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Our Native Land

Join our host, Tchadas Leo as we explore all things Indigenous and First Nations! Our Native Land features fun interviews and compelling discussions about Indigenous and First Nations cuisine, culture, heritage, and more from Vancouver Island and around the world. Recorded at CHEK Studios in Victoria, BC, Tchadas is joined by guests of all backgrounds and professions for educational, emotional, and engaging conversations. If you are interested in being a guest on Our Native Land, please contact us!


Ep. 98: All aboard BC Ferries with Captain Random Fact!
Isaac Cathers aka Captain Random Fact has been gifting BC Ferry passengers with a random fact of the day for years. It is only recently that he decided to film himself announcing these facts for social media. He now has a good following and loves talking about his Indigenous heritage and his passion for the water. Follow Isaac on all social media platforms by typing in: @captainrandomfact
22:56 06/12/22
Ep. 97: Don't Panic! We have Bannock! Elijah Mack
This week we talk to the young and talented franchise owner of Kekuli Cafe: Elijah Mack. Elijah has many accolades including being the winner of the young entrepreneur of the year award from the BC Achievement foundation in 2021.
22:02 29/11/22
Ep. 96: Keeping Cree Alive with Author Doris George
Doris George is a Cree educator. She is the principal of Chemawawin Schools in Easterville, Manitoba, where she also taught Cree language for four years. She holds a BA and BEd from University College of the North and a Community Linguist Certificate (CLC) from the University of Alberta. She has a passion for her language, and credits her grandparents and parents with speaking Cree with her when she was growing up. Tchadas and Doris talk about her new award-winning book and keeping the Cree language and culture alive.
20:55 08/11/22
Ep. 95: Moosemeat and Marmalade!
“Moosemeat & Marmalade” follows the culinary adventures of bush cook, Art Napoleon, and classically trained British chef, Dan Hayes. Together, they explore Indigenous and European culture and cuisine. Art Napoleon is this weeks guest and Tchadas grills up some questions that will leave you hungry!
22:09 01/11/22
Ep. 94: Minister of Indigenous Services Patty Hajdu
Patty Hajdu was elected as Member of Parliament for Thunder Bay-Superior North in 2015. She now serves Canada as the federal Minister of Indigenous Services. Tchadas and Patty talk about her career, the challenges facing Indigenous communities in Canada and what happens next, now that the Pope has left Canada.
23:09 25/10/22
Ep. 93: You gotta eat here: Songhees Food Truck
Rooted in the Songhees Nation’s deep history in Victoria and the surrounding region, our food truck offers a modern take on Songhees cultural tradition. The food truck offer a vast menu with fresh local ingredients that authentically incorporate the craft and care of food preparation embodied by the Songhees. Join Tchadas Leo and the truck manager Aaron George as they make your mouth water with yummy food talk!
21:37 18/10/22
Ep. 92: Kwakwaka'wakw artist Lou-ann Neel
Welcome back Lou-ann Neel to the show! Lou-ann is a phenomenal local artist who is responsible for “Indigeifying” the new Chek logo. Lou-ann is working hard to create supportive spaces for emerging and existing Indigenous artists.
22:32 11/10/22
Ep. 91: Learning about the past with Brad Marsden
Brad is a Residential Schools course facilitator and life skill coach. In his workshop he highlights the Systemic Discrimination within Government Institutions (i.e. Unequal & Unjust laws, Negative Media Portrayals, Erasure of Native existence within Educational Institutions & Resources) which all resulted in Brad being born into a community that was collectively traumatized for the last 200+ years.
22:31 04/10/22
Ep. 90: Big Mac
In this episode, Tchadas sits down with his colleague and friend from BCIT. They discuss the 1st year of Journalism studies, Indigenous hockey players and a behind the scenes discussion of their recent trip up to Bute Inlet.
22:02 27/09/22
Ep. 89: Going home to Bute Inlet
Join Tchadas as he goes on a healing journey up to his traditional lands of the Homalco people. Once up the Bute Inlet, elders will take part in a traditional burning ceremony hosted by former lieutenant governor of BC Steven Point. Other interviews include Chief Darren Blaney and AGM of Homalco Wildlife Tours Chyanne Trenholm.
21:02 20/09/22
Ep. 88: Premier John Horgan
Welcome Premier of the Province to ONL! After many years of public service, Premier Horgan is stepping down as the Premier and the leader of the BCNDP but will continue to hold his MLA seat. Horgan and Tchadas talk about reconciliation and his plans once he steps down.
22:18 13/09/22
Ep. 87: Let's make Fry Bread!
Elder Jessica Sault from the Nuu-chah-nulth Nation, along with her Assistant Cheyanne Tinoko, teach Tchadas how to make Fry Bread. This episode was shot at Royal Roads University and may be the yummiest episode of ONL to date! Flute music by Fletcher Lenz.
22:25 05/09/22
Ep. 86: Teoni is Back!
This week on ONL, Author Teoni Spathelfer comes in person to hang out and talk about Indigenous authors and books. Teoni also reads a small passage from the final book of her trilogy.
22:42 29/08/22
Ep. 85: Okpik: Little Village in the Arctic
Co-Director of the CBC documentary OKPIK Tiffany Ayalik is an Inuk performer; a filmmaker, actor and singer based in Vancouver. She is from Kugluktuk, Nunavut, and was born and raised in Yellowknife, in the Northwest Territories. This episode goes behind the scenes of what it takes to film a documentary in sub-arctic temperatures.
22:37 22/08/22
Ep. 84: City of Victoria Mayor Lisa Helps
City of Victoria Mayor Lisa Helps joins Tchadas on this episode of ONL. Mayor Helps discusses the city’s progress with reconciliation in partnership with local Indigenous communities. Tchadas also asks Lisa what she plans to do on her first day off!
