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Face To Face, hosted by Dennis Ward, is an interview show with a focus on Indigenous issues. We not only talk to those in the headlines, but also those who are affected by the many problems facing Indigenous urban and rural communities.


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Season Five


Christian Sinclair: First Nation has close to $50M invested in cannabis industry

It was only a few years ago that Opaskwayak Cree Nation was near bankruptcy and third-party management. Now, the northern Manitoba First Nation is the largest shareholder in Canada’s largest private cannabis retail operator.

OCN Chief Christian Sinclair has been called the “kingpin of the pot industry” but he jokes he prefers the title of “titan of cannabis.” The First Nation was looking for economic opportunities and discovered the retail side of the cannabis industry was going to be the most lucrative.

Originally aired January 15, 2018


Ryan McMahon: Fighting for Indigenous youth, shining a light on a broken system

The highest homicide and hate crime rates in the country, a police service and police board under investigation and a Mayor facing serious charges. All compelling issues to dive into with a podcast.

Those are some of the reasons, Ryan McMahon wanted to put together the five-part series called ‘Thunder Bay’ that aired on the podcast for CANADALAND – but the Anishinaabe comedian, writer and documentarian had other reasons as well.

Originally aired January 9, 2018


Russ Diabo: Our people are demanding fundamental change

Unless there is significant change in the lives of First Nations people, Russ Diabo says there will be more push back from the people.

“Our people are increasingly demanding fundamental change, not incremental change,” says Diabo.

In this episode of Face To Face, Russ Diabo sits down with Host Dennis Ward.

Originally aired December 18, 2018


Tom Jackson: From life on the streets to fame and hinting at North of 60 reunion

The road to international recognition and fame was a bumpy one for actor, musician and activist, Tom Jackson.

In his younger years, Jackson spent time living on the streets of Winnipeg and Toronto.

It was in Toronto where Jackson says he had basically dug a hole for himself.

In this episode of Face To Face Jackson sits down with Host Dennis Ward to share his story.

Originally aired December 11, 2018


Clément Chartier: Metis National Council takes aim at ‘so-called Metis organizations’

In this episode of Face To Face, the president of the Métis National Council (MNC) says it is facing challenges from “the rise and proliferation of groups in eastern Canada who are falsely claiming Métis rights.”

Clément Chartier says people are purchasing “bogus cards” for memberships in organizations they then use to “bilk salespeople” for purchase on items like vehicles.

Chartier sits down with Host Dennis Ward to discuss the impact on the Métis Nation.

Originally aired December 4, 2018


Stewart Garnett: ‘It still goes on’ says the 60’s Scoop survivor

Stewart Garnett grew up believing he was white.

Garnett was adopted out during the 60’s Scoop to a non-Indigenous family.

He moved back in June 2015, just days before the Manitoba government officially apologized for its role in the 60’s Scoop.

Stewart Garnett joins Host Dennis Ward on this episode of Face to Face.

Originally aired November 27, 2018


Carolyn Bennett: Responding to criticism from MMIWG inquiry

Crown Indigenous Relations Minister Carolyn Bennett says the Liberal government has made “significant investments” in the recommendations brought forward by the commissioners for the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls.

Minister Bennett, joins host Dennis Ward on this episode of Face To Face to respond to the “new levels of frustration” the commissioners spoke about weeks earlier on the show.

Originally aired November 20, 2018


Kim Pate: There are too many Indigenous women in prison

Kim Pate has spent the past 35 years working in and around the legal and penal systems of Canada.

According to the independent Senator, things have only gotten worse.

In the last two decades, there’s been an explosion in the number of Indigenous women in the prison system.

In this episode of Face To Face, Pate joins host Dennis Ward to discuss Canada’s prison systems.

Originally aired November 13, 2018


Clayton Thomas-Muller: Trudeau has a big problem ahead of him

There are a lot of wild cards at play with the future of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, but Clayton Thomas-Muller believes Indigenous peoples and their allies have the upper hand.

“We forced the government to nationalize this pipeline with taxpayer’s’ dollars,” Thomas-Muller tells Host Dennis Ward on this episode of Face to Face.

Originally aired November 6, 2018


Darryl Leroux: Facing backlash after researching the rise of the Eastern Metis

Darryl Leroux says he has faced a backlash for his research into people claiming they are Eastern Metis. He says his critics have contacted his employer and grant providers.

Leroux is a professor in the Department of Social Justice and Community Studies in Halifax, Nova Scotia. He joined host Dennis Ward on Face to Face to discuss the rise of the Eastern Metis.

Originally aired October 30, 2018


Ry Morin: ‘Reconciliation is not easy’ says national reconciliation director

While buildings and streets are being renamed and statues are coming down in the name of reconciliation, it’s also causing controversy.

“Reconciliation is not easy” says Ry Moran, the director of the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation.

Moran joins host Dennis Ward on this episode to discuss reconciliation in Canada.

Originally aired October 23, 2018


Trudeau government inaction on interim report concerns commissioners of MMIWG inquiry

3 of the 4 Commissioners for the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls join host Dennis Ward on this episode of Face To Face.

Chief Commissioner Marion Buller and Commissioners Michèle Audette and Brian Eyolfson discuss the lack of action taken on the interim report and frustration the Trudeau government.

Originally aired October 16, 2018


Mary Jane Logan McCallum and Adele Perry: Looking at ‘structures of indifference’ that continue to devalue Indigenous lives

Ten years after the death of Brian Sinclair, Canada’s institutions continue to fail Indigenous people “by undermining and devaluing Indigenous life” argue co-authors of a new book.

“Structures of Indifference: An Indigenous Life and Death in a Canadian City” is a book about the life and death of Brian Sinclair.

Co-authors and history professors, Mary Jane Logan McCallum and Adele Perry join Host Dennis Ward on Face to Face to discuss the book and the ongoing history of colonialism and Indigenous people’s relationship to it.

Originally aired October 9, 2018


Robert-Falcon Ouellette: ‘The prime minister does give an F’ about the rights of Indigenous Peoples

In this season premiere of Face To Face with host Dennis Ward interviews Liberal Member of Parliament, Robert Falcon Ouellette.

From Prime Minister Trudeau ‘giving an F’, Gerald Stanley and the Trans Mountain Pipeline Project, Ouellette touches on many subjects.

Originally aired October 2, 2018