tides Canada, and the Klahoose Nation. Also to Rosemary, Jacqueline, Dan, Odette, Koosen, Gary, Mariko and Zoe.  ʔi:mot (Thank you.) Qʷaqʷθamčxʷ “You tell a story!” Podcasts Episode 6 - You tell a story! - Documentary This episode is a documentary featuring recordings taken during the Ayajuthem weekend camp.  It gives a behind the scenes look at the weekend with insightful interviews, traditional songs, recordings from workshops and teaching sessions, and more! You Tell A Story: Episode 6 - Documentary Episode 5 - You tell a story! - Evelyn / Dion, Matthew, and Stanley This episode features Evelyn, from the Keeseekoose First...
Jewaka & Heakami Rivers Threatened

Jewaka & Heakami Rivers Threatened

Originally Published on Cortes Currents More than a quarter of the planet’s population do not have access to sufficient clean water. While this problem is usually associated with developing nations, England and the United States are expected to face serious shortages in the decades to come. Meanwhile, British Columbia continues to give our water away for next to nothing. In this morning’s program, Judith Williams raises concerns about a private company coveting a large drainage area just north of Bute Inlet, British Columbia. The public may lose access to the Jewaka & Heakami Rivers. The Jewaka & Heakami rivers drain off the Homathko icefield, a thirty-mile-in diameter ice plateau, just north of Bute Inlet.  What Are We Willing To Give Away? Proposed Run of River sites (in yellow) draining into Bute Inlet, and power lines in red – adapted from map by Roy L Hales “These applications for water rights have long tenure. They would involve enormous earth moving, tunnelling, road building and a general disruption of this area. We would not have access to the area during that tenure. It would be private and also they would have access to the water off the ice field…” “I think we allow applications like this, and sometimes they are approved, without anyone really noticing. Then the commons – our common ground – is privatized for long, long periods of time. I think we should think, long and hard, about what we are willing to give away for, often, not a great deal of money.” – Judith Williams    Heakami River – Courtesy Judith Williams In The Podcast The Jewaka & Heakami rivers are a major fish spawning...
Deep Roots Won Honourable Mention: NCRA Community Radio Award

Deep Roots Won Honourable Mention: NCRA Community Radio Award

A big big thank you to our listeners, sponsors, donors and funders! THE NCRA Community Radio Awards : bringing together over a hundred campus and community radio stations from across the country! Submissions took place in early 2019, with the works being drawn from programming in January 1, 2018, to December 31st 2018. We submitted Deep Roots stories singularly and as the series. The series won honourable mention! Since 1993, the NCRA/ANREC Awards have honoured the amazing programming, people, and activities of our sector and continue to reflect the range and diversity of campus and community radio across Canada. Deep Roots Deep Roots initiative wouldn’t be possible without Jacqueline Mathieu and her coordination work with Klahoose community members. Thank you to Chief Peacey and Council for naming her to this role.. which started as a volunteer position and has grown to be the foundation for great stories. Thank you to our Klahoose voices… who truly guided season 2 stories… And the happy work to bring 3 sister nations together to work collaboratively. Koosen Pielle, Drew Blaney~ drumming and singing you will hear joining Klahoose voices. FOCI, CKTZ, CIMAS representatives supported the process. Chaired by David Rousseau, who does so many good things. Check out Cortes Radio ​website​ for full list of writers, producers, stories and spinoffs. See the bottom of this article for a full list of our donors, sponsors and funders~ E’mote, Thank you! Submissions From Season Two “Listen to What Has Been Shared”… who is listening? Last June, we submitted a few of our Deep Roots stories to Indigenous Services Canada, “Listen to What has been Shared...