Tanya Kappo: On the Round Dance Revolution & Finding a Place in Political Activisim

It’s been five years since the Idle No More movement swept across the country, an impossible-to-ignore call for reflection on issues such as treaties, upcoming legal changes, and the on-going, problematic living conditions of too many Indigenous people in Canada.

Tanya Kappo, an Edmonton resident from the Sturgeon Lake Cree Nation, was right in the middle of the movement. She organized teach-ins and was a prominent voice in the “Round Dance Revolution.”

In this episode, Kappo reflects on Idle No More as a demonstration of Indigenous women’s leadership — and how the momentum has carried on.

“There were a lot of women across the country who really found their voice, took their place and stayed there,” she says.

Kappo talks about Indigenous women’s leadership, past and present, in their own communities and beyond. She also talks about how projects led by Indigenous women are creating meaningful recognition of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls.

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