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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!


All Nations Outreach Society
After struggling with addiction, James Harry Sr founded the All Nations Outreach Society to help those on the downtown Vancouver EastSide.
23:41 12/05/2024
Myron "Mylo" Fowler
National Geographic photographer & activist Mylo shares his journey with the arts and nature.
23:09 04/05/2024
Learn from the Land
Land restoration experts Sarah and Judith talk about the importance of rebuilding native species for the community’s medicine.
24:04 28/04/2024
Victoria Native Friendship Centre
An Indigenous hub to support families and community, the Victoria Native Friendship Centre is proud of all 75 programs that they support. Tchadas gets a first hand view of a few of them.
22:07 20/04/2024
Indigenous Storytelling Through Art
Kwakwaka'wakw artist Lou-Ann Neel dives into her role with BC Creative as well as the work she does to protect indigenous artists from counterfeit merchandising.
22:38 07/04/2024
Running for Residential School Awareness
Indigenous Athlete Sasha Parron talks about intergenerational trauma, and being raised by a mother who suffered through residential school. Channeling that pain, Sasha runs to raise awareness and make a difference.
22:53 30/03/2024
Murray Rankin and Reconciliation
BC Minister of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation Murray Rankin and Tchadas revisit BC’s journey of reconciliation and improving relationships between the government and Indigenous communities.
22:14 23/03/2024
Rap Songs Representing Resilience
Rapper Alexander Reyes chats with Tchadas about his music and ambition behind connecting with Indigenous youth.
21:13 10/03/2024
Orange Shirt day with Eddy Charlie
Orange shirts have become an icon for residential school survivors and raising awareness of Canada’s Indigenous History. Eddy Charlie - the co-organizer of the program- tells us more about the campaign.
24:19 03/03/2024
“The Truth in Truth and Reconciliation” a Board Game
It’s game on with James Darin Corbiere as he shows Tchadas his new board game called “The Truth in Truth and Reconciliation” which is a great educational tool about Canada’s history of Residential Schools..
23:09 24/02/2024
Premier David Eby at the Legislature
Premier Eby and Tchadas sit down to talk about reconciliation, Indigenous Protected and Conserved Areas, (IPCA) and Bannock.
22:34 18/02/2024
Kiixin Tours
In this episode of Our Native Land we travel to Bamfield, British Columbia, and go on an adventure with Kiixin Tours. Kiixin is the only known traditional First Nations village remaining on the west coast of southern B.C, with significant standing house remains. Join us on this tour with our guide Wisqii as we adventure through the rainforest, down to a secret beach, and learn all about it.
43:09 01/10/2023
Our Native Land Will Return in Jan. 9th 2024
Thank you so much for listening to Our Native Land. We are taking a small break for the first time since the start of the show back in 2020. Please go back and enjoy any previous episodes you may have missed, and Tchadas will be back in January 9th 2024 with fresh episodes for you!
01:03 21/09/2023
Ep. 127: Attorney General Niki Sharma
Join me on this episode of Our Native Land while I sit down with the Attorney General Niki Sharma and discuss her law practice in aboriginal rights and her visit to Geneva with Deputy Minister Jessica Wood.
22:09 29/08/2023
Ep. 126: Land Guardians Receive Park Ranger Badges
Indigenous Land Guardians of the Nuxalk and Kitasoo Xai’Xais Nations on B.C.’s central coast have been given the same legal authorities as Park Rangers within their ancestral territories. A pilot project that First Nations across Canada are following with interest. Join me as I sit down and discuss this with Guardian Manager Ernie Tallio and Chief Councillor Doug Neasloss.
21:45 22/08/2023
EP. 125: Minister Rankin on Our Native Land
Murray Rankin was elected as the MLA for Oak Bay-Gordon Head in 2020. He has served as Minister of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation since 2020 and has also served as Attorney General. Murray is a lawyer with expertise in environmental, Indigenous, and public law. Join host Tchadas Leo as they discuss important and current pressing issues for Indigenous communities in B.C.
