DiscoverPretendians
Pretendians
Claim Ownership

Pretendians

Author: Canadaland

Subscribed: 18,528Played: 137,335
Share

Description

What do some of the most prominent and successful Indigenous artists, leaders and professors have in common? They aren’t Indigenous. 


There are hundreds of cases of Indigenous identity fraud that we know about, and likely thousands that we do not. So why do these so-called “pretendians” do it? How do they pull it off? And what happens when they are exposed? 


In each episode of this riveting new podcast series, co-hosts Robert Jago (Kwantlen First Nation and Nooksack Indian Tribe) and Angel Ellis (Muscogee (Creek) Nation) reveal unbelievable stories of audacious fraudsters and investigate the complex phenomenon of Indigenous identity theft. 





Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

20 Episodes
Reverse
Thunder Bay host Ryan McMahon pops in to tell you about a new podcast you’re going to want to know about – launching right here on May 14th. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Trailer

Trailer

2018-10-1202:45

The highest homicide and hate crime rates in the country. A mayor charged with extortion. A police chief who faced trial for obstruction of justice. Nine tragic deaths of Indigenous high schoolers. Why does it all happen here?   Thunder Bay debuts on October 22, 2018.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Locals call it Murder Bay.It might be the most dangerous city for Indigenous youth in the world. But to others, it's their white nirvana.Host Ryan McMahon wants to know - not who killed all those kids, but what killed them. This is Thunder Bay. Support us here: canadaland.com/join. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Chapter 2 - Clowns

Chapter 2 - Clowns

2018-10-2243:414

A dark, grainy, cellphone video leads to criminal charges against the mayor, his wife, the chief of police, and a multimillionaire lawyer turned convicted sex offender, whose wife disappeared years ago.Support us here: canadaland.com/join. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Nine teenagers died. There is evidence of foul play. There are suspects. There are motives. There have even been confessions. But nobody has ever been charged. In a town with no consequences, it will happen again. Support us here: canadaland.com/join. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Agnew Johnston was a lawyer who represented the state against criminals. But he was a criminal himself, paying underage girls for sex. His defence? Everybody in Thunder Bay is doing it, so why are you picking on me? The story of a case that implicated Thunder Bay's elite. Support us here: canadaland.com/join. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Chapter 5 - Burners

Chapter 5 - Burners

2018-11-2629:392

What if Thunder Bay isn't broken?What if it's working just as it's supposed to?Support us here: canadaland.com/join. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
New stories from Thunder Bay. Coming November, 2020.Original artwork by Blake Angeconeb and Michah Dowbak.Support us at canadaland.com/join.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
It’s infamous as the homicide and hate crime capital of Canada. And now, Thunder Bay has been officially diagnosed as racist. But so what? Does knowing this mean that anything will change?Welcome to Canada's first post-truth town.Support us here: canadaland.com/join. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
When a system is broken, you can work outside of it to create something new, or you can try to change it from within. But what happens when you need the system?Support us here: canadaland.com/join.This episode is brought to you by Missing From the Village and HelloFresh. Additional music by AudioNetwork.CORRECTION: An earlier edit of this episode presented an incomplete criticism of the editorial focus of CBC Thunder Bay. Apologies to Michael Dick and his team for this oversight. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
The verdict arrives in the trial that everyone’s talking about. Can there be justice? As Thunder Bay grapples with the truth about itself, people are still dying. Kids are still dying. So where do we go from here?Support us here: canadaland.com/join.This episode is brought to you by HelloFresh. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Post-Mortem, Part 1

Post-Mortem, Part 1

2023-11-1341:01

For over five years, Canadaland has been investigating Thunder Bay, Ontario. Specifically, we have been trying to figure out why there were so many unanswered questions around the deaths of Indigenous people in this one Ontario town. We have looked at the cops. The schools. The courts. The  government. The people in the town itself. But we never looked at the coroners and the forensic pathologists who are a central part of death investigations. And once we started to do so, freedom of information requests and leaked reports pointed to even greater problems with how deaths are investigated, that could span the entire province. And so we went back to Thunder Bay.Host: Jesse Brown Credits: Cherise Seucharan (Reporter), Jon Thompson (Reporter), Ryan McMahon (Reporter), Tristan Capacchione (Audio Editor and Technical Producer), Bruce Thorson (Senior Producer), Annette Ejiofor (Managing Editor), Karyn Pugliese (Editor-in-Chief)Further reading: Lawyer says families 'ignored' as Broken Trust final report on death reinvestigations expected within weeks, CBC News, Feb 15, 2022Reports on racism and a reckoning for Thunder Bay, TVO Today, Jan 17, 2019Ontario coroners looking to unionize over working conditions, upcoming reforms, CBC News, June 14, 2023Horwath calls for review of Hamilton forensic pathology unit closure, CBC News, August 23, 2019'Disappointing' response so far to 7 youth inquest recommendations, says Aboriginal Legal Services, CBC News, August 23, 2017Thunder Bay TV series, CraveAdditional music by Audio NetworkSponsors: Douglas, Communauto, IndochinoIf you value this podcast, support us! You’ll get premium access to all our shows ad free, including early releases and bonus content. You’ll also get our exclusive newsletter, discounts on merch at our store, tickets to our live and virtual events, and more than anything, you’ll be a part of the solution to Canada’s journalism crisis, you’ll be keeping our work free and accessible to everybody.You can listen ad-free on Amazon Music—included with Prime. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Post-Mortem, Part 2

