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UMulticultural has been positioned as a broadcaster and media platform focused on diverse communities. The idea of implementing the web-based radio station for the ethnocultural communities of Manitoba and Canada is another unique component of the media platform. U Radio is the digital hub, where diverse communities can share their voices, music, and stories.

U Talk is a Talk Show hosted by Ryan Funk, highlighting native-born and new Canadians’ cultures and experiences.

Everyone has a story to tell. Those who moved to Canada have a wealth of knowledge and experiences that I and many others may never have. This radio show allows people to learn from personal experiences, struggles, backgrounds, and cultures of communities that may not have their voices heard.

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U Talk S2E1: Folklorama

 

August 6 – 8  Folklorama Fusion, the one unified virtual experience, is taking place. The one Multi-cultural Fusion event is the first time the ethnocultural member communities that make up the pavilions will virtually showcase their heritage. 

Here’s Executive Director Teresa Cotroneo to tell us more about this virtual festival and the history of Folklorama. 

https://folklorama.ca/

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U Talk Ep 56 – Cameron Robertson

Cameron Robertson is a Cree speaker who values all indigenous languages. His goals are to teach his culture’s words and language through the human spirit of storytelling. Before he was eight, he lived with his grandfather, a trapper, near Norway House.
 
We talked about Cam’s dream to bring back his language, community, media and how he became a writer.

U Talk Ep 55 – Lisa Muswagon & Hellnback

Lisa Muswagon is a Nakoda Cree member of the Pimicikamak Cree Nation, also known as Cross Lake in Northern Manitoba. She was raised in the north, the Interlake Region and Winnipeg and went back to her home community to complete high school. Receiving a hand drum from her father when she was young, she has been performing ever since.

Hellnback is also known as Karmen Omeasoo and is from the Samson Cree Nation in Alberta. The community is part of the hub of Maskwacis Cree Nation south of Edmonton. A veteran in the native hip-hop industry, Omeasoo has come a long way. Hellnback first gained international recognition as a founding member of the groundbreaking group War Party.

I had the opportunity to chat with both Lisa and Karmen about music, culture, and Karmen’s Kidney journey. 

NEW SINGLE “Enipoyak – to stand together”

U Talk Ep 54 – Dr. Cody Lo

I believe science is one of the coolest things ever, and it’s incredibly inspiring to see people enter STEM fields. However, there can often be a challenge for the general public to interpret and understand the in-depth work scientists go through.

Dr. Cody Lo is an Ophthalmology Resident Physician at The Ottawa Hospital. Cody obtained his Doctor of Medicine (MD) and Bachelor’s of Science (BSc), majoring in Pharmacology from the University of British Columbia (UBC) in Vancouver and graduated as a Wesbrook scholar. Cody and I discuss his passion for scientific research, advocating against health inequities, and helping mentor the next generation of leaders in his community. 

Want to learn more about Dr. Lo and his work? https://linktr.ee/codylomd

U Talk Ep 53 – Anti-Racism in Sport Campaign

In Canada, 94% of Kinesiology and Physical Education university faculties are white. As of September 2020, only 5.7% of NHL players identified as Indigenous, Black, or part of a Racialized community. How can sports be an equal playing field when we see statistics like this. 

The Anti-Racism in Sport Campaign seeks to increase, promote, and engage in discussions on anti-racism in sport about the presence of all levels of racism in sport in Winnipeg. It also looks at the impact of racism on people’s lives, raises awareness, addresses, and eliminates racism and discrimination experienced by First Nations, Metis, Inuit, Black, Racialized, and Religious Minority communities in sport.

https://antiracisminsport.ca/

U Talk Season Two

U Talk Season One

We Stand Together

On May 27, the First Nations community was shaken when the remains of 215 First Nations children were found in unmarked graves on what was once a residential school in Kamloops, B.C., and the 751 unmarked graves uncovered at a cemetery near the former Marieval Indian Residential School.
 
These are the voices of our First Nations pained by the loss, frustrated by systemic racism and oppression, and the stories of survivors who lived through horrific conditions at these schools.

 
Indian Residential School Survivors Society

A helpline for residential school survivors can be reached at 1-866-925-4419.

The Indian Residential School Survivors Society is a British Columbia-based organization providing services to residential school survivors for over 20 years. It started by helping residential school survivors navigate the court systems and has since expanded to help residential school survivors and engage in community education for Indigenous and non-Indigenous people. You can donate here

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It feels immoral to celebrate and have fireworks when a  majority of your neighbors are holding a funeral for 1,323 undocumented  First Nation’s children, especially when the numbers of these horrific discoveries continue to climb rapidly. July 1, on Portage & Main at 1 pm, three individuals are inviting the Winnipeg community not to celebrate the country that tried to remove its Indigenous People but to join together for an Every Child Matters Walk. The mission is to increase awareness of what has and is happening to Indigenous communities and identify the children buried at residential schools, bringing them home, and giving a safe space for survivors. Their truths deserve to be amplified and validated after being silenced for so long.

Find out more: https://fb.me/e/1CEYPjvKf

Vivian Ketchum is a residential school survivor and has healed enough to share her story. With the news of the 751 discovery of 751 unmarked graves near a former Saskatchewan residential school, awareness of this institution needs to continue to ensure these stories are not forgotten. U Multicultural is sharing the stories of Indigenous people as a part of the “We Stand Together” initiative for residential schools awareness.

The news of these lost children pained Nii Gaani Aki Inini (Leading Earth Man), Elder Dr. David Courchene of The Turtle Lodge International Centre for Indigenous Education and Wellness in Sagkeeng First Nation. He now turns his thoughts to today’s and tomorrow’s children and asking what sort of world will we leave for them.

Ray (Coco) Stevenson is a well-known traditional singer and drummer from Manitoba. Ray shared his thoughts and feeling upon hearing the news of the 215 children and the devastating effect Residential Schools had on survivors living in Winnipeg.

Gerry (Gramma) Shingoose is a residential school survivor attending Muscowequan Residential School from 1962 to 1971. Gramma Shingoose shares her thoughts on the 215 children found and her traumatic experiences, which were residential school.
 
Since Sunday, May 30, Manitoba’s First Nations members have been holding a four-day ceremony in front of Manitoba’s Legislative building, honouring the lives of the 215 children who were found and honouring the survivors for their truths resiliency, and stories.
 
Organizer Alayh McIvor shares her thoughts and feelings on this haunting news.
 

Share your voice with U Radio

U are welcome to get in touch with us to share your story because U Talk is about YOU talking about what matters to you! We always welcome creative ideas and partnerships so do not hesitate to get in touch with us! LET YOUR VOICE BE HEARD!

Three steps to take part in U Talk:

  1. Write to us to discuss your idea, topic of interest or concerns;
  2. Discuss the further process with our Host and set up date and time;
  3. You Talk for U Talk.

This is it! Pretty simple, right? 

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