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, Tara Warkentin discovers a rich tapestry of practical and symbolic significance found in this ancient art.


Thursday, April 6th

Where Have All The Salmon Gone?
Writer/Producer: Roy Hales

We’ve been hearing about diminishing wild salmon runs for years, but is this just part of a much bigger cycle? Find out how the answer to this question is far more complex than simply drawing a line between A and B.


Thursday, April 13th

Owl Wisdom
Writer/Producer: Annie Rosenberg

Decades after a nearly unspeakable family tragedy, family members gain insight from what  appears to be a chance encounter, later revealing itself as an auspicious message.


Thursday April 20th

The Energetic Forest
Writer/Producer: Rick Bockner

Do trees communicate? Do they look after each other and other species? Rick Bockner unearths a sophisticated network of co-dependent life forces, below and above our feet.


Thursday, April 27th

A Reshuffling Of Atoms
Writer/Producer: Mercedes Grant

Why are we so afraid of death and how do we prepare for it? For something that’s inevitable we sure do our best to avoid it. Mercedes Grant takes us on a personal journey of grief and resolution.


Thursday, May 4th

Clam Gardens
Writer/Producer: Odette Auger

History shows us that First Nations have had an elaborate shellfishery for thousands of years. What’s become of that rich food source and what lies ahead for it’s future?



Thursday, May 11th

Writer/Producer: Morgan Tams

Our material world is obsessed with acquiring and accumulating stuff. But how much do we all really need? Morgan Tams looks for options and solutions to this omnipresent conundrum.



Thursday, May 18th

Sparks Fly In The Forest
Writer/Producer: Brittany Baxter

Writer/producer Brittany Baxter reveals how an environmental challenge brings together unlikely alliances to create positive change in the Cortes Island community and beyond.