Post-Mortem, Part 2

2023-11-2037:161

Ryan McMahon and Jon Thompson team up with Cherise Seucharan for the conclusion to Post Mortem, a two-episode dive into the connection between the police, the coroners, and the canary in a coal mine for death investigations across the province.Host: Jesse Brown Credits: Jon Thompson (Reporter), Cherise Seucharan (Reporter), Ryan McMahon (Reporter), Tristan Capacchione (Audio Editor and Technical Producer), Bruce Thorson (Senior Producer), Annette Ejiofor (Managing Editor), Karyn Pugliese (Editor-in-Chief)Further reading: Reinvestigation into nine Indigenous deaths to focus on ‘finding the truth’ — TBNewswatch, October 16, 2019Lawyer says families 'ignored' as Broken Trust final report on death reinvestigations expected within weeks — CBC News, Feb 15, 2022Reports on racism and a reckoning for Thunder Bay — TVO Today, Jan 17, 20192 police officers step on handcuffed man's back as doctor watches at First Nation nursing station — CBC News, Jul 10, 2017Thunder Bay Police Board chair apologizes to families after report urges more death reinvestigations — CBC News, March 16, 2022Thunder Bay TV series, CraveAdditional music by Audio NetworkSponsors: Oxio, Squarespace, Better HelpIf you value this podcast, support us! You’ll get premium access to all our shows ad free, including early releases and bonus content. You’ll also get our exclusive newsletter, discounts on merch at our store, tickets to our live and virtual events, and more than anything, you’ll be a part of the solution to Canada’s journalism crisis, you’ll be keeping our work free and accessible to everybody.You can listen ad-free on Amazon Music—included with Prime. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
What do some of the most prominent and successful Indigenous artists, leaders and thinkers have in common? They aren’t Indigenous.  From major universities, to the halls of power, to Hollywood, there are people claiming to be Indigenous in the interest of power, money, and status. There are dozens of outrageous cases of Indigenous identity fraud that we know about, and likely thousands that we do not. So why do these so-called “Pretendians” do it? How do they pull it off? And what happens when they are exposed?  Find out on Tuesday, May 14. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Why do people pretend to be Native? Hosts Robert Jago (Kwantlen First Nation and Nooksack Indian Tribe) Angel Ellis (Muscogee (Creek) Nation) begin their journey by asking someone who has been doing just that. He’s not just your average imposter – "Grand Chief" Guillaume Carle is the king of the “pretendians", a French Canadian who made a small fortune creating his own fake First Nation and issuing phony Indian Status Cards to thousands of other identity thieves. Pretendians cannot get made without you. For a limited time, become a Canadaland Supporter for just $2/month and get every episode one week early and ad-free.Sponsors: AG1 BetterhelpYou can listen ad-free on Amazon Music—included with Prime. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Pretending in Prison

Pretending in Prison

2024-05-2132:172

Marvin "Casper" Ouimet was your ordinary terrifying Hells Angel mob boss until he was sent to prison for conspiracy to commit murder. That's where he declared himself to be Indigenous. The prison asked no questions, and granted him access to a special program for Native inmates, in which prisoners get private cells, spiritual guidance, better food and ultimately – reduced sentences. But what about the real Natives in these programs?Hosts: Robert Jago & Angel Ellis Credits: Jesse Brown (Publisher, Executive Producer), Caleb Thompson (Audio Editor, Mixer), Karyn Pugliese (Editor-in-Chief)   Pretendians cannot get made without you. For a limited time, become a Canadaland Supporter for just $2/month and get every episode one week early and ad-free. Sponsors: AG1, BetterHelpYou can listen ad-free on Amazon Music—included with Prime. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Oklahoma's Republican governor Kevin Stitt is a card-carrying member of the Cherokee Nation. So why is he also considered the most "anti-Native governor" in history? A look at his family history reveals some wild surprises, and shows how Indigenous identity can be used as a weapon against Native nations.Pretendians cannot get made without you. For a limited time, become a Canadaland Supporter for just $2/month and get every episode one week early and ad-free. Sponsors: AG1, BetterHelpYou can listen ad-free on Amazon Music—included with Prime. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Pretendian Hunters

