Thank You, E’mote For Your Support Of The Deep Roots Story Project!

Thank You, E’mote For Your Support Of The Deep Roots Story Project!

We are grateful for your encouraging donations, sponsorships and helping hands. With your support, in the last year we were able to give back to our community as well as raise awareness and do further outreach within our on-going collaboration. Here is a recap of some of our activities and events over the past year and what’s on the horizon for 2019. In November 2017 CKTZ hosted two workshops at Klahoose focusing on technical recording skills, interviewing basics and the craft of writing for radio. We had CBC audio producer/trainer Rob Selmanovic facilitate these essential trainings. Beginning in January 2018, Deep Roots hosted a series of bi weekly roundtables, where Klahoose story seeds were nurtured into themes and developed into specific interviewee/writer/story sprouts. The bridge between radio, podcast and millennia-old knowledge of oral storytelling was built with season 1. Season 2 was a refinement, with Island Waves goal that all stories originate from Klahoose community. Vintage Vignettes is a spin off of Deep Roots, and is a collaboration between CI Museum and Archives and CKTZ. In April 2018, we were featured in Salish Sea Sentinel, a magazine that serves as the voice for Naut’sa mawt Tribal Council http://salishseasentinel.ca/2018/03/deep-roots-radio-gives-platform-to-klahoose- voices/ In May 2018, our Klahoose Coordinator was honoured for her work with Deep Roots and language work, in the ReMatriate campaign, an Indigenous women’s collective https://m.facebook.com/ReMatriate/?ref=m_notif&notif_t=feedback_reaction_genericLearn more about ReMatriatehttp://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/rematriate-wants-to-take-back-visual-identity-of- first-nations-1.3029833 In June 2018, we hosted the Season 2 Launch Party, which was a wild success, with 200 in attendance to listen to stories, celebrate this community bridging project. The fundraising Bannock+Beer part of the launch party raised funds for Klahoose canoe...
Community Radio Fund Of Canada Awarded $50,000 For Deep Roots Initiative

Community Radio Fund Of Canada Awarded $50,000 For Deep Roots Initiative

Cortes Island (August 1, 2017) – Cortes Community Radio, 89.5 FM, is pleased to announce that the Community Radio Fund of Canada awarded the station $50,000 for the continuation and expansion of “The Deep Roots Initiative”. These funds were made available through the Radiometres program. This year’s project will invite producers to bring in stories similar to those done under Deep Roots last year, i.e. contemporary environmental issues informed by traditional knowledge and legend. However these stories will be “snapshot” segments rather than full length narratives. Two or more brief stories on a related topic will build the more complete images we wish to convey. A specific liaison position has been created with Klahoose FN to air stories originating in traditional culture and contemporary issues.  “The Deep Roots initiative enables local producers to work under the tutelage of veteran broadcasters, with decades of collective experience with some of our nation’s top radio stations. They are also brought into close contact with Klahoose FN elders. This experience will enable CKTZ’s producers to hone their skills to a degree that would not have been possible, were it not for the generosity of the CRFC,” says Roy L Hales, President, Cortes Community Radio. The CRFC is a national not-for-profit organisation whose mission is to build and improve the campus and community radio sector for all Canadians. Through the Radiometres program, which is currently the cornerstone of their funding, the CRFC just announced that they will invest close to 1.5 million dollars in our sector in order to enrich local programming as well as to promote volunteerism and community participation. Within five years, the...
Deep Roots – March Update

Deep Roots – March Update

Deep Roots Stories To Be Aired 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 Place Writer/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

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

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.  https://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...