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Episode 4: The Power of Names

Updated: Apr 13, 2023

What’s the name of the city, or town, or country that you’re in right now? Do you know where that name comes from? Do you know how long it’s been known by that name, or if it’s had any other names?

Today we’re looking at names across this country – the names of places, people, and individuals – and what truths about our history they reveal or obscure.

This episode Ry Moran talks with Daryl Kootenay, Heather Igloliorte, Lawrence Hill, and Robina Thomas about the deep connections between history, land, and identity.

Photo by Ry Moran

Barry Pottle’s Awareness Series (E-tag photographs):

Lawrence’s Beatrice and Croc Harry:

Episode Transcript

The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Article 13:

Indigenous peoples have the right to revitalize, use, develop and transmit to future generations their histories, languages, oral traditions, philosophies, writing systems and literatures, and to designate and retain their own names for communities, places and persons.

United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals:

This podcast is created through direct work of an incredible group of people. It is produced and written by Karina Greenwood and Ry Moran, with editing and script support by Cassidy Villebrun-Buracas, mixing and mastering by Matheus Terra, with music by Ry Moran.

Special thanks to Christine Walde, Emily Garry, Kaelan Smith, Lisa Abram, Molly Hanley, Samantha McFarlane, and Sophie Beriault for all their work and support on this project.

Taapwaywin is made possible through the University of Victoria Strategic Framework Impact Fund and with support from the UVic Libraries and CFUV Radio. This podcast was created on unceded lək̓ʷəŋən and W̱SÁNEĆ territories.


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