Pretendian Hunters

2024-06-0430:111

What happens when Pretendian investigations go wrong? Robert talks to Jacqueline Keeler, the person behind the “Alleged Pretendians List". Then, he talks to Kiros Auld, whose name appeared on that controversial list. The problem? Kiros is legitimately Native.Editors Note - An earlier version of this episode stated that "the Pamunkey Indian Tribe is the only federally recognized tribe in the state of Virginia" Since publishing it was brought to our attention that The Pamunkey Indian Tribe is one of seven federally recognized tribes in the state of Virginia.​​Pretendians cannot get made without you. Become a Canadaland Supporter and get every episode one week early and ad-free.Sponsors: BetterhelpYou can listen ad-free on Amazon Music—included with Prime. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
There are no shortage of stories about movie stars who played Native and kept the act going even after the cameras stopped rolling. Iron Eyes Cody, Sacheen Littlefeather, and Johnny Depp – being a Pretendian is a Hollywood tradition! A history of how they did it, and how well they were paid for it. ​​Pretendians cannot get made without you. Become a Canadaland Supporter and get every episode one week early and ad-free.Sponsors: AG1 BetterhelpYou can listen ad-free on Amazon Music—included with Prime. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Indigenish

Indigenish

2024-06-1839:231

What makes people fake being Native? How do they explain it once the truth comes out? And is there any way to be not Native, but….Native adjacent? We talk to three people who lived it.​​Pretendians cannot get made without you. Become a Canadaland Supporter and binge the entire first season ad-free.Sponsors: AG1 BetterhelpYou can listen ad-free on Amazon Music—included with Prime. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Comments (36)

Miriam Zeira

his absolute audacity!!! j'en reviens pas

May 30th
Reply

squogg

That was a frustrating and infuriating interview done very well. His pivot to health issues when the questions got tough... smh

May 29th
Reply

Ch3No2

What's up with Lichisdik laughing at every damn thing? Does he think this shit is funny? Damn he's pathetic!

Dec 14th
Reply (1)

LadyMae

This poor town needs new life blown into it.

Nov 26th
Reply

Jack Lopez Sr.

Very good podcast

Jul 17th
Reply

William

Way too much content that's catered to wannabe journalists and writers in the GTA.

Mar 2nd
Reply

William

More podcast series like Thunder Bay and Dynasties please. Less podcast series that are aimed for Toronto journalists. We get way too much Canadaland produced content that is about the media business.

Mar 2nd
Reply

I'm listening

such an amazing podcast! I don't know how it took me so long to find it, maybe cuz we really don't talk about indigenous people's issues enough!

Sep 8th
Reply

Logan

Ive lived between B.C. and the yukon in small towns for all of my life. Sadly these stories are all too common. In whitehorse, where i grew up, there are so many parralells to thunder bay it blows me away... If the creator of this podcast reads this, thank you for taking the time to tell these stories... too many just like them are never told. And the monsters continue to walk in plain sight.

May 20th
Reply (1)

Akwaaba B

the best podcast out there!

Apr 21st
Reply

Akwaaba B

brilliant narration.

Apr 20th
Reply

Brandon Wallingford

More purveyors of the climate scam. I love in Ontario and I want more pipelines. All the solutions to the hysteria are cheap, easy and simple to implement.

Apr 11th
Reply

Karen W.

it has another dead indigenous 17 year old found dead.

Jan 24th
Reply

Carmen Day

jo p08q7lm991oopap p

Dec 28th
Reply

Karen W.

keep the truth coming!!!! We need to uncover the corruption!

Dec 13th
Reply

Joseph F

very well done.

Dec 9th
Reply

k case

I'm sad this series is over. It's a really good podcast. Please please do update episodes or another podcast. Many interesting and important issues were discussed.

Nov 26th
Reply

M

is there elements of Italian mafia up there? I drive through TBay all the time, I'm up there about once a week

Nov 19th
Reply

Betony Ann

subscribed and donating on Patreon! AMAZING 💓💓💓

Nov 15th
Reply

Neatz Davis

that ex cop really needs to stop laughing when talking about KNOWING these underage sex trafficked workers and what was happening. I don't care if it's a nervous laugh or whatever. He is disgusting. I wonder if he would be laughing if they were talking about his daughter, or if he would have let it all happen if it was one of his daughters. This podcast is so good but I haven't listened to a podcast like this in a long time that makes me feel so sad, angry and a whole lot of disbelief that people can treat vulnerable people this way, even though I live in Australia and know what happens to our own indigenous Australians. I really hope that this all coming out can make some sort of change in that town and for the people who live there. This is hurting my heart. People need more kindness. now I'm starting to sound like a total hippy, I'm not, but I don't think I've been so affected by a podcast before.

Nov 12th
Reply (5)