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Welcome women of Canada! I am your host Sarah Swain, former corporate hustler turned lifestyle entrepreneur and THIS is the great Canadian woman podcast. The Great Canadian Woman makes waves, she moves mountains and blazes trails to light the way for others and demonstrate with integrity what’s possible for you, too.  HERE is where we raise the frequency of Canada, one woman at a time. Get ready to learn, grow, connect with like-minded women and collect as much courage and inspiration as you need.  There’s greatness calling you forward and it’s time.  Get ready to make waves, move mountains and blaze trails!

Jun 30, 2020

Today's episode of Uncomfortable Conversations features Crystal "Zee" Hardy, an Anishnawbe-kwe and hand drummer from Bliinjitiwabik Zaaging Anishnabek in Northern Ontario. Crystal’s Spirit name is Zongwe Binesikwe, which means Sounding Thunderbird Woman.

Zongwe Binesikwe is the host and brainchild behind Under the Same Stars podcast and decolonizes your airwaves on Zee's Place Radio Show.  She is a featured author in Lighting the North - An Anthropology of Feminism and Cultural Diversity from Across the Nation available Fall 2020.

Her storytelling is guided by Spirit and is related to her personal healing journey as an Indigenous Woman, creating Unity, and decolonizing healing practices.  She devotes her life to bringing light and love into the world.

In today's episode you will learn:

  • Crystal's story of growing up as an Indigenous Woman in Northern Ontario.   
  • The reality that the BIPOC community is facing right now around being tired of being an advocate; and the importance of White people using their voices to help advocate, educate and continue to UN-Learn racial biases 
  • Breaking down and explaining the meaning of the word "Decolonization"
  • And so much more...

Remember, if you feel uncomfortable at all during the conversations, we invite you to sit in it, that’s what these episodes are about. 

"...this is how we start a revolution. This is how we change together is by learning and growing, but it starts with us. " Crystal Hardy

Thank you so much for tuning in. If you loved this episode, reach out to the contributor in the show notes! And if you love this podcast, leave us a rating and review – it means so much to us content creators and helps us know what content is really helpful for you! 

Until next time everyone Make Waves, Move Mountains, & Blaze Trails.

Listen to Crystal’s past Episode on the podcast here: Episode 055 - Zongwe Binesikwe - Breaking The Cycle of Disadvantage

Connect with Crystal Online:

Email Crystal

Facebook: Zongwe Binesikwe

Instagram: @zongwebinesikwe


Lighting the North Book: Pre-Order Here

Zee’s Place Radio Show: CILU 102.7fm

Podcast: Under the Same Stars

Order the book Seven Fallen Feathers as recommended by Crystal Here: Seven Fallen Feathers by Tanya Talaga, Michaela Washburn, et al.