Deep Roots Initiative
Deep Roots Steering Committee leader David Rousseau, Volunteer and Fundraising co-ordinator Odette Auger, Senior Producer Greg Osaba and Klahoose Co-ordinator Jacqueline Mathieu are interviewed on the ECOreport‘s Jan 10 broadcast (rebroadcast Feb 21).
The Deep Roots Initiative will build upon a strong foundation of CKTZ’s successful Legends series over the past year, and our long running Coast Salish language program.
Cortes has a remarkable reservoir of cultural knowledge, environmental science and practical expertise, all with deep roots in volunteerism, and local responsibility. The Initiative will provide the vehicle for putting those resources to work in the community, through the radio.
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.
ntroducing 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.
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.
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.
My 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.
Howie 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.
Sean is a founder of Cortes Radio, a well known DJ and has kept us on the air from the beginning.
Fundraising & Volunteer Coordinator
My mom, of the Sagamok Anishnabek nation, used to take me for walks and casually point out herbs her grandmothers used- we would talk about our dreams remembering the past. Now I work with non profit children/youth programming afterschool… no surprise, our favourite moments are when we enter the forest and explore… child-led conversation organically turns to how we could live connected to the universe, the land, and each other. All children benefit from this respectful sharing. Deep Roots Initiative attracts me for the same reasons, and I’m pleased to participate in this essential project!