Welcome to our New Podcast Series: FIRST STORIES: Tales from Turtle Island hosted by Matthew Dyck.

It’s hard to peg Dennis Allen as exclusively a filmmaker, or a musician, or a writer. Rather, Dennis weaves between all three with ease and comfort. From a long line of traditional Inuit story-tellers, Dennis took this ancient folk art of storytelling and shape-shifted it into award winning films, poignant songs, and dramatic writing. Winner of the Alanis Obomsawin Best Documentary Award; The Sally Manning Award for Non-Fiction Writing, and an Honorable Mention from the American Songwriter’s Competition, Dennis is a talented artist and gifted storyteller.

Episode 002

Kung Jaadee (jah-day) is a professional storyteller, educator and published author belonging to the X̱aayda (Haida),  xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) and Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) First Nations. Her Haida name, Kung Jaadee, means ‘Moon Woman’ and was presented to her at her great uncle’s memorial feast by her cousin Crystal Robinson. Over the past 28 years, Kung Jaadee has performed traditional Haida legends, while also sharing vivid personal stories about her clan’s survival of the smallpox epidemic, and  the history and culture of her people. She has performed at hundreds of festivals, schools and Aboriginal celebrations across Canada. She is the author of  the popular children’s books, Raven’s Feast and Gifts from Raven (selected as a Local BC Book to Read), as well as curriculum textbooks, Haida Nation: Indigenous Communities in Canada and We Are Home. Her stories have also been published in several anthologies, magazines and online publications. Most recently, Kung Jaadee worked as the Vancouver Public Library’s Indigenous Storyteller in Residence.
While living in Haida Gwaii, she taught X̱aad Kil, the Haida language while working with the Old Masset Village Council,  at Chief Matthews School and the Haida Health Centre in Gaw Tlagee. Kung Jaadee holds a Bachelor of Arts with a major in English and minor in Women’s Studies from the University of Victoria and a Bachelor of Education from the University of Alberta.

Episode 003

Kalhwá7alap (hello),my name is Nicole Hurley. I am from the St’at’imc Nation in the Southern Interior of B.C. I’ve spent my school years in Coquitlam, BC where I reside today! I am a college student currently in my BA for Social Work with a double minor in Criminology and Indigenous Studies. My hope is to go forward with my degree and work within the indigenous community. I enjoy spending time in Mother Nature and spending time with the people dearest to me! Tákem nsnekwnúkw7a (All my relations)

Episode 001 Let’s Connect with Christine McKenzie.

Episode 002 Let’s Connect with Michelle Zhou.

Host Matthew Dyck connects with Youth Employment Counsellor, Michelle Zhou. Conversation includes Michelle’s origin story, employment advice, and much more. Michelle can be contacted via her email: michelle.zhou@ccssociety.ca Special thanks to Children’s Aid Foundation, the Government of Canada, and RBC for making Youthworks possible.

Episode 003 Let’s Connect with Jesse Gardner.

Host Matthew Dyck connects with Indigenous Outreach/Support Worker, Jesse Gardner. Conversation includes a brief introduction to Jesse and what brought him to this work. Life experience and how it relates to social work, and much more. Jesse can be contacted via his email: ccss1@ccssociety.ca

Episode 004 Let’s Connect with Rebecca Sun.

Host Matthew Dyck connects with Lead Clinician for Supporting Families, Rebecca Sun. Conversation includes an overview of the services Supporting Families provide, Resilient Kids, and much more. For more information please go to: www.supportingfamilies.ca

Episode 005 Let’s Connect with Ning Huang

Host Matthew Dyck connects with Employment Program Coordinator, Ning Huang. Conversation includes employment strategies during pandemic, Youth Works, and much more. 

Episode 006 Let’s Connect with Shyama Priya.

Host Matthew Dyck connects with Indigenous Powwow Teacher, Shyama Priya. Conversation includes Shyama’s early beginnings in powwow, her teachers, performing on the world stage and much more. Virtual Powwow Classes brought to you by The Wild Moccasin Dancers, Connections Community Services, and Richmond School District #38.

Episode 007 Let’s Connect with Jasmine Chou.

Host Matthew Dyck connects with Outdoor Early Childhood Educator, Jasmine Chou. Conversation includes the concepts behind forest school, simple activities to engage your kids in the great outdoors, and much more. Connect with Jasmine on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/jasminexnature/

008 Let’s Connect with Manj Bath.

Host Matthew Dyck connects with CEO and Clinical Director of MindRight Counselling & Consulting, Manj Bath. Conversation includes an overview of services offered during pandemic, introduction to EMDR in regards to trauma, and much more. Connect with Manj at www.mindrightcounselling.com

Episode 009 Let’s Connect with Deanna Walker.

Host Matthew Dyck connects with Richmond Public Library Librarian, Deanna Walker. Conversation includes how the RPL adapted to continue services during pandemic, upcoming programs, and much more. Learn more about what the Richmond Public Library has to offer at www.yourlibrary.ca