Podcasts

BearPaw Legal Education & Resource Centre podcasts are available online on our website. The podcasts are free to download for educational purposes and for use on Aboriginal community radio.
 
For more information please contact:
Stefanie Varze, Community Engagement and Distribution Officer
780-429-9302

NEW-Children and Youth Appealing Court Orders


No matter how old you are, you deserve to have your voice heard. New laws in Alberta give anyone under 18 the right to appeal certain court orders that affect their life. This podcast walks you through appealing a Child, Youth and Family Enhancement Act court order; including who can help you, how an appeal works, and things you might run into along the way.

Children and Youth Appealing Court Orders
Children and Youth Appealing Court Orders


NEW-Applying To Terminate a Permanent Guardianship Order


Sometimes, in order to be a healthy parent, people must go through a healing journey. This podcast  looks at laws that give former guardians the opportunity to bring their family together again, after losing their children under a permanent guardianship order (PGO).

Applying to Terminate a Permanent Guardianship Order
Applying to Terminate a Permanent Guardianship Order


NEW-Grandparents Rights


This podcast explains the traditional role of Aboriginal grandparents, the historical significance of family members being severed from one another, and what a grandparent can do to maintain connection to their grandchild in government care in Alberta today. Grandparents will learn about Family Group Conferences, guardianship, kinship care, and visitation and feel empowered in their sacred family role.

Grandparents Rights
Applying to Terminate a Permanent Guardianship Order


Discrimination in the Workplace


Discrimination in the Workplace provides information about discrimination and harassment. Learn if your situation is protected under the Alberta Human Rights Act or if it is general workplace harassment.

Discrimination in the Workplace
Discrimination in the Workplace


Divorce Options


Divorce Options This podcast explains ways to handle your divorce, through lawyers, mediators and self-representation or a combination of the three. It can help you figure out what steps will work best for your situation and offers some ideas to learn more about the divorce process.

Divorce Options
Divorce Options


Understanding Aboriginal Identity


Understanding Aboriginal Identity Understanding Aboriginal Identity explores the complex issue of self-identification for Aboriginal people. Today, Aboriginal identity remains inextricably linked with past government legislation and the continued stereotyping of Aboriginal people in the media and Canadian history. From a Metis farm in rural Alberta, to the offices of Canada’s leading scholars, Understanding Aboriginal Identity examines the factors that shape who we are.

Understanding Aboriginal Identity
Aboriginal Identity


Aboriginal Taxation


Aboriginal Taxation clarifies the myth that Aboriginal people don’t pay for taxes and explains when a First Nations individual is or is not tax exempt.

Aboriginal Taxation
Aboriginal Taxation


HIV


The Canadian Aboriginal population is one of the fastest growing groups being diagnosed with HIV today. Due to a lack of education, the disease’s victims continue to face fear and discrimination. Court and legislator involvement in their lives makes matters even more complicated. This podcast features four Aboriginal Canadians diagnosed with HIV. In hearing their stories, the viewer will learn how they cope with the stigma surrounding their illness and live within the new rules governing the most intimate part of their lives.

HIV
HIV


PARENTING & DISCIPLINE: WHERE TO DRAW THE LINE


Discipline comes in many forms and has many meanings for different people. In this podcast, we look at traditional Aboriginal concepts versus western concepts and learn about the roles and responsibilities within family dynamics. We will also look at the key aspects of Section 43 of the Criminal Code, which is also known as ‘the spanking provision’. Historically, parents have had the duty of disciplining their children and have had the right to spank them when appropriate. Many parents do not understand what the law in Canada states regarding spanking children. This has caused some parents to ‘give up’ disciplining their children at all, for fear that Children and Youth Services will apprehend their children. In this podcast, we learn about the Supreme Court’s decision on spanking as well as alternatives to discipline within the family structure.

PARENTING & DISCIPLINE: WHERE TO DRAW THE LINE
PARENTING & DISCIPLINE: WHERE TO DRAW THE LINE


KINSHIP CARE


This podcast explains the process of how to become a kinship family and what your job entails, stressing the importance of children being placed within their own family or community.

KINSHIP CARE
KINSHIP CARE


FOSTER CARE


Learn about how to become a foster parent and what your job entails. This podcast explains how valuable foster families are.

FOSTER CARE
FOSTER CARE


UNDERSTANDING GLADUE


Understanding Gladue is a podcast production about the Gladue Decision.  It looks at the landmark ruling by the Supreme Court of Canada in 1999. The decision says judges must take the unique circumstances of Aboriginal people into account during sentencing. The documentary also explains the importance of having pre-sentence reports, which outline life circumstances and history, used in court and sentencing. Understanding Gladue is an informative and insightful educational podcast with interviews from lawyers, courtworkers and Aboriginal leaders.

UNDERSTANDING GLADUE - part #1
UNDERSTANDING GLADUE - part #1


UNDERSTANDING GLADUE - part #2
UNDERSTANDING GLADUE - part #2
UNDERSTANDING GLADUE - part #3
UNDERSTANDING GLADUE - part #3
 
Understanding Gladue was re-produced as a podcast from:
 
Click here to download suggested script for radio use.
 

SACRED CIRCLE


Sacred Circle explains the concept of Family Group Conferencing (FGC) in the context of child apprehensions. The use of FGCs by the Alberta government in affiliation with courtworkers employed by Native Counselling Services of Alberta (NCSA) is based on a traditional approach to consultation. Most children in care are Aboriginal so this approach addresses all parties involved in the difficult process. The podcast includes insights from provincial childcare workers, NCSA courtworkers and Aboriginal elders.

SACRED CIRCLE
SACRED CIRCLE

Sacred Circle was re-produced as a podcast from:
 
Click here to download suggested script for radio use.
 
*Traditional flute music for the production is provided and performed by Cynthia Jim of Saddle Lake, Alta.
 

 INVISIBLE


 
Invisible is a two-part podcast that talks about that challenges of dealing with the justice system when it comes to Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder. It features compelling interviews with three individuals who candidly share their experoiences with FASD  and their struggles within the justice system. Invisible exposes the myths and realities of FASD and what experts believe is needed to help offenders with the disorder.
 
INVISIBLE - part #1
INVISIBLE - part #1
INVISIBLE - part #2
INVISIBLE - part #2
 
Invisible is re-produced as a podcast from:
 
Click here to dowlaod suggested script for radio use.

CYBER-BULLYING


This podcast gives viewers a rare glimpse into the true nature of cyber bullying. This recording explores how technology has changed everything about how kids relate to each other, and the dangers that come with instant communication in public forums.

CYBER-BULLYING
CYBER-BULLYING