Joseph Boyden says he needs to ‘step back a bit’ from offering his perspective on Indigenous issues. The popular Canadian author of such books as Three Day Road, Through Black Spruce and The Orenda is under fire after an investigation called his heritage into question. The controversy raises a frequent issue of whether there’s room for people like Boyden in an authentic discussion of Indigenous topics. We’ll ask that question of people who both support and condemn Boyden’s actions.
Nickita Longman (Saulteaux from George Gordon First Nation) – community organizer and freelance writer
Wab Kinew (Midewin) – Native author, journalist and hip-hop artist
Break music: Old School Hop (song) Cree Confederation (artist) Pakosiyimitan (album)