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Tim King & Sheena Bolton: Exploring CyberTitan

Tim King & Sheena Bolton: Exploring CyberTitan

On this episode of the Root & STEM podcast, Sheeana Bolton and Timothy King of the Information and Communications Technology Council (ICTC) explain CyberTitan, a cybersecurity competition for middle and high schoolers organized by the ICTC. Tim breaks down what goes on during a CyberTitan competition and the benefits a competitor might take away from … Continued

Julia Young: The Modern Learner

Julia Young: The Modern Learner

On this episode of the Root & STEM podcast, former Pinnguaq co-op student, Julia Young, shares her unique journey as a highschool student and the helpful tips and tools she learned along the way. She begins by explaining The Science Behind podcast series she created with no prior media production or teaching experience. (03:21). Next, … Continued

Get Cyber Safe: The Cybersecurity Manual

Get Cyber Safe: The Cybersecurity Manual

On this episode of the Root & STEM podcast, Christine Menard of Get Cyber Safe shares loads of tips and advice regarding cybersecurity. She begins with an explanation of what Get Cyber Safe is (01:20), and continues by revealing which demographics are the highest risk for cyber attacks (03:08). Christine lays out an immediate action … Continued

Hackathon: A Conversation on Coding

Hackathon: A Conversation on Coding

Winners of the 2023 Kawartha Lakes Hackathon, Callum Penney and Aiden Mackey, recap their experience participating in the event. They are joined by Tanner Big Canoe, a Junior Software Developer at Pinnguaq and co-organizer of the hackathon, Tanner Big Canoe who provides some context on hackathons and how they can be beneficial to competitors. To … Continued

Dr. Rajen Akalu: Artificial Intelligence and User Privacy

Dr. Rajen Akalu: Artificial Intelligence and User Privacy

Lawyer and UOIT Business Law Professor, Dr. Rajen Akalu offers insights on the privacy concerns of artificial intelligence and data collection. He shares examples of misuse of personal user data (12:03) and describes the current legislation aimed at protecting the privacy of Canadians (23:13). Dr. Akalu also identifies a middle ground between business and ethics … Continued

Aidan Pine: Digital Dictionary

Aidan Pine: Digital Dictionary

On this episode of The Root & STEM Podcast, host and journalist Sofia Osborne speaks with Aidan Pine, a researcher working on the Indigenous Language Technology project at the Canadian National Research Council. Pine shares what got him interested in language revitalization (00:56). He then explains how his endangered language dictionary app Mother Tongues was … Continued

Harnessing The Benefits of Social Media

Harnessing The Benefits of Social Media

This episode explores what classifies as social media, how various parties use it, how it can be beneficial, and how to avoid common safety pitfalls including: Geolocation on pictures, when and what to avoid posting, dangers of having public profiles or accepting all friend requests, and digital scams.

Harnessing The Benefits of Online Learning

Harnessing The Benefits of Online Learning

This episode explores why so many people are considering online learning, how it compares to in-person learning, and ways to both maximize the benefits and avoid possible privacy dangers such as sharing personal information, mistaking a scam for a credible institution/school, and the impact on mental health.

Richard Van Camp: The Spirit of Denendeh

Richard Van Camp: The Spirit of Denendeh

On this episode of the Root & STEM podcast, Richard Van Camp, shares all about his ongoing graphic novel series The Spirit of Denendeh. He begins by crediting those who contributed to the creation of the books (00:45). Richard reviews A Blanket of Butterflies, the first volume of The Spirit of Denendeh (03:20), before teasing … Continued

Richard Van Camp: Fort Smith or Fiction?

Richard Van Camp: Fort Smith or Fiction?

On this episode of the Root & STEM podcast, Richard Van Camp, shares experiences growing up as an Indigenous person in Fort Smith, Northwest Territories, and how those experiences helped shape him into the successful author he is today. He begins by describing how a nearly fatal emergency led to his obsession for comics and … Continued

Amanda Almond: AR & Attribution

Amanda Almond: AR & Attribution

On this episode of the Root & STEM podcast, Matriarchal Firekeeper and project coordinator at UAlberta, Amanda Almond, shares her experiences in research and community engagement, including her involvement in creating an interactive augmented reality (AR) learning experience. The We Are All Related AR project teaches local Indigenous knowledge and uses an AR format by … Continued

Waubgeshig Rice: The Sequel to Survival

Waubgeshig Rice: The Sequel to Survival

On this episode of the Root & STEM podcast, Anishinaabe author and journalist, Waubgeshig Rice, shares details of his sequel to Moon of the Crusted Snow, his critically acclaimed 2018 novel, and offers insights to Indigenous issues from the perspective of a professional in writing and broadcasting. He begins by offering a brief summary of … Continued

Jon Corbett: Decolonizing The Computer Space

Jon Corbett: Decolonizing The Computer Space

On this episode of the Root & STEM podcast, Indigenous computational media artist, computer programmer & professor at Simon Fraser University, Jon Corbett, shares his journey in creating a programming language that reflects the values of his Cree culture. He begins by defining programming using unique comparisons to relatable life experiences (00:53). He then describes … Continued

Louise Bernice Halfe: A Poetic Life

Louise Bernice Halfe: A Poetic Life

Former Parliamentary Poet Laureate Louise Bernice Halfe shares her story of poetry and healing on this episode of the Root & STEM Podcast. Louise begins by thinking back to the origins of her love for writing (01:10) and shares where she draws inspiration from (06:30). She explains what works to preserve Cree language (10:23), before … Continued

Jocelyn Malla: Healing and Learning Using Music

Jocelyn Malla: Healing and Learning Using Music

In this episode of the Root & STEM podcast, educator, musician and winner of the 2022 Qilaut songwriting contest, Jocelyn Malla explores the importance of music in literacy education, language preservation, and self-healing. She shares the meaning behind her award-winning song Kajjaarijara (00:53) and how her love for creating music started (03:29). Jocelyn describes her … Continued

Sherisse Richards: Turning Programming into Community Storytelling

Sherisse Richards: Turning Programming into Community Storytelling

In this episode of the Root & STEM podcast, Pinnguaq’s digital skills educator, Sherisse Richards, shares how Scratch–a programming language–can help educators teach students about coding, storytelling, and animation. She explains what Scratch is, how it can be used, and why it’s gained global popularity (00:49). She dives into Scratch’s core uses beyond programming education, … Continued

Marie Curie: Confidence

Marie Curie: Confidence

This episode takes a look at Marie Curie and how confidence helped her to become the first woman to win the Nobel Prize for her discovery, and how we can be confident in ourselves just like her.