Who am I? Bridging identities for people of both settler and Indigenous heritage

The rabble podcast network offers an alternative take on politics, entertainment, society, stories, community and life in general. All opinions belong to the podcaster; however, podcasters are expected to adhere to our guidelines. We welcome new podcasters -- contact us for details.

Please chip in to support rabble's election 2019 coverage. Support rabble.ca today for as little as $1 per month!

Heather Majaury and Myrriah Gomez-Majaury

This summer, as much of the country celebrated Canada 150, there has been much needed discussion about the place of Indigenous people within that context. There has been growing recognition that the 'founding of Canada' narrative is not accurate and shows disrespect for the real founders of this country -- Canada's Indigenous people.

Complicating the equation even more, there are many people in this country whose heritage is both Indigenous and settler. Today we're going to hear from three people who question where they belong within that continuum. And to finish off, we'll hear from the founder/producer/host of the Media Indigena podcast, which explores these questions and much more.

1.) Braden Alexander - Braden was the rabble podcast network's 2017 intern. Braden is living in London Ontario and is about to start school at Fanshawe College in a month's time. He is of Metis heritage but doesn't know much more than that because he's adopted. He agreed to talk to us about how this ambiguity and his heritage has affected his life and his journalism.

2.) Heather Majaury and Myrriah Gomez-Majaury - Heather is the writer and performer of This is My Drum, a one woman play that explores questions of identity and belonging, resistance and surrender, partially in dialogue with her late Anishnaabe grandmother (Kokomis). It was performed in Kitchener/Waterloo in 2015.  Victoria Fenner did a documentary with Heather and her daughter for The Green Planet Monitor in 2015.  Today's show features an excerpt of that piece. You can hear the entire documentary here.

3.) Rick Harp - Rick is the founder, producer and host of the Media Indigena podcast. In 2015, rabble.ca invited Rick to be a panelist at the rabble podcast network's 10th anniversary celebration to talk about indigenous podcasting. He didn't have his own podcast at the time, but we could tell he was thinking about it. Less than a year later, he launched Media Indigena. A host/producer with the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network for many years, Rick has also served as Artistic Director for the Winnipeg Aboriginal Film Festival, was a host and producer for CBC Radio and also worked at CKCU, Carleton University's campus based community station in Ottawa.

He is a member of the Peter Ballantyne Cree Nation in northern Saskatchewan.

Image: Heather Majaury and Myrriah Gomez-Majaury. Photo by Victoria Fenner

Like this podcast? rabble is reader/listener supported journalism.

Thank you for reading this story…

More people are reading rabble.ca than ever and unlike many news organizations, we have never put up a paywall – at rabble we’ve always believed in making our reporting and analysis free to all, while striving to make it sustainable as well. Media isn’t free to produce. rabble’s total budget is likely less than what big corporate media spend on photocopying (we kid you not!) and we do not have any major foundation, sponsor or angel investor. Our main supporters are people and organizations -- like you. This is why we need your help. You are what keep us sustainable.

rabble.ca has staked its existence on you. We live or die on community support -- your support! We get hundreds of thousands of visitors and we believe in them. We believe in you. We believe people will put in what they can for the greater good. We call that sustainable.

So what is the easy answer for us? Depend on a community of visitors who care passionately about media that amplifies the voices of people struggling for change and justice. It really is that simple. When the people who visit rabble care enough to contribute a bit then it works for everyone.

And so we’re asking you if you could make a donation, right now, to help us carry forward on our mission. Make a donation today.


We welcome your comments! rabble.ca embraces a pro-human rights, pro-feminist, anti-racist, queer-positive, anti-imperialist and pro-labour stance, and encourages discussions which develop progressive thought. Our full comment policy can be found here. Learn more about Disqus on rabble.ca and your privacy here. Please keep in mind:


  • Tell the truth and avoid rumours.
  • Add context and background.
  • Report typos and logical fallacies.
  • Be respectful.
  • Respect copyright - link to articles.
  • Stay focused. Bring in-depth commentary to our discussion forum, babble.


  • Use oppressive/offensive language.
  • Libel or defame.
  • Bully or troll.
  • Post spam.
  • Engage trolls. Flag suspect activity instead.