This week: Indigenous music and radio in Canada

A newsletter from one of our fellow Canadian organizations in the Bay Area.

Canadian Studies Announcements
In this issue:
  • Cosponsored event: “Indigenous Music and Radio in Canada”
  • Upcoming event: Hildebrand Research Roundtable
  • External events:
  • “Canadian Brass: Making Spirits Bright for 50 Years and Counting”
Indigenous Music and Radio in Canada
November 17 | 4 pm | 1303 Dwinelle Hall | RSVP here
Canadian Studies is pleased to partner with the Language Revitalization Working Group (Department of Linguistics) to host a special event on contemporary Indigenous radio and music in Canada. Hear from two trailblazers in the field as they discuss the importance of Indigenous-language media to Native communities, and how it helps listeners connect with their heritage and families across distances.
David McLeod (Ojibwe/Métis) is the general manager of Native Communications Incorporated (NCI), a Manitoba radio broadcaster based in Winnipeg. He has hosted both radio and television talk format programs, and has worked as a television reporter covering stories throughout northern Manitoba for several years. In 2002, David received an Indigenous Music Award for his contributions in promoting Indigenous music.
CBC article in March profiled McLeod and his radio team on his show Friends on Friday, and explained how the show helped connect Native communities across Manitoba during the pandemic.
Brian Wright-McLeod (Dakota/Anishnabe) is a music journalist and educator. Widely recognized as “the authority” on Native music, his journey in radio began in 1983, resulting in the publication of his first book, The Encyclopedia of Native Music (University of Arizona, 2005). He currently teaches Indigenous Music in Culture at Centennial College, and Indigenous studies at George Brown College in Toronto
This event will be held in-person at UC Berkeley; however, a live webcast will be available for those who would prefer to attend virtually. Please RSVP for more details.
This event is also cosponsored by the Center for Race and Gender.
Hildebrand Graduate Research Showcase
December 7 | 12:30 pm | Online | RSVP here
Learn about the research Canadian Studies funds through our Edward Hildebrand Graduate Research Fellowships, as recipients present short overviews of their projects. Participating scholars are below; RSVP to
Caylee Hong, Ph.D. can., Anthropology
“Orphaned Wells: The Impact of Corporate Bankruptcy on Energy Infrastructures and Municipal Futures”
Mass bankruptcies of energy companies have “orphaned” thousands of oil and gas wells across Canada and the United States in recent years. Without solvent owners to plug and decommission them, such wells pose serious environmental, financial, and health and safety concerns, especially in urban areas. Caylee examines the ways that cities and their residents grapple with these oil and gas wells in their midst. In this talk, Caylee will draw upon her comparative research from several diverse urban environments in British Columbia, Alberta, and California.
Sophie Major, Ph.D. can., Energy & Resources Group
“Indigenous Political Theory of First Nations People in British Columbia”
Sophie’s research examines the marginalization of Indigenous people and Indigenous knowledge in political theory discourses and asks if and how political theorists ought to engage with Indigenous political thought. Incorporating original ethnographic work with First Nations peoples in British Columbia, Canada, Sophie’s dissertation introduces a number of case studies, illustrating the strengths of an ethnographic, historicist, genealogical, and interpretive approach to the study of Indigenous political theory.
Canadian Brass: Making Spirits Bright for 50 Years and Counting
December 11 | 8 pm | Zellerbach Hall | Buy tickets
For half a century, the lighthearted but seriously virtuosic Canadian Brass has been luring listeners of all ages to the rich, exciting, exuberant sound of brass music. The Grammy-winning quintet, with more than 100 recordings to its name, has charmed audiences from Moscow and Beijing to Boston and Tokyo, playing a dizzying range of repertoire including music of the Baroque, Dixieland, Broadway, and John Philip Sousa.
Canadian Brass Making Spirits Bright for 50 Years and CouThis very special holiday program features originals like “Bach’s Bells”; favorite songs such as “White Christmas,” “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year,” and “Christmas Time Is Here”; and familiar classical, choral, and popular music arranged to make brass instruments sing.
Canadian Studies Program
213 Moses Hall #2308
Canadian Studies Program | Univ. of California, Berkeley, 213 Moses Hall #2308, Berkeley, CA 94720

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