On National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, Canadians are encouraged to participate in learning and listening activities to build their awareness of the tragic and painful history of residential schools, acknowledge their ongoing impacts and remember the children who never came home. In this Chatter That Matters collection of Indigenous voices, listeners can hear from residential school Survivors, Indigenous people who overcame barriers to achieve greatness and victims of abuse whose stories don’t end in despair but in empowerment, change and hope.
Chatter That Matters episodes that celebrate Indigenous heritage
Phil Fontaine on Truth and Reconciliation
Former National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations Phil Fontaine was one of the first to publicly address the physical, psychological and sexual abuse in residential schools — and his story encouraged other Survivors to come forward. He turned his anger into a lifelong pursuit of acknowledgment and change, playing an instrumental role in raising awareness and advancing reconciliation. In this conversation, Fontaine reflects on the past and paints a hopeful vision of the future.
Dr. Alika Lafontaine on Empathic Patient Care
The first Indigenous president of the Canadian Medical Association (CMA), Dr. Alika Lafontaine, shares his unconventional journey. Managing through a learning disability as a child, Lafontaine overcame his barriers, eventually completing his MD and a fellowship in anesthesiology. He won CBC’s “Next Great Prime Minister” competition with a platform focused on reconciling the Treaty relationship between Canada’s Indigenous Peoples and Canadians. He discusses his patient-first approach to healthcare founded on empathy and trust and his vision for a better system that considers the collective health of patients, doctors and nurses.
Indigenous Speaker, Activist and Author Sandi Boucher Shares a Path Forward to Reconciliation
“Every conversation can have an impact on reconciliation,” says Sandi Boucher, Indigenous activist, speaker and author who is living proof that your past doesn’t have to be your future. In this episode of Chatter That Matters, she shares her journey, history and hope for a future that acknowledges the past but isn’t defined by it. Her book “The Path” is a detailed action plan for Indigenous/ Canadian reconciliation.
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After Conquering His Addictions, Tim Stewart Changes His World for the Better, Lifting Up Others Along the Way
After Growing Up Amidst the Worst of Humanity, Dr. Emmanuel Taban Models the Best of Humanity
A Kid from Nepean Quarterbacks a Career Spanning the NFL, Good Morning America & The Bachelor
Fennella Bruce Went From the Minority of One to Becoming “The One” — a Successful Producer, Writer and Entrepreneur
Danielle Kaplan: When Her Thrill-seeking Husband Crashed His Motorcycle, What Happened Next was Miraculous
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Chatter That Matters: Joe Foster, Co-founder of Reebok on Starting a Business on a Shoestring
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Chatter That Matters: Legendary Jeanne Beker on why passion & pursuit are a dreamer’s greatest asset.
Chatter That Matters: Reverend Dr. Gordon Postill on his astonishing calling & a life reclaimed
Chatter That Matters: Jean-Louis Brenninkmeijer Celebrates Canada in a Big, (Yet Miniature) Way
Chatter That Matters: Ed Hajim’s Remarkable Journey from Foster Care to Giving Millions Back to Those in Need.
Chatter That Matters: Amber Mac on the Bright Side of Disruption & the Dark Side of Technology
Chatter That Matters: How the 1972 Summit Series United a Country and Brought the World A Little Closer
Chatter That Matters: At the Launch of the Founder’s Journey, Bryan Baeumler Shares his own Entrepreneurial Path
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Chatter That Matters: Hollywood Fixer Ori Spado Shares Stories of his Life in Crime & Going Legit
Chatter That Matters: Syrian Refugee Tareq Hadhad’s Incredible Story of Survival & the Canadian Dream
Chatter That Matters: Life Lessons and Branding Secrets from Apple’s Brand Evangelist, Guy Kawasaki
Chatter That Matters: A-List Angels, Cash Kings & Hip Hop Billionaires — Zack Greenburg Shares the Inside Scoop
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