23:32 18/07/2023
Ep. 124: Cheryl Bryce on Our Native Land
Cheryl is a knowledge keeper from the Songhees Nation and works with the First Nation Land Management Resource Centre
22:41 11/07/2023
Ep. 123: National Indigenous History Month with Shilo Clark and Tania Big Plume
Today's episode I sit down and celebrate the importance of Indigenous History Month by conversing about the artists and organizers from Buffalo National Museum and Blackfoot Crossing Historical Park.
22:43 04/07/2023
Ep. 122: The Strangling Wolf Brothers
Together Stevie-Ray and Shelby write, direct, produce an act in their own short films. During National Indigenous History Month, the brothers are excited to premiere several of their short films in Vancouver. Join host, Tchadas Leo and learn all about what it takes to produce your passion projects.
22:29 27/06/2023
Ep. 121: Rob Shulz Founder of Shop First Nation
On this episode of Our Native Land I chat with Rob Shulz, Founder of Shop First nation and his upcoming event. The New West Craft Indigenous Market aims to bolster First Nations, Inuit, and Métis artists and small businesses by encouraging consumers to invest in Indigenous made art, goods, and services.
22:31 13/06/2023
Ep. 120: Chief Jerry Jack
Chief Jerry Jack is Klakwagiila and comes from the House of Tsee-sah-aht. He is a Hereditary Chief from Mowachaht/Muchlaht First Nation (MMFN). Chief Jack has over 40 years of experience in working on First Nations issues including justice, policing, governance, fisheries and environmental management.
22:38 06/06/2023
Ep. 119: Rachelle Dallaire returns with the Indigenous Perspectives Society
Rachelle Dallaire returns to the show after being our 4th original guest back in November 2020, with an update on the Indigenous Perspectives Society.
22:28 30/05/2023
Ep. 118: Indigenous Architecture with Patrick Stewart
Patrick Stewart is an architect with many firsts. He was the first Indigenous president of an architectural association in Canada, the first Indigenous president of the Architectural Institute of British Columbia, and the first Indigenous person in BC to own and operate an architectural firm.
22:31 16/05/2023
Ep. 117: Local Politics Mayor Marianne Alto
On this week's episode of Our Native Land we talked about the Mayor's first six months in office and her thoughts on how the previous city council handled matters around reconciliation
22:51 09/05/2023
Ep. 116: Sonia Furstenau Leader of the BC Green Party
On this episode of Our Native Land we sit down with Sonia Furstenau, Leader of the BC Green Party, to discuss Indigenous policies and she gives a report card on the NDP.
22:42 02/05/2023
Ep. 115: David Garneau is a Métis painter, curator, critical art writer interested in expressions of Indigenous contemporary ways of being
On this episode of Our Native Land we sit down with David Garneau, the Winner of the 2023 Governor General's Award in Visual Media and Arts
22:48 25/04/2023
Ep. 114: Indigenous Law and Canadian policy with Leo Baskatawang
From humble activist beginnings, Leo Baskatawang walked across Canada with the Indian Act tied to his ankle in 2012, and is now an Assistant Professor of Law at the University of Manitoba.
22:12 18/04/2023
Ep. 113: Creative and innovative food products made from regenerative aquatic resources.
On this episode of Our Native land we chat with Stevie Dennis, one of the two founders of NAAS Foods, to discuss their vision and how it came to light.
22:57 11/04/2023
Ep. 112: Hope & Health For Life Society with Co-Founder/CEO Deana Gill and Co-Founder/Board Member Sqwulutsultun William Yoachim
On this episode of Our Native Land we sit with the Hope & Health For Life Society and discuss their vision and how it came to light. Hope and Health is a movement that brings communities and people together with our nation's most vulnerable children and youth at the center.
20:36 04/04/2023
Ep. 111: Orca Cove Media with Harold C Joe and Leslie Bland
This week on ONL we discuss film production with Harold and Leslie who have worked together on Orca Coves Dust N' Bones, Tzouhalem, and most recently Cedar is Life.
22:52 21/03/2023