1.9 Interview with Jocelyne Vogt / Harold Cardinal’s “A Canadian What the Hell It’s All About”

It’s the last official episode of 2020! As I mention in this episode and the last, I’m taking a break from producing the podcast, and I’ll be back in January 2021.

On this episode, I’m chatting with Jocelyne Vogt about teaching Harold Cardinal’s essay “A Canadian What the Hell It’s All About” in her high school English Language Arts classes in the Francophone school system in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan.

Our conversation includes: how curricular requirements and standards (e.g. text lists) inform teaching; how to prepare high school students for university; and why citation matters. Plus, a podcast fave: the connections between teaching, reading, and activism.

  • As explained in the episode, Cardinal’s essay is originally from his second book, The Rebirth of Canada’s Indians (1977), but you can find it published more recently in the anthology An Anthology of Canadian Native Literature in English (4th ed., 2013), edited by Daniel David Moses and Terry Goldie. If you’re having trouble accessing this essay but want to read it, please get in touch at teachinbookspod@gmail.com.
  • You can get in touch with Jocelyne at jocelynevogt@cefsk.ca or on Instagram @jdumonce. She also has a new Instagram account for educators and other interested folks to find reliable Indigenous resources in French: @frenchiemetisteaches.
  • You can contribute to Back 2 the Land: 2Land 2Furious at their GoFundMe page (includes e-transfer email address) and find more about it in this Briarpatch article.

The podcast music is by Dyalla Swain, whose work you can find here. The podcast graphics are by @muskrathands.

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**Read the transcript for this episode here.**