22:54 15/08/22
Ep. 83: Longhouse Media with Keenan Beavis
Keenan is the founder of Longhouse Media, Canada’s largest indigenous-owned media company. Longhouse specializes in video production, web design, digital marketing, search engine optimization and more. Keenan and Tchadas dive into how to properly engage with Indigenous marketing.
21:56 08/08/22
Ep. 82: Working together with Two Worlds Consulting
This week’s ONL episode features Jennifer Campbell who is the proud Founder and CEO of Two Worlds Consulting. She is an experienced Project Management Professional and Environmental Professional. Jennifer is a Métis person with roots in Manitoba and brings lived experience to the team.
21:54 01/08/22
Ep. 81: Hanging out with Tchadas Part 4
Welcome to another special episode of ONL. This week, ONL listeners and viewers will get a chance to learn more about the National Indigenous day and it’s timeline, Tchadas will review different Indigenous news worthy articles, and finally we will learn more about how to properly report on different Indigenous communities across Canada.
22:35 25/07/22
Ep. 80: Standing in the Gap
This week on ONL, we go up north to the new exhibit at the Museum at Campbell River. This exhibit explores the impacts of colonization through the experiences of one family, and one artist. Kwakwaka’wakw artist and Hereditary Chief G̱ixkastallasame-gi, or Cecil Dawson.
27:00 18/07/22
Ep. 79: BCIT Webinar, Dos and Don'ts of using Indigenous Imagery, Art and Culture Part 2
On this episode of ONL, Tchadas gets to be a part of a webinar focusing on the “Dos and Don’ts” of using Indigenous Imagery, Art and Culture in business from a panel of Indigenous artists and entrepreneurs. This is the second part of this webinar that was featured on episode 74. Host: Julie Nolin. Panelists: Jaymie Campbell, Tchadas Leo, Merle Alexander and Keenan Beavis.
22:05 11/07/22
Ep. 78: Brandigenous
Jarid Taylor, the founder and CEO of Brandigenous comes onto Our Native Land. With a focus on eco/sustainable vision with an Indigenous empowered lens, Jarid and his company are striving to change the way we think about branding and marketing from start to finish.
24:22 04/07/22
Ep. 77: It’s Wine o’clock at NK’MIP Cellars in Osoyoos BC
When there’s a wine, there’s a way. The Osoyoos Indian Band has insured its members economic future with a state of the art and meaningful winery that has won the taste buds of many wine lovers across Canada. Join host Tchadas Leo as he takes a special trip across BC to visit the first Indigenous owned winery in North America. Tchadas spends time with Estate Manager Troy and Estate Wine maker Justin to really understand the land, the wine and the success of the winery. Sit back and enjoy this wine-derful episode! Special credit is due to Adam Lehman for being an excellent co-producer for this episode.
22:16 27/06/22
Ep. 76: Residential School Survivor Eddy Charlie (Orange Shirt Day Victoria)
Eddy Charlie is a residential school survivor from Kuper Island which is located off the east coast of Vancouver Island. Eddy has been talking about his experiences and stories on a national and international level and hopes to help others heal with him and educate people on Canada’s tragic past.
34:25 20/06/22
Ep. 75: All about the Moose Hide Campaign with Sage Lacerte
ONL is on a roll and back in studio with host Tchadas Leo. This week, Sage becomes the second in person guest on ONL and talks about the grass roots campaign that her and her family started back in 2011.
22:39 13/06/22
Ep. 74: BCIT Webinar, Dos and Don'ts of using Indigenous Imagery, Art and Culture
In this episode of ONL, Tchadas gets to be a part of a webinar focusing on the “Do’s and Don’ts” of using Indigenous Imagery, Art and Culture in business from a panel of Indigenous artists and entrepreneurs. Host: Julie Nolin. Panelists: Jaymie Campbell, Tchadas Leo, Merle Alexander and Keenan Bevis.
22:48 06/06/22
Ep. 73: Hanging out with Tchadas Part 3
Hey ONL Fans! Tchadas is back on the Island and ready to rant off his gratitude for friends, family and the Island. Tchadas then talks about status cards and the 1 year anniversary of the 215 unmarked graves that were discovered in Kamloops.
23:00 30/05/22
Ep. 72: Wisdom from Elder Gerry Oleman
This week on Our Native Land we talk to Elder Gerry Oleman, Host of Teachings In The Air, an Indigenous health and wellness podcast. Teachings in the Air aims to inspire, motivate, and empower Indigenous people to be sound in mind, body and spirit - because that's what healthy means.
30:20 09/05/22
Ep. 71: Writer, Producer, Actor Darcy Waite
DJ Burnt Bannock is Darcy's newest project which airs on APTN! Darcy is an Indigenous writer/producer/actor and runs through his already impressive career with host Tchadas Leo.
22:07 02/05/22
Ep. 70: South Dakota Horse Therapy with Robyn Knecht
On this episode of ONL, we go down to South Dakota (virtually!) and we have a chat with Robyn who works with a Catholic school that uses horses to help Indigenous youth.
21:40 25/04/22
Ep. 69: Adam Olsen, MLA for Saanich North and the Islands
Welcome Adam Olsen to ONL! Adam Olsen (SȾHENEP) is the Member of the Legislative Assembly for Saanich North and the Islands and member of the B.C. Green Caucus. Born in Victoria, BC, Adam has lived, worked and played his entire life on the Saanich Peninsula. He is a member of Tsartlip First Nation (W̱JOȽEȽP)
31:59 18/04/22