Deep Roots Initiative
The Deep Roots Initiative will develop local and regionally based community radio programming on topics such as local First Nations culture, island history, and environmental issues. Most environmental issues are global in nature, but have local faces with unique perspectives, strategies and actions. These can be effectively intertwined with our present day needs and challenges, transformed by traditional knowledge.
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Community Radio Fund of Canada
Klahoose First Nation
Friends of Cortes Island
CKTZ listeners will know Greg Osoba by his on-air persona “Nat King Cono”, who has been bringing his Friday Lunchtime Locomotion music program to the airwaves for nearly 10 years.
Born and raised in Vancouver, he trained as a broadcast professional in Ontario before working as a radio news reporter for eight years in Toronto, Edmonton and Vancouver covering crime, the courts, politics, the arts, lifestyle and sports.
He also worked for 26 years on Cortes at Hollyhock, primarily in the role of Marketing Manager as well as in several other departments. He brings to the Deep Roots Initiative his passion for working with others, enthusiastic collaborative content creation, and professional quality programming.
Klahoose CoordinatorMy Name is Jacqueline Mathieu. I am the Daughter of Emma Yvonne Louie and Pierre Mathieu My Grandparents are John Louie, Emma Hill and Laurier Mathieu , Jacqueline Lamire I belong to the Klahoose First Nation on Cortes Island Originating in Toba Inlet. I am Currently working in Language preservation and Cultural revitalization within my community as well as a liaison between Klahoose and the Cortes island radio specifically working on the Deep Roots Project. Without my ancestors I would not be doing the good work I do, my people motivate me. With my work in the Deep Roots project I would love to see more Indigenous writers telling indigenous stories. Our main mandate with my work in Deep Roots is to ensure authenticity and I know our team of writers and editors will make my dream a reality.
It was the tinny tones of talk radio reverberating in the childhood kitchen that first captured Rob’s imagination and wonder. Listening and learning.
Fast forward to young teen when Rob’s electric guitar became a new tool to explore sound and music. That fascination with electronics, wires and gadgets inspired a deeper curiosity about recording and broadcast.
Eventually, the confluence of music, technology, and stories flowed naturally into a career in radio with the CBC where Rob contributed as a technician, engineer and producer for over 20 years.
Along the way, Rob developed a passion for teaching that led him to become a trainer and course designer for CBC Radio and The Canadian Media Guild.
Now living on Cortes Island, Rob is teaching yoga and health practices and happy to be part of the Deep Roots team at CKTZ.
CoordinatorHowie is a long term Cortes Islander who has been with Cortes Radio from almost the beginning 11 years ago. He and a friend, Paul the K, have one of the longest running shows on CKTZ, Anything Goes. Over the years Howie has taken many roles at Cortes Radio, from carpenter, janitor to programmer training to much more. Howie’s role in Deep Roots is to help tie the pieces together to further CKTZ. He will be working with everyone in the project to fit their piece into the overall jig saw puzzle that makes Cortes Radio unique.
Technical ManagerSean is a founder of Cortes Radio, a well known DJ and has kept us on the air from the beginning.
Senior ProducerMorgan Rhys Tams is a multi-disciplinary artist and media educator who spends his time on an assortment of small islands on British Columbia’s West Coast. As an artist his work has been shown in galleries, festivals and broadcast internationally. As an educator he has taught in partnership with The National Film Board of Canada, The City of Victoria Artist in Residence Program, The Vancouver Olympic Organizing Committee, Hot Docs International Documentary Festival and The Klondike Institute of Art and Culture. Morgan has a passion for creative storytelling, community engagement, and pushing the boundaries of media form and format. Deep Roots represents his first foray into radio, but it certainly won’t be his last.
Fundraising & Volunteer CoordinatorOdette Auger, of Sagamok Anishinabek through her mother, Communications and Project Financial Manager. Odette brings her background in education, support work, literacy outreach, visual arts and fund raising to naturally combine in Deep Roots Initiative. “This project is meaningful to me because it positively and creatively revisits assumptions and perspectives.”