Leah Dorion invites you to ‘Paykiiwikay’
- John Lagimodiere | January 14, 2021
Leah Dorion is asking people to come and visit.
She is the host of Paykiiwikay (‘come and visit’ in Michif) Métis Culture Podcast, a new ten-part podcast focusing on Métis culture and the Michif Language. Dorion, an accomplished educator, artist and author joins with veteran producer David McGuffin to take the listeners on a journey through Saskatchewan Métis communities and along the way we get to meet some remarkably interesting Métis people.
“I learned so much from our guests about our many ways of being Métis. Their messages are uplifting, and I hope everyone enjoys listening to our conversations. I especially hope our youth get some inspiration from these wonderful cultural leaders in our Métis community,” said Dorion.
There is a wide range of guests on the show. Dorion interviews Michif educators like Russell Fayant, Elder Norman Fleury and actress and musician Andrea Menard. Topics vary from the impact of the loss of the Michif language, to the arts, to Métis food and cooking.
The show is made possible by a partnership between Canadian Geographic and Métis Nation–Saskatchewan. ‘Paykiiwikay’, will address the very real need to preserve heritage, tradition, and Métis identity. “Everything Métis people do is tied to our value systems, beliefs, and respect,” said MN-S Minister of Language, Culture & Heritage, Sherry McLennan in a statement. “This podcast series will help teach others about the rich Métis history that is an integral part of the makeup of this province.”
One of Dorion’s favourite interviews was with Adam Daigneault. “I am such a fan of fiddle music that I have a special place for the fiddle talent of Adam,” said Dorion in an interview. “I really support his artistic practice, as it is truly grounded in Métis culture and identity. I am pleased that Adam gave us permission to use his tune Buffalo Gals" to open our podcast series. He really does have an old time style and will keep our Métis style alive for future generations. I enjoyed every unique episode though. The community members are so interesting.”
She is also personally embracing the intent of the show. “Norman Fleury really encouraged me to keep learning and using the Michif language and I have already taken up his challenge in 2021 by listening to the GDI Michif to Go App on my cell phone almost every day.”
‘C’ launched on Tuesday, January 12th, with new episodes released until May. They can be streamed on Google Play, Amazon Music, Spotify, SoundCloud, and at cangeo.ca/Paykiiwikay.