To strengthen communication and share the rich history of stories within the Indigenous community, Southern Chiefs’ Organization (SCO), Grand Chief Jerry Daniels, announced the launch of a new weekly radio program, “Fireside Chats with Grand Chief Jerry Daniels.” Set to debut today, January 19, 2024, the 30-minute show will grace the airwaves every Friday evening from 5:30 to 6:00 pm Central Time on NCI FM.
Grand Chief Daniels, a staunch advocate for the over 85,500 citizens from 34 Anishinaabe and Dakota Nations in southern Manitoba, expressed the organization’s commitment to storytelling and disseminating valuable information. “Telling positive stories and sharing information, programs, and services that benefit our member Nations is an integral part of our advocacy work,” he emphasized.
The inaugural episode, airing tonight at 5:30 pm, promises an insightful journey through SCO’s history, present endeavours, and future aspirations. Listeners will be treated to the wisdom of Cornell McLean, a longstanding Lake Manitoba First Nation Chief, and introduced to Tréchelle Bunn, one of SCO’s two Youth Chiefs from the Birdtail Sioux Dakota Nation. Grand Chief Jerry Daniels will host the program, providing a platform for engaging discussions.
“Radio is a powerful medium. I am proud to be the first guest on Fireside Chats with Grand Chief Jerry Daniels,” shared Chief McLean, reflecting on SCO’s upcoming 25th-anniversary celebration in 2024. “Launching a radio program at this juncture allows us to reflect on SCO’s history while highlighting the programs, projects, and services we are actively working on today.”
The broadcast will air on NCI FM, known as Native Communications Inc., a public broadcaster operating in Manitoba. This Indigenous service organization is dedicated to radio programming by and for Indigenous people, emphasizing non-partisan engagement.