Indigenous leaders are among those reflecting on the legacy of Queen Elizabeth II. Her supporters mourn her recent death. Many others take the opportunity to question her role in important issues such as reconciliation for Indigenous peoples in Canada. The Queen and the rest of the Royal Family are largely figureheads for the United Kingdom, but have a significant platform for advancing important causes. Today on Native America Calling, Shawn Spruce examines the late Queen’s 70-year reign and the prospect of a new British monarch from an Indigenous perspective with Canadian MLA Adam Olsen (member of the Tsartlip First Nation), representing Saanich North and the Islands; Dr. Natasha Lightfoot, professor of history at Columbia University; Delia Opekokew (Cree from Canoe Lake First Nation), lawyer, writer and the first First Nations woman called to the bar in Ontario and Saskatechewan; Niigaan Sinclair (Anishinaabe), columnist for the Winnipeg Free Press and professor of Indigenous studies at the University of Manitoba; and Nancy Kelsey (Anishinaabe of Little River Band of Ottawa Indians and Indigenous Salvadoran), columnist for Cleveland.com.
Break 1 music: 500 Years O’ Blues (song) Digging Roots (artist) Seeds (album)
Break 2 music: Beat Goes On (song) Donna Kay (artist) The Journey (album)