Rez Dog Walkers

Rez Dog Walkers podcast provides an intimate look at Indigenous land management, sustainability, politics and community on the West Coast. Hosted by Dallas Smith, the show features candid conversations with Indigenous leaders, politicians, business leaders, researchers and community members. Rez Dog Walkers offers an inside perspective on Indigenous issues and opportunities. Stay tuned as Season 1 drops in the weeks leading up to the 2024 BC Indigenous Resource Opportunities Conference, April 24 – 26, 2024. 

Rez Dog Walkers was produced in partnership with Dallas Smith and Erica Roberts, C3 Alliance, and Oh Boy Studios.
Rez Dog Walkers Artist, Fisher Roberts, Wei Wai Kum and We Wai Kai Nation

Episodes

Stewards of the Land with Alexandra Thomas and Dr. Melanie Clapham

Join Dallas and guests, Alexandra Thomas and Dr. Melanie Clapham for two remarkable conversations that shed light on the intricate relationship between Indigenous knowledge and environmental stewardship.

Triple, Venti, Soy, No Foam Latte with Chief Ronnie Chickite, We Wai Kai Nation, and Katherine Gordon 

In this episode, we explore stories of Indigenous leadership and economic development, including the beginnings of the first Indigenous owned Starbucks, as well as some behind the scenes on the making of Katherine’s new book and the profound connection to homelands in the Great Bear Rainforest

Bonus Episode: BC Indigenous Resource Opportunities Conference with Sarah Weber

In this episode, host Dallas Smith and Sarah take us on a journey through the evolution of the BC Indigenous Resource Opportunities Conference. From its humble beginnings in 2009 to becoming a powerhouse platform for indigenous voices in resource development and management across BC, this conference has seen remarkable growth and impact. 

Between 2 Farms with Deputy Chief Isaiah Robinson, Kitasoo Nation, and David Kimiele 

Explore the opportunities and challenges facing the aquaculture industry as Dallas and guests discuss the vital role of salmon farming in economic development and self-determination for First Nations like Kitasoo Xai’xais. From the science behind fish farms to the importance of nation-to-nation talks, this candid conversation delves into the complexities of building relationships between industry and Indigenous peoples while considering economic, environmental, and social factors.

Walking the Rez: Indigenous Entrepreneurship and Politics with Wade Grant

Join Dallas Smith and his esteemed guest, Wade Grant on a reflective journey through the intricate landscape of Indigenous affairs and government relations. In this episode, Wade Grant, deeply embedded in Indigenous affairs, shares insights into his current roles and responsibilities. Together, they explore the evolving dynamics of reconciliation between First Nations and the BC government over recent decades, highlighting positive strides and symbolic gestures marking a new era. 

All We Want to Be is Who We Are with Miles Richardson

Dallas Smith sits down with the remarkable Miles Richardson, the youngest president ever to lead the Haida Nation. In this captivating episode, Miles shares his inspiring journey from his roots in Haida Gwaii to being encouraged to enter Haida politics in his 20s and eventually becoming a pivotal figure in Indigenous politics and advocacy. Richardson remains dedicated to advancing Indigenous leadership and economic development. Tune in to hear this insightful leader’s perspective on advocating for his people throughout a remarkable career path.

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