Île-à-la-Crosse, Saskatchewan | Traditional territories of several First Nations including nêhiyawak (Plains Cree), Nahkawininiwak (Saulteaux), Nakota (Assiniboine), Dakota and Lakota (Sioux), and Denesuline (Dene/Chipewyan)“Nôhcimihk/Into The Bush” is a groundbreaking podcast series that combines environmentalism and Indigenous knowledge with academic insights. Launching with three episodes on April 10, it aims to captivate listeners throughout Canada and engage a global following to support Indigenous voices.

“Our mission with ‘Nôhcimihk’ is to offer a platform for stories of resilience, wisdom and forward thinking that can inspire and empower our audience to take an active role for the environment,” Burnouf said.

“Nôhcimihk/Into The Bush” provides guests with an opportunity to share their unique perspectives in the Canadian media space. It challenges conventional viewpoints by highlighting the experiences of those living off the land, fighting to protect it and finding their path within it.

It emerges at a critical time when the environmental and social justice crises are increasing in intensity, while the conversation around environmental conservation is gaining momentum in Canada. By bringing together voices from various backgrounds, including those connected with the land, PhDs, environmental protectors and knowledge keepers, it fosters an understanding of conservation and Indigenous ecological knowledge.

The first three episodes feature interviews that provide insights into the indelible bond between humans and Earth:

  1. Melina Laboucan-Massimo explores her experience growing up in northern Alberta, discussing the barriers communities face in the energy and environmental sector.
  2. Tawhiao McMaster discusses the impacts of colonization and the resiliency of Indigenous nations around the world.
  3. Danii Kehler highlights the importance of granting personhood to Antarctica and the need to protect the environment for future generations.

Burnouf, the force behind the podcast, has crafted a series that challenges people to rethink their perspectives and encourages a broader, more inclusive dialogue. As Canada continues to navigate its path toward reconciliation and sustainability, Nôhcimihk is a source of inspiration.

“It invites listeners from all walks of life to join in a transformative journey, empowering them to bring dialogue to their communities and contribute to global climate action,” Burnouf said.

“Nôhcimihk offers a unique opportunity to engage with critical issues from a place of understanding and respect,” David Suzuki Foundation director of sustainable communities Julius Lindsay said. “We encourage podcast listeners to join Jordyn in this enlightening exploration of environmentalism, Indigenous wisdom and the power of collective action.”

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For more information or a media interview, please contact:

Jordyn Burnouf, jordynburnouf@gmail.com, 306.420.7063