Episode 1: “Rain Awakens”

In the first episode of the Heritage for Global Challenges podcast series platforming diverse voices negotiating global challenges, we hear from artist sɬə́məxʷ (Rain Pierre). Rain is from the q̓ic̓əy̓ [Katzie] First Nation in British Columbia, Canada. In the first half of the podcast, Rain talks about the lasting legacy of residential schools on First Nations communities in Canada, and on his own family, as well as the impact of this history on his own life and the journey to becoming an artist. In the second half, Rain sits down with HGC Research Fellow Tanja Hoffman, who has been a longterm collaborator with the q̓ic̓əy̓ [Katzie] Nation. They discuss recovering lost stories, creating lasting kinships and becoming who you are in a world that is still haunted by the legacies of settler colonialism, and how we can learn from the past as a a practice of survivance for the future. 

About sɬə́məxʷ (Rain Pierre)

Rain has been a professional artist since 2016 and is a motivational speaker. He also teaches students and/or adults how to safely spray paint in small groups. He uses his art work for good and to help people. Rain is a longterm collaborator and Affiliated Member of the Heritage for Global Challenges Research Centre, and designed our centre logo

This podcast was recorded and edited by Kitty